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2007-2008 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION INFORMATION



Important Dates for Voters:
December 17, 2007:    Deadline for filing to change political party affiliation. Click here for form (see procedure in Question 7 below).

January 15, 2008:    Deadline to register to vote. Click here for registration form.

January 29, 2008:    Deadline to apply by mail for an absentee ballot. Click here for absentee ballot request form.

January 30, 2008:    Sample ballots must be mailed by County Clerks to registered voters.

February 2, 2008:    Deadline for submission by fax of federal post card application by military and overseas voters.

February 4, 2008:    3:00 p.m. deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in person at the County Clerk's office.

***    FEBRUARY 5, 2008:    PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION DAY    ***



Other Important Primary Election Dates:
December 10, 2007:    Deadline for nomination petitions for delegates for the national conventions and "Choice for President".

December 16, 2007 - January 14, 2008:    County Boards of Election will publish notice of the upcoming Presidential Primary Election, and include voter registration information.

December 19, 2007:    Deadline to fill vacancy of party candidates.    Attorney General certifies nominees for the Presidential Primary.

January 14, 2008:    Deadline for certification of polling places by the county boards of election.




Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Who can vote in a primary election?    Registered voters may only vote in a primary for one party's candidates and they must have declared an affiliation with that party.    If you declared a party affiliation when you registered, you may vote in that party's primary.    If you did not declare a party affiliation when you registered, you may do so at the polls the first time you vote in a primary election.    After that, you will retain this party affiliation unless you file a form to change your party declaration.

  2. What candidates will be on the ballot on February 5th?    Voters will choose a slate of delegates who will vote at either the Republican or Democratic state convention.    The delegates will be committed to one of the candidates running for either the Democratic or Republican nomination for President.

  3. Will there be any state races on the ballot on February 5th?    No.    The February 5th primary is only for the Presidential race.    The state primary will be held on June 3, 2008.

  4. What parties qualify to run candidates in a primary election?    Currently in New Jersey, only the Democratic and Republican parties qualify for primary elections.

  5. Do you have to declare a political party choice when you register to vote in New Jersey?    No.    You may declare a party affiliation when you register but you are not required to do so.

  6. What if I did not declare a party when I registered to vote?    If you did not declare a party when you registered to vote (or checked the box that said "unaffiliated"), you may declare a party the first time you vote in a primary election.   Thus, if you did not declare a party when you registered, and have not voted in a primary election before, you may declare a party at the polls on February 5th and vote in that party's primary.

  7. What if I want to change my party affiliation?    To change your party affiliation, you must declare in writing your new choice with your county clerk, commissioner of registration or municipal clerk.   This party affiliation must be filed at least 50 days before the primary election.   In the case of the Presidential Primary Election in 2008, the deadline for filing the change of party affiliation is December 17, 2007.

    Click here for the Party Affiliation Declaration form. You may also use the current voter registration form by checking off Political Party Affiliation or Non-Affiliation Change in Box 1 and name the party of your choice in Box 10.    Make sure you include your name and address and sign the form.    Both forms are available from your county clerk, commissioner of registration or municipal clerk.

  8. What if you registered as a member of an alternative political party or put the word "independent" in the party designation line when you registered to vote?    You will not be able to vote in the presidential primary unless you change your party affiliation by the December 17, 2007 deadline.   Only the Democratic and Republican parties meet New Jersey's "political party" designation.   Those are the only two parties that select their candidates through a primary election process.   Thus, if you registered as a member of an alternative party or put the word "independent" in the party designation line, you must change your party affiliation if you wish to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary election on February 5th.

  9. Why is the Presidential Primary being held in February? Isn't it usually held in June along with the state primary?    The New Jersey legislature voted in 2007 to move the Presidential Primary from June to February.

  10. When will the general election for President be held?    The general election for President will be held on November 4, 2008.

  11. Who can vote in the General Election?    All registered voters are eligible to vote in the General Election and voters may vote for candidates of any party in the General Election.



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