Voter Registration Deadlines for Upcoming Statewide Elections (New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and more)!

Introduction

On November 7th, 2017, voters in New Jersey, New York, and Virginia will be headed to the polls for various elections. Utah will be hosting a special election for its third Congressional district, following former Congressman Jason Chaffetz’ resignation earlier in the summer. The registration deadline for that election has since passed.

New Jersey and Virginia will be holding their gubernatorial elections, where both races feature term-limited incumbents. The entire New Jersey legislature will be up for election (the General Assembly and State Senate) while the entire Virginia House of Delegates will be up for election (the State Senate and House of Delegates will be up for election in 2019).

Various municipalities in New York will be holding general election contests for Mayor and city government, among them New York City. In addition, New York will be voting on whether to hold a state Constitutional Convention in 2018 (pursuant to a provision of the New York State Constitution which mandates a ballot measure on this issue every 20 years).

Voter registration deadlines are coming up though! Below is some information to help readers find the resources to register. Please register to vote if you are capable of doing so!


New Jersey

New Jersey will be electing a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and all members of the State Legislature. Incumbent Governor Chris Christie is term limited and unable to stand for election. Various cities will also be electing mayors and members of local government.

Registration Requirements:

  • US Citizen over the age of 18 by election day

  • Will have lived in current NJ residence for at least 30 days by election day

  • Not currently incarcerated, on parole, or on probation for a felony conviction

  • Must have registered 21 days before the election (October 17, 2017)

Registration Link: HERE

  • Voter registration forms must be mailed to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections

New York

Various municipalities, including New York City, will be voting for city government positions such as Mayor. In addition, New York will be voting on whether to hold a state constitutional convention.

Registration Requirements:

  • US citizen over the age of 18 by election day

  • Will have lived in current NY residence for at least 30 days by election day

  • Not currently incarcerated or on parole for a felony conviction; not deemed mentally incompetent by a court

  • Do not claim the right to vote elsewhere

  • Must have registered 25 days before the election (October 13, 2017 postmarked, must be received by October 18, 2017)

Registration Link: HERE

  • Voter registration must be mailed to the County Board of Elections

Virginia

Virginia will be electing a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and all members of the House of Delegates. Incumbent Governor Terry McAuliffe is ineligible to run for a consecutive term.

Registration Requirements:

  • US Citizen over the age of 18

  • Resident of Virginia (the state urges college students to check with their schools to determine eligibility)

  • Not currently stripped of voting rights (ex-felons with unrestored voting rights), not deemed mentally incompetent by a court

  • Do not claim to vote elsewhere

  • Must have registered 22 days before the election (October 16, 2017)

Registration Link: HERE

  • Voter registration may be completed online, or delivered to various government offices listed in the registration link

In addition the listed federal and statewide elections above, there are a number of states holding special elections for state legislative seats, as well as regularly scheduled general elections for judicial and local elections. Some of the voter registration deadlines are still open. If you are interested and capable of voting in these elections, please register!

State Election Type Deadline Registration Link
Georgia Special Legislative (several) Expired N/A
Maine Special Legislative (HD-56), statewide referendum Same Day in-person registration, October 17 by mail HERE
Massachusetts Special Legislative (two) October 18 HERE
Michigan Special Legislative (HD-01, HD-109) Expired N/A
Missouri Special Legislative (several) Postmarked October 11 (TODAY) HERE
Mississippi Special Legislative (HD-38, HD-54), Special Judicial (several) Expired N/A
New Hampshire Special Legislative (two) Same Day in-person registration Unclear
Oklahoma* Special Legislative (SD-37, SD-45) October 20 HERE
Pennsylvania Regular Judicial (several, including one PA Supreme Court) Expired N/A
South Carolina Special Legislative (HD-113) Expired N/A
Washington Special Legislative (several), Regular Judicial (WA Court of Appeals) In-person October 30 HERE

*Oklahoma will be holding special elections for these districts on November 14th

If we missed anything or have incorrect information, feel free to let us know or point it out in the comments. Please register to vote!

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