For New Jerseyans, October 16th is the United States Senate special election. Here’s what you need to know.

The Basics: The vacancy emerged due to the death of five-term Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg on June 3, 2013. In the interim, the seat was held by Republican Senator Jeffrey Chiesa, who was appointed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to serve until the winner of the October special election is sworn in.

Candidates: Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) squares off against Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D).

Eligibility: In order to register to vote in New Jersey you must be a U.S. citizen who is at least 18-years-old by the next election as well as a resident of the county you’re voting in for 30 days before the election.

For more information on eligibility, registration, and confirming your registration click here.

Be Prepared: While it’s not mandatory that New Jersey residents bring an ID on Election Day, your best bet is to bring one just in case. Also, New Jersey law prohibits voters from wearing campaign clothing to the polls.

Where to Vote: The easiest way to figure out your polling place is to visit The NJ Department of State’s website. Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Important Links:

Division Of Elections:

Vote By Mail:

Division Of Elections Contact Information:

Election Law Enforcement Commission:


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