Rock the Vote

Kean University, like many colleges and universities throughout the United States, is partnering with Rock the Vote to encourage college students to take more interest in their local, state and federal elections.

This November voters across the New Jersey will elect individuals to represent their interests in our state's capital in Trenton. In addition to the statewide elections, voters will also be asked to decide the governorship of the New Jersey.


About Rock the Vote

Rock the Vote's mission is to engage and build political power for young people in our country.

Founded twenty-one years ago at the intersection of popular culture and politics, Rock the Vote has registered more than five million young people to vote and has become a trusted source of information for young people about registering to vote and casting a ballot. We use music, popular culture, new technologies and grassroots organizing to motivate and mobilize young people in our country to participate in every election, with the goal of seizing the power of the youth vote to create political and social change.

The Millennial Generation is diverse and huge in number, making up nearly 1/4 of the entire electorate in 2012. This is both the challenge and the opportunity. Rock the Vote is dedicated to building the political power of young people by engaging them in the electoral process, urging politicians to pay attention to issues that matter to young voters, and protecting their fundamental right to vote. Our goal is to reinvigorate our country's democracy and redefine citizenship for a generation in 2013 and beyond.

Fore more information about Rock the Vote, please visit

How To Register

To register to vote in New Jersey, the registrant must download and complete a Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form.

Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county.

Please see the section below for registration deadlines.


2013 Elections in New Jersey




Primary Date: 06/04/13
Registration Deadline: 05/14/13

Absentee Ballot Request Deadlines
In Person: 06/03/13 By Mail: 05/28/13

Early Voting Window: 04/20/13 - 06/03/13


General Date: 11/05/13
Registration Deadline: 10/15/13

Absentee Ballot Request Deadlines
In Person: 11/04/13 By Mail: 10/29/13

Early Voting Window: 09/21/13 - 11/04/13


NJ Special U.S. Senate Election


Primary Date: 08/13/13
Registration Deadline: 07/23/13

Absentee Ballot Request Deadlines
In Person: 08/12/13 By Mail: 08/06/13

Early Voting Window: 07/01/13 - 08/12/13


General Date: 10/16/13
Registration Deadline: 09/25/13

Absentee Ballot Request Deadlines
In Person: 10/15/13 By Mail: 10/09/13

Early Voting Window: 09/02/13 - 10/15/13


Voter Registration & Voting for College Students

College students register to vote in New Jersey by following the standard application process: every prospective voter must submit a voter registration application.

You can register to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen
  • You will be 18 years of age by the next election
  • You will be a resident of the State and county 30 days before the election
  • You are NOT currently serving a sentence, probation or parole because of a felony conviction

If you are in college, you have the option to register from your college address or your parent's address. There are good reasons for registering and voting at either residence, but keep in mind, the final choice is yours.

The registration deadline to vote is 21 days prior to the election day.

You will receive a sample ballot about 1 week before the election that will indicate where your polling place is or you can use our polling place locator.


Vote By Mail

In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by mail in any election. You do not need a reason to Vote by Mail. Don't feel like going to the polls? Simply vote by mail. Now there is "no excuse" not to vote!

A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot (see below), and returning the application to their County Clerk.

To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election.

A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election.

The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of a Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.


Voter Forms


New Jersey Statewide Use Voter Registration Forms

New Jersey Statewide Use Vote By Mail Ballot Applications:


Frequently Asked Questions


Where do I vote?

Your polling location is determined by your permanent address. In New Jersey, polling places are identified on the sample election ballot that you will receive in the mail. To identify your polling place online, please visit the NJ Department of State Division of Elections website and use the "Find my Polling Place" online tool. To access the online tool, please click here or visit


When are the polls open on Election Day?

In New Jersey, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of the election.


What do I bring with me to vote?

If you did not provide identification to the county commissioner of registration or if the identification information could not be verified, you must show identification at the polling place when you go to vote.

Identification may include, but not limited to, any current and valid photo ID such as:

  • Driver's license
  • Student or job ID
  • Military or other government ID
  • Store membership ID
  • United States passport
  • Bank statement
  • Car registration
  • Government check or document
  • Non-photo drivers license
  • Rent receipt
  • Sample ballot
  • Utility bill
  • Or any other official document

When is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote the November 2013 General Election in New Jersey is Tuesday, October 15, 2013.


Am I eligible to vote?

To register in New Jersey you must be:

  1. A United States citizen,
  2. At least 18 years old by the next election,
  3. 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.

    Note: If you are no longer serving a sentence, or no longer on parole or probation...,
    you CAN vote in NJ by completing a new voter registration form.

    You only lose your right to vote while on parole, probation or serving a sentence due to a conviction for an indictable offense under any federal or state laws.

  • If you were registered to vote before you were convicted, you must complete a new voter registration form once you have served your time.
  • If you are a pre-trial detainee or on bail pending appeal, you do not lose your right to vote.
  • If you have any questions, please contact your county commissioner of registration.

Voter Information for Non-New Jersey Residents

The voter registration information on this website applies specifically to New Jersey, as indicated. If you are a non-New Jersey resident, please visit the website of your state for specific voter registration information. Information about voter registration and elections in other states can be found online through the Rock the Vote Election Center.


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