The Official Website for the Township of Belleville, New Jersey
Primary Election Day – 6/7/2016
The NJ Primary Election takes place on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Polls are open from 6 AM to 8 PM. A sample ballot can be found by clicking on this embedded link.
If you are not sure where your polling station is located, please click on the following image for more information:
If you would like to check upon your voter registration, please click on the following image for more information:
NJ PRIMARY ELECTION RULES
In New Jersey, only the State’s two most populous political parties have a primary election, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.
New Jersey has “closed” primaries. This means that only Republican voters can nominate Republican candidates, and only Democratic voters can nominate Democratic candidates. Voters registered with any of the other political groups recognized by the State of New Jersey (Libertarian, Green Party, etc.) cannot vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary.
Unlike some other states with closed primaries, voters in New Jersey who are unaffiliated with any political party or group can declare either Republican or Democrat at the polls on the day of the primary and vote in that party’s primary.
As of Jan. 1, 2005, New Jersey no longer formally recognizes Independent as a political group. For the purpose of voting in a primary, there are no Independent voters. A voter is either registered with one of the nine recognized political parties or groups, or they are unaffiliated.
There is a 55-day deadline to change your party affiliation before the Primary Election, which for the 2016 Primary Election was Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
Unaffiliated voters can declare either Republican or Democrat at any time. But any voter who changes party affiliation or un-affiliates after the April deadline is disqualified from voting in that Primary Election.
For more information, please visit the NJ Division of Elections website: