Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. For college students, it can be especially difficult to know if you’re eligible, how to register, and where to cast your ballot. To vote your values, here’s what you need to know.
Where you vote is determined by the address that you use to register to vote. As a college student, you may register to vote using your college address or your parent/guardians’ home address, depending on which district you prefer to vote in. To be clear, this is your choice, and can include the following scenarios:
- You are a college student – from either in- or out-of-state – studying in-residence at a New Jersey school and want to vote in the New Jersey elections this fall.
- You are a college student – whose parents/guardians currently live in New Jersey – studying in-residence at a school out of state and want to vote in the New Jersey elections this fall.
- You are a college student living in New Jersey attending classes virtually and want to vote in the New Jersey elections this fall.
If you are 17 years old you, you can register now and can begin voting once you turn 18. If you moved from out-of-state or from a different county in New Jersey to attend college and are registering with your college address, you must have resided at your new address for at least 30 days before the election to be eligible to vote from that address.