Committee on Political Education (COPE)

Every year, the affiliated union organizations that comprise the New Jersey State AFL-CIO vote on which election candidates to endorse based on voting records and working family issues. The New Jersey labor movement has a proud history of supporting candidates who support working families. Working in partnership with the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s political department, the state’s central labor councils and affiliated local unions, the Committee on Political Education (COPE) makes every effort to educate union members and their families about these endorsements and why they were made.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote in the 2023 Primary Election is May 16, 2023. For more information about registering to vote, click here To check your voter registration status, click here


You can register online. It’s easy and safe. To register online, you will need your date of birth and a driver’s license, a state non-driver Identification Card or your Social Security number. Online voter registration is available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Gujarati.

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At Motor Vehicles

If you are eligible to vote in New Jersey, you may register to vote at a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission office while applying for/renewing a driver’s license or non-driver identification (ID) card.

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You can download the printable form, then fill it out and deliver it into your County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county by Oct. 12. Voter registration forms are available in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Gujarati, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Hindi, European Portuguese and Arabic.

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Apply to Vote-by-Mail:

Click here for Vote-by-Mail Applications by County

Complete the Vote-by-Mail Application, and return it to your County Clerk

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For more information about vote-by-mail, click here:

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New Jersey State AFL-CIO 2023 Election Timeline

compiled 1/9/23


January 20       Candidate petition deadline: February fire district election

January 24       Election Day: January special school bond & Trenton Council

January 28       Voter registration deadline: February fire district election


February 11     VMB application deadline by-mail: February fire district election

February 17     VBM application deadline in-person: February fire district election

February 18     Election Day: February fire district election


March 6           Candidate petition deadline: April school board election

March 6           Candidate petition deadline: May non-partisan elections

March 14         Election Day: March special school bond

March 25         VBM ballots mailed: May non-partisan election voting begins

March 27         Candidate petition deadline: June primary election


April 4             Voter registration deadline: April school board election

April 12           Change of party affiliation deadline: June primary election

April 18           VBM application deadline by-mail: April school board election

April 18           Voter registration deadline: May non-partisan election

April 22           VBM ballots mailed: June primary election voting begins

April 24           VBM application deadline in-person: April school board election

April 25           Election Day: April school board election


May 2              VMB application deadline by-mail: May non-partisan election

May 5-7           Early voting: May non-partisan election (if approved by municipality)

May 8              VBM application deadline in-person: May non-partisan election

May 9              Election Day: May non-partisan election

May 16            Voter registration deadline: June primary election

May 30            VBM application deadline by-mail: June primary election


June 2-4           Early voting: June primary election               

June 5              VBM application deadline in-person: June primary election

June 6              Election Day: June primary election

June 13            Election Day: May non-partisan run-off election

June 13-14      New Jersey State AFL-CIO Endorsement Conference


July 31             Candidate petition deadline: November school board & fire district election


August 7          Constitutional ballot question deadline

August 12-13   New Jersey State AFL-CIO 27th Annual Labor Candidates School

August 29        Deadline for submission of public questions (not Constitutional Amendment)


Sept. 5             Candidate petition deadline: November non-partisan election

Sept. 23           VBM ballots mailed: general election voting begins

Sept. 26           Election Day: school bond


October 17      Voter registration deadline: general election

Oct. 28-Nov. 5 Early voting: general election


October 31      VBM application deadline by-mail: general election

November 6    VBM application deadline in-person: general election

November 7    Election Day: general election

November 13  VBM ballot must be received by county

November 20  County Board of Elections meetings


December 5     Election Day: non-partisan run-off

December 12   Election Day: December special school bond election


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