Who Can Register to Vote: To register in New Jersey you must meet the following requirements:
• you are a United States citizen,
• you will be 18 years old by the next election,
• you will be a resident of the county for 30 days before the election.
You are not eligible to register to vote if you are serving a sentence or on parole or probation, as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law or have been adjudged mentally incompetent.
Are you registered to vote? Find out on the The New Jersey Division of Elections website: Am I registered to vote?
The New Jersey Division of Elections website lets you find your Ward, polling place, and voting district information by filling out an online form with your: Street Number, Street Name, City and County or Street Address, Street Name and Zip Code. If an exact match is found in the state's records, you will be provided with your Polling Place, Voting Area District and the County Election Official information.
If no match is found, please contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office for polling place location: 973-509-4900.
Go to Polling Place Search.
To register to vote in New Jersey you must be:
- a United States Citizen
- at least 18 years old by the next election
- a resident of your home county for 30 days before the election
You are not eligible to register to vote if you are serving a sentence or are on parole or probation, as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law, or have been adjudged mentally incompetent. The Commissioners of Registration cannot accept faxed copies or an electronic transmission of a voter registration form, since an original signature is required.
The Voter Registration Form can also be used for name and address changes. Forms must be received 21 days prior to the next election to be able to vote in that election.
What you must do:
• You may download a Voter Registration Form, (Español) or pick one up in person at the Clerk's Office or from your local, municipal clerk, or from a Motor Vehicle Agency office; AND
• Send the completed application to PO Box 690, Newark, NJ 07101-0690; OR
• Present the application in person at the Essex County Clerk's Office:
Essex County Clerk
Office: 465 Martin Luther King Blvd., Room 247, Newark, NJ
Mailing Address: PO Box 690, Newark, NJ 07101-0690
Download a map of Wards I-IV
Beginning at a point formed by the intersection of the northerly boundary line of the Township of Montclair with the easterly boundary line of the Township of Montclair and running thence
(1) southerly along the said easterly boundary line to the center line of Chester Road, if said center line were produced easterly; thence
(2) westerly along the center line of Chester Road crossing Grove Street and along the center line of Carolin Road to a point in the center line of North Fullerton Avenue; thence
When Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 the intent was to enforce the promise of the 15th Amendment—that every citizen has the right to vote. In 2002 the Federal “Help America Vote Act” (HAVA) was designed to have a significant impact on the manner in which states conduct elections and administer the electoral process. Provisions of this Act include a statewide voter registration system, replacement of antiquated voting machines, improvement of voting system standards to assure accurate vote counts and new identification requirements for first time mail-in voter registrants.
HAVA also requires all voting systems in the United States to:
- Allow voters to review the accuracy of their selections before casting their ballot;
- Allow voters to correct any vote;
- Provide a permanent paper trail of the votes cast;
- Allow a means for voters with disabilities to be able to vote independently;
- Furnish multi-lingual ballots in required election districts;
- Produce an error rate that does not exceed the error rate standards established by the Federal Election Commission; and
- Establish uniform and non-discriminatory standards for what constitutes a vote.
Together these two acts should have a major impact on our fundamental right to vote.
This year our State has made great strides in implementing many of their provisions.
New legislation of special interest to the Montclair voter:
- Permits voting by absentee ballot for ANY reason (download Absentee Ballot Application).
- Requires posting of a “Voter’s Bill of Rights”
- Provides for a separate presidential primary on the last Tuesday in February (State to reimburse the municipality for costs of same).
- Permits voter registration up to 21 days before an election.
- Permits voter to declare party affiliation on voter registration form.
- Requires that voting machines produce a voter-verified paper record for each vote cast.
As New Jersey moves forward with enabling legislation the ultimate responsibility remains with our Montclair citizens to go to the polls and vote.
The cost of a Montclair municipal election: $44,176.84
The cost of new voting machines for Montclair’s 35 districts: $35,000
The right to vote: PRICELESS
Linda S. Wanat, Municipal Clerk