Primary Election June 7, 2016

March 2016

To the Editor:

Be sure you're ready to vote in the June 7 primary election! Please review the following procedures and deadlines. Forms can be downloaded from the League of Women Voters' website. Go to and, on the home page, click on whatever form you need.

In New Jersey, only Democrats and Republicans are allowed to vote in a primary election and then only for candidates in their own party. If you are now registered as Unaffiliated, you may declare yourself either a Democrat or Republican at the polls. You will then be allowed to vote. If you wish to change your party affiliation - from Democrat to Republican or vice-versa - or to become Unaffiliated so that you can declare your party at the time of the election, you must submit a Party Affiliation Declaration Form by April 13.

May 17 is the deadline to register to vote in the primary election or to file your new name or address if either has changed since the November election. For high school seniors who've turned 18, the primary will be their first chance to vote!

May 31 is the deadline to apply to Vote by Mail - whether you'll be away on June 7 or simply don't want to take the time to go to the polls. By applying early, you can have your ballot sent wherever it's convenient.

Please be prepared, and please remember to vote.

Chrystal Schivell

Voter Service chair, League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area