ELIZABETH, NJ – November will soon be here and the political campaigns seem to get hotter every day, so it is time for residents to make sure they are properly registered and ready to vote.

New Jersey State Law allows a person who will be 18 on or before Election Day to register to vote before their 18th birthday.

County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has made it easier for young people to register. She recently announced that high school students in Union County who are 17 years old can now use the Union County Votes mobile app to pre-register to vote. The app includes a Party Declaration button.

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The new Are You 17? button is labeled “17” with a forward arrow to resemble a Parkway sign. Potential voters can determine their eligibility to vote by answering questions about their age, residency, and citizenship. If eligible, they can fill out and return a registration form. They will automatically be registered to vote on their 18th birthday.

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The Party Declaration button is designed to provide voters with a convenient way to access a Political Party Declaration Form, if they wish to change or declare their party affiliation in time to vote during a primary election. Under New Jersey State Law, voters currently affiliated with a political party must change their affiliation 55 days before a primary election. Unaffiliated voters may declare their affiliation at any time up to and including primary day. The New Jersey primary is Tuesday, June 7.

The Union County Votes app is a free download for mobile devices. Any Union County resident can confirm their registration and party affiliation status by using the Am I Registered? button on the Union County Votes app.

For all Union County Clerk programs and services visit online at ucnj.org.county-clerk or call 908-527-4787.