In New Jersey you may declare a party affiliation when registering to vote or by completing a Party Affiliation Declaration Form, but you are not required to do so. However, in a primary election, you may vote for only one party's candidates, and must declare yourself a member of that party. Currently, only the Democratic and Republican parties qualify for primary elections.
A registered voter currently affiliated with a political party who wishes to change their party affiliation must file a Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form 55 days before a Primary Election.
A registered voter currently not affiliated with a political party may declare their party affiliation up to and including Primary Election day.
You can print and complete the Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form and mail or deliver to the Commissioner of Registration/Superintendent of Elections in your county or you can also file it with your municipal clerk.
The Commissioner of Registration/Superintendent of Elections cannot accept faxed copies or an electronic transmission of Party Affiliation Declaration Forms, since an original signature is required.
If you have questions about declaring a party or voting in primary elections, please contact the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at 1-800-792-VOTE (8683).
Deadline to Change Party Affiliation
The following is the deadline to change party affiliation for those voters already affiliated with a party for the June primary. Voters who are currently unaffiliated may declare at the polls the day of the primary.
|Election||Change Affiliation Deadline|
|Primary Election||April 10, 2013|
|Special Senate Primary Election||June 19, 2013|