If you intend to vote in the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries on June 7, you’ve got to be registered to vote by May 17. Now is also a good time to request a mail-in ballot if you don’t think you’ll be able to get to the polls that day.
REGISTER TO VOTE: To register to vote in New Jersey you must be a U.S. citizen who is at least 18 years old by the next election. You also must have been a resident of your current county (Essex County for Verona voters) for 30 days before the election.
You can pick up a voter registration form from Town Hall, the Essex County Clerk, a Department of Motor Vehicles office or just download it here. Fill it in and send it back to P.O. Box 690, Newark, NJ 07101-0690. The Voter Registration Form can also be used for name and address changes. Your registration form must be received by the Essex County Clerk 21 days before the election to be able to vote in it.
VOTE BY MAIL: Thanks to a change in voting laws, you don’t have to be out of town on election day to request a mail-in ballot. You can qualify even if your school, work or extra activities will make it hard for you to get to your regular polling place. Verona District 1 voters can use it if getting to their new polling place, the Claridge II building, will be inconvenient.
You can pick up a form to request a mail-in ballot at Town Hall or simply download this form from the Essex County Board of Elections. Send it back to them, and they will send you a mail-in ballot for the election. You must make the request no later than seven days before an election. You can even use the form to request that all future ballots be sent to you by mail.