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National Voter Registration Act - Statutes/Codes


New Jersey Statutes Annotated - Title 19, Elections

19:31-6.11 Voter registration agency defined; declination forms, contents.

    A. - As used in this section, "voter registration agency" means:

    Any agency or office serving as a food stamp issuer, pursuant to P.L.1988, c.79 (C.44:8-153 et seq.) and the "Food Stamp Act of 1977," Pub.L.95-113 (7 U.S.C. s.2011 et seq.);

    Any agency or office providing or administering assistance under the "New Jersey Medical Assistance and Health Services Program," pursuant to P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.) and 42 U.S.C. s.1395 et seq.;

    Any agency or office distributing food pursuant to the special supplemental food program for women, infants and children (WIC), established pursuant to P.L.1987, c.261 (C.26:1A-36.1 et seq.) and Pub.L. 95-267 (42 U.S.C. s.1786);

    Any agency or office administering assistance under the Work First New Jersey program established pursuant to P.L.1997, c.38 (C.44:10-55 et seq.);

    Any public office of the Division of Developmental Disabilities, established pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1985, c.145 (C.30:6D-24), in the Department of Human Services;

    Any public office of the Office of Disability Services, established pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1999, c.91 (C.30:6E-3), in the Department of Human Services;

    Any recruitment office of the Armed Forces of the United States, subject to any agreement between this State and the Secretary of Defense of the United States for the joint development and implementation, as provided under subsection (c) of section 7 of Pub.L.103-31 (42 U.S.C. s. 1973gg-6), of procedures for applying at those offices to register to vote;

    Any office of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services of the New Jersey Department of Labor;

    Any office of the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired of the New Jersey Department of Human Services;

    Any county welfare agency or county board of social services established pursuant to the provisions of chapter 1 or chapter 4 of Title 44 of the Revised Statutes;

    The office of the commissioner of registration in the several counties of this State; and any office of the municipal clerk in the several municipalities of this State.

    B. - With each voter registration form and instructions provided to the cheif administrative officer at each voter registration agency under subsections e. and f. of section 16 of P.L. 1974, c.30 (C.19:31-6.4), the Secreatry of State shall provide at the same time a declination form that includes:

    (1) the question: "If you are not registered to vote where you live now, would you like to apply to register to vote here today?";

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    (2) the statement: "Applying to register or declining to register to vote will not affect the amount of assistance that you will be provided by this agency."; (3) boxes for the applicant to check to indicate whether the applicant would or would not like to register to vote, together with the statement:
    "IF YOU DO NOT CHECK EITHER BOX, YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE DECIDED NOT TO REGISTER TO VOTE AT THIS TIME.";

    (4) the statement: "If you would like help in filling out the voter registration application form, we will help you; The decision to seek or accept help is yours.  You may fill out the application form in private.";

    (5) the statement: "If you believe that someone has interfered with your right to register or to decline to register to vote, your right to privacy in deciding whether to register or in applying to register to vote, or your right to choose your own political party or other political preference, you may file a complaint with the Secretary of State." (insert address and current telephone number); and

    (6) the statement: IF YOU DECLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE AT THIS TIME, YOUR DECISION WILL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL BE USED ONLY FOR VOTER REGISTRATION PURPOSES. IF YOU DO REGISTER TO VOTE, THE WAY IN WHICH YOU DO SO WILL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL BE USED ONLY FOR VOTER REGISTRATION PURPOSES.

    C. - The Secretary of State shall cause to be prepared declination forms in the form provided for by subsection b. of this section in both the English and Spanish languages and shall provide such forms to the chief administrative officer of each voter registration agency which has an office in any county in which there is at least one election district in which bilingual sample ballots must be provided pursuant to R.S.19:14-21, R.S.19:49-4 or section 2 of P.L.1965, c.29 (C.19:23-22.4). 

    D. - The Secretary of State shall adopt, pursuant to consultation with the chief administrative officers at voter registration agencies, regulations for the prompt return of the completed voter registration forms, but in no case shall the forms be returned later than the fifth day following the date on which the completed forms are received by the voter registration agencies. 

    E. - All registration forms received by the Secretary of State in the mail or forwarded to the Secretary of State by employees or agents of the voter registration agencies shall be forwarded to the commissioner of registration in the county of the registrant.

    F. - Each completed declination form received by a voter registration agency shall be kept confidential for a period of at least two years.  The Secretary of State shall determine, pursuant to consultation with the chief administrative officers at voter registration agencies, which office or agency shall retain the declination forms.

    L.1994,c.182,s.26;  amended 1999, c.91, s.10.

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NJ Administrative Code -
Title 13, Chapter 17, Subchapter 1, Voter Registration
Current through August 2, 2004; 36 N.J. Reg. No. 15

    N.J.A.C. 13:17-1.7 Acceptance and Transmittal of Applications

    A. - An applicant shall complete all required portions of the voter registration application. If an applicant is unable to personally complete the form, another individual may complete the form for the applicant. The individual who completed the form for the applicant shall enter his or her name in the appropriate section of the voter registration application. If possible, the applicant shall sign or make his or her mark on the signature line of the application. If applicant cannot sign or make his or her mark, the assisting individual shall write “unable to mark” on the signature line.

    B. - The county commissioner of registration may reject an application if the applicant has failed to sign the voter registration application and/or if applicant’s name and street address are not properly completed or are unintelligible. Failure to properly complete other portions of the application may cause the county commissioner of registration to return the form for proper completion. Prior to rejection, a commissioner of registration shall take all steps necessary to provide the voter with the opportunity to complete his or her voter registration application.

    C - The absence of an optional telephone number of the applicant or the absence of the applicant’s last voter registration information shall not cause the application to be rejected.

    Repeal and New Rule, R.1996 d.211, effective May 6, 1996. See: 28 N.J.R. 1344(b), 28 N.J.R. 2393(b). Section was “Notification to registrant”. General Materials (GM) - References, Annotations, or Tables

    Case Notes

    Female who had been injured by ex-husband was entitled to register to vote without making her address matter of public record. D.C. v. Superintendent of Elections, 261 N.J.Super. 366, 618 A.2d 931 (L.1992). NJ ADC 13:17-1.6