Today is the last day for New Jersey voters to change their party affiliation in time to vote in the July 7 Democratic or Republican primary elections.
That means if you are a Democrat who suddenly wants to vote for Donald Trump, or a Republican who prefers Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders, a decision must be made today – accompanied by the proper documentation.
There is a way to preserve your options, if you’re still mulling a partisan identity: Democrats and Republicans may specifically declare themselves as unaffiliateds and punt a decision to join a party until the day of the primary election.
New Jerseyans who are already on the rolls as unaffiliated are not required to declare their affiliation. They can either remain without a party affiliation, or join a party by casting a primary election ballot.
New Jersey also permits voters to specifically register as members of several independent political parties: Libertarian Party, Green Party, Natural Law Party, Reform Party, Conservative Party, U.S. Constitution Party, and Socialist Party. Members of those parties – there are 78,672 New Jerseyans who have formally joined one of the other seven – may not participate in either major party primary.