The greatest advocacy initiative an individual can take part in is the election process. Whether you consider yourself a Democrat, Republican, Independent, conservative, moderate or liberal, the most powerful method of showing your support for an elected official or candidate is by voting.
The right to vote is guaranteed to every American citizen by the United States Constitution, and all that a New Jersey resident need do to exercise this right is to fill out a registration form.
The form itself is quite short and simply requires name and address information. It is important to remember that every time your address changes, your voter registration card must be updated to reflect the change.
The New Jersey Hospital Association does not tell individuals how to vote, however the association does urge all New Jersey residents, especially hospital employees, to take the time to learn about candidates and vote for individuals who best represent their opinions and interests.
At a time when hospitals are increasingly targeted for funding reductions by both state and federal officials, it is crucial that all hospital employees go to the polls and let their voices be heard. It is very difficult to convince an elected official of the damaging effects of a piece of legislation if the people effected -- hospital employees -- are not represented in the voting booth.
Who Can Register to Vote?
Any person may register to vote who is:
- 18 years of age by election day
- A resident of the state and the county at least 30 days prior to the election
- Not denied the right to vote because of "idiocy, insanity, serving a sentence or on parole or probation" (NJSA 19:4-1, 19:31-5)
When Must You Register Again?
- If you have not voted in an election within the last four years
- If you have moved more than 30 days prior to an election, in which case you must re-register and mark the change-of-address box located in section one of the voter registration form.
Do You Have to Register With a Party to Vote?
You only have to register as a Democrat or Republican if you would like to vote in either party's primary. If you have never voted in a primary, you become a member of the party when you vote in your first primary. If you voted in a primary before and want to change your party affiliation, you must file a Party Declaration Form, which we can provide at your request.