Primary Election and Political Party Information

Political Party Bylaws

By-laws for the two major political parties in Morris County can be found on their respective websites. These websites are not affiliated with the County of Morris government.

Must I declare a party affiliation when I register?

English: No, but you may fill out a Political Party Affiliation Declaration form at that time. Mail completed form to:

Board of Elections
Commissioner of Registration
Administration & Records Building
10 Court Street
PO Box 900
Morristown, NJ 07963-0900

This form must be filed no later than 55 days preceding the PRIMARY in which the voter wishes to vote. A newly registered voter or a voter, who has never voted in a Primary Election, can affiliate with a party on the day of the primary.

Español: No, pero usted puede enviar esta forma, Formulario de Declaración de Afiliación a Partidos Políticos, completada a:

Board of Elections
Commissioner of Registration
Administration & Records Building
10 Court Street
PO Box 900
Morristown, NJ 07963-0900

Esta declaración debe ser presentada no mas tarde de 50 días antes de la Eleción Primaria en la cual el votante desea votar.

May I vote in a Primary Election if I have not declared a party prior to Election Day?

Yes, if you are a registered voter who has never declared a party, you will complete a Political Party Affiliation Declaration (Formulario de Declaración de Afiliación a Partidos Políticos) at your polling place on the day of the Primary Election. This declaration must be made before you will be permitted to vote in that Primary. From Election Day on, you will be affiliated with that political party until you notify the Board of Elections of a change at least 55 days prior to the Primary Election.

May I return to Unaffiliated after declaring a party?

Yes, you may return to “unaffiliated” status by completing a Political Party Affiliation Declaration (Formulario de Declaración de Afiliación a Partidos Políticos) form at least 55 days prior to the Primary Election.

In a Primary Election, can I cross party lines and vote for a candidate from the other party?

No, in the Primary, you can only vote the party in which you are affiliated. In order to change your party affiliation, you must file a written request with the Morris County Board of Elections at least 55 days before the Primary Election. Once you change parties, you will be affiliated with the new party for the next Primary Election. The General Election is the only time you can cross party lines.

May I vote in a Primary election, if I am declared US Constitution, Green, Libertarian, Natural Law, Reform, Socialist Party of New Jersey or Conservative Party?

No, you CAN NOT vote in a Primary Election. Only Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated who declare on Election Day may vote in the Primary Election.