Voting is one of our greatest responsibilities as citizens of the United States. Please use this nonpartisan tool to help you prepare to vote in the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election.
To find voting resources for children, visit Kids Vote 2020.
You must be registered by Oct. 13, 2020, in order to be eligible to vote in the General Election on Nov. 3.
Prefer to register by mail? Download registration applications and view this guide to help you complete your voter registration application:
- Mercer County (English)
- Mercer County (Español)
- Applications for residents of other New Jersey counties
To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be:
- A United States citizen
- At least 17 years old, but you may not vote until you reach the age of 18
- A resident of the county for 30 days before the election
- A person not serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state of the United States (Restoration of voting rights after a felony conviction)
Voting Security: Learn about the steps being taken by the Department of State and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to protect the vote, including 2020 election initiatives, safeguarding and resiliency measures, and threat mitigation efforts.
Vote By Mail
Due to COVID-19, Gov. Murphy issued Executive Order No 177 to protect public health by mailing every active registered voter a mail-in ballot in advance of the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election. All voters, regardless of party affiliation, will receive ballots with prepaid return postage. Sample ballots will not be sent this year.
Find a drop box: In addition to mailing ballots, voters will have the option of placing their ballots in secure drop boxes, which are supplied locally by the Mercer County Board of Elections. The nearest drop box to the Sands Library Building is located at the Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon St., Princeton, New Jersey. Additional drop boxes are located throughout Mercer County. Drop boxes will be open beginning in Oct. 2020, until Nov. 3, 2020, at 8 p.m.
Postmark deadline: All ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 3, 2020, to be counted as valid by the County Clerk.
In-person polling locations: There will be a limited number of polling places available, with at least one in each municipality. Voters who go to the polls will be able to vote by provisional (paper) ballot or in a voting machine (only if the voter is disabled). For additional information on polling locations or becoming a poll worker, either follow this link or contact the Mercer County Board of Elections at (609) 989-6522.
Learn About the Candidates
For additional non-partisan information on candidates running for local office, visit the Princeton Perspectives online magazine’s October 2020 issue, which features the guide: 2020 Elections: Everything You Need to Know to Vote Locally & Informed.
It is important to find accurate, credible, and authoritative information and be mindful of the existence of fake news stories. There are a number of freely accessible tools available to help you in your research.
Center for Public Integrity | Award-winning nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative journalism organization
factcheck.org | Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and focuses on national politics.
Politifact | Founded by the Tampa Bay Times and now operated by the Poynter Institute, PolitiFact is a nonpartisan fact checking organization that focuses on national political figures.
Ballotpedia | A nonpartisan information source that allows voters to see what will be on their ballots
Federal Elections Commission | Track campaign financing information for candidates as well as a searchable database for voters
GovTrack | Track federal legislation or see the voting and bill sponsorship records of Representatives and Senators
Kids Voting USA | Nonpartisan information for kids and resources for educators
Mercer County Elections | Local information for Mercer County, New Jersey
Mercer County Sample Ballots | Preview the ballot for Princeton and other towns in Mercer County
New Jersey Division of Elections Information Portal | Provides New Jersey information regarding the election
Princeton Perspectives | The October 2020 issue of the online magazine features a non-partisan, hyper-local guide to the 2020 election, with in-depth Board of Education candidate profiles and Q&As with the chairs of Princeton’s Democratic Municipal and Republican Committees.
Vote Smart | Search tools that allow you to research candidates and elected officials, voting records, and issues
Vote411 | A nonpartisan voter education site powered by the League of Women Voters
Programs and Important Dates
|Sept. 22, 2020||National Voter Registration Day||Registration information|
|Sept. 22, 2020 at noon||Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: How to Register to Vote||Watch replay|
|Oct. 5, 2020 at noon||Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: Is Voting By Mail Safe?||Sign up to attend|
|Oct. 7, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.||Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: The 2020 Ballot: What Do We Want – and Need – to Know||Sign up to attend|
|Oct. 13, 2020||Voter Registration Deadline for General Election||Check if you are registered|
|Oct. 19, 2020 at noon||Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: How and Where to Vote||Sign up to attend|
|Oct. 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.||Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: Who and What Will Likely Shape the Outcome of the Election?||Sign up to attend|
|Nov. 3, 2020||Election Day||How to vote|
|Nov. 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.||Princeton Public Library Virtual Program: What Do the Election Results Mean for New Jersey?||Sign up to attend|
This page is compiled and maintained by library staff of the Princeton Public Library, in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area. Information may be updated as it becomes available. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.