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Civics 101: Information on Elections and Voting: Your Vote Counts!

Democracy cannot survive without citizens who participate. Use this guide to find information on when, where, and how to vote, information about candidates and issues, and information about politics in the United States.


This guide is intended to help you find information about issues and candidates for upcoming elections in New Jersey and the United States. Please use these tools to make informed decisions, and then vote for the candidates you prefer. Your vote is important.

For more information the Youth, Power and Policy guide contains materials that cover the history of youth activism, current, and proposed activism for social justice, voter rights, immigration and youth participation in Democracy.

Register and Vote

New Jersey Division of Elections
Voter Information Portal

Learning about the Election Process

This year, election day falls on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.

Early voting (in-person) will be available in New Jersey Saturday, October 26 to Sunday, November 3.

Check for your county's Early Voting polling places.
Top 5 Things To Know About In-Person Early Voting

Key NJ Deadlines

October 15, 2024

Last day to submit your voter registration application.

October 26, 2024

Last day to submit a vote-by-mail application through the mail.

November 4 by 3 pm

Last chance to get a vote-by-mail ballot in person at your county board of elections office.

November 5, 2024

Visit the polls or mail in your ballot. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than 8 pm on 11/5/2024, or returned to a secure ballot drop box or your county's Board of Elections office by 8 pm on election day.

Watch the Debates

First Presidential Debate 2024

Thursday, June 27, 2024
Atlanta, GA, hosted by CNN

Watch it on YouTube

Vice Presidential Debate 2024 Tentative: July 23 or August 13
Possible hosts: CBS News and/or Fox News
Second Presidential Debate 2024

Tuesday, September 10, 9 pm
Hosted by ABC News


This guide was developed by Leslie Murtha. Revised by Amanda Carey and Leslie Murtha, Atlantic Cape Community College Libraries.
Published 5/30/2020. Based on guide developed for 2016 presidential election. Last update 7/3/2024.