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AARP New Jersey, August 16, 2010
The Power of Voting
The power of the older American’s vote is very influential. Nationally, Americans age 45 and up make up over half of the registered voters and voters in the country.
In 2008, 92 percent of the 83.1 million registered voters age 45 and older voted. This is a huge turnout when compared to an 83 percent voter turnout from registered voters 18-24. Your vote does make a difference, especially during congressional election years. In 2006, only 48 % of all registered voters 18-24 years old came out to vote.
If you are not already registered to vote, it’s easy. You can print out an application online to register to vote. A Spanish version is also available.
If you are computer savvy then you can register completely online by going to Rock the Vote. You can also sign up for election updates.
Remember that Identification is REQUIRED when you go to vote. You can bring any current or valid form of picture I.D. (driver license, military or government I.D., student or job I.D., store membership I.D., or U.S. passport). You can also use official documents (such as bank statements, car registration, government check or document, non-photo driver’s license, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill, or another official document) as identification when voting.
If you are going to be away or will not be able to go to your polling place on the day of the election you can request to vote by mail. To receive your ballot by mail the following forms must be submitted to your County Clerk’s Office seven days before the election. Apply to vote by mail
or voto por correo.
You can also apply in person at your County Clerk’s Office until 3 p.m. the day before the election. Only original copies of the application will be accepted.
Ballots must be submitted to your Board of Election by the close of polls on election day. You can call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837) after the election to find out if your mail-in ballot was counted or why it was rejected.
If you would like more information on who can vote, how you can register to vote, or where you go to vote you can visit the New Jersey Division of Elections online.
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