Vote 2023

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. 7, 2023, for State Assembly, State Senate, and local offices.

Voter Registration | Vote By Mail | Learn About the Candidates | Fact Checking | Additional Resources | Important Dates

Register to Vote

Voter Registration

In order to be eligible to vote in this year’s November 7th election, you must be registered to vote by Oct. 17, 2023. Early Voting in New Jersey is permitted from October 28th through November 5th–there are no requirements to do so! Check here to locate in-person, early voting locations.

Register online now or check to see if you are already registered.

Prefer to register by mail? The vote-by-mail registration deadline for Download registration applications and view this guide to help you complete your voter registration application:

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)

Vote By Mail

You must apply to vote by mail. You can find the application here.

Video: How to vote by mail

Track your mail-in ballot

Find a drop box: In addition to mailing ballots, voters 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 and all NJ countiesAll drop box locations are open 24 hours a day and until 8pm on election day unless noted.

Postmark deadline: According to the NJ State Division of elections, “Every vote-by-mail ballot that is postmarked on or before Election Day, and that is received on or before the sixth day after the close of the polls shall be considered valid and shall be canvassed, assuming the ballot meets all other statutory requirements”.

In-person polling locations: There is at least one in polling location in each municipality. If you are unsure of your polling location, you can utilize this tool to locate it. 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

NJ State Senate District 16, Hunterdon, Mercer Middlesex, and Somerset Counties
Andrew Zwicker, Democrat Party, Incumbent | Campaign Website
Mike Pappas, Republican Party | Campaign Website
Richard Byrne, Libertarian Party | Campaign Website
2 year term, vote for one
NJ General Assembly District 16, State House, Hunterdon, Mercer Middlesex, and Somerset Counties
Roy Frieman, Democrat Party, Incumbent | Official Website
Mitchelle Drulis, Democrat Party |LinkedIn
Ross Traphagen, Republican Party | Campaign Website
Grace Zhang, Republican Party | Campaign Website
2 year term, vote for two (2 seats available)

Princeton Public Schools (PPS) Bond Referendum on the Ballot

On November 7th, Princeton home owners will have the opportunity to vote YES or NO for the PPS referendum. Voting in favor of the referendum would approve an annual tax increase (approx $104) to both pay for structural (i.e. HVAC systems) and technological improvements for all 6 PPS schools and counterbalance $5 million in debt service aid from the state (Princeton Perspectives). To read more about the referendum and access a break down of costs by proposed improvement and specific schools, visit this website about the bond referendum created by PPS.

2023 Princeton Board of Education Candidates

Fact Checking

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 | 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.

Additional Resources

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 Legislative Districts Map| An interactive map for determining which voting district you live in

New Jersey Division of Elections Information Portal | Provides New Jersey information regarding the election

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

Important Dates & Deadlines

October 17th Voter Registration Deadline
November 7th, 8pm Drop box ballot deadline
November 7th Mail-In Ballots: MUST be postmarked on or before Election Day
November 7th: 6am-8pm Polling times for in-person voting

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.

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