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Election Day: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Deadline to Register to Vote: Tuesday, October 17, 2016

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Not sure about the issues?

Visit senate candidate websites, ask teachers, co-workers, family and friends. Read what these students say about the following issues:

Voting Forms

TurboVote is both a partnership and a tool that ADP at Ramapo College of New Jersey has incorporated into its mission to engage the youth vote. A web-based application, TurboVote links its users to voter registration services, as well as reminders and other useful information about upcoming local and national elections. Sign-up is free, and your information is protected.

In a world that is increasingly plugged-in, ADP via TurboVote hopes to put the democratic process right at everyone’s fingertips.




NJ Voter Registration Application (PDF)


iCitizen is a community where you connect with your elected officials to be heard on the civic issues you care about.  We encourage you to download the app and engage with legislators.

Why would one complete a mail ballot?

In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by Mail Ballot for any election. You do not need a reason to vote by Mail Ballot. Don’t feel like going to the polls? Simply vote by mail. Now there is “no excuse” not to vote!

A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot (see below), and returning the application to their Country Clerk. To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election.

What is a mail ballot, look below.

Mail Ballot (PDF)

To find your County Clerk, please go to (search for county clerk).

En Espanol – Please visit the Cahill Center C-209 to pick up voter registration applications in Spanish

Know Your Rights as a Voter – NJ Voter Rights Handbook*

For more information about New Jersey elections and issues related to voting, please visit New Jersey Division of Elections*

New York Downloads

New York Voter Registration Form (PDF)
New York Absentee Ballot Application (PDF)

For more detailed information about New York elections and issues related to voting, please visit New York State Board of Elections

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Voting Q&A's
  • When is Election Day?
    Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 3. You may have additional primary elections in your town and/or state. Please check with your local elections officials for more information about those dates.
  • Should I register to vote in my college community or in my hometown?
    By law, you can register to vote in either location – NOT both! Many students feel more connected and know more about the candidates and issues in their hometowns, so they want to register and vote there. Some students want to be registered at their school location to be able to vote on candidates and issues that affect their school. The most important thing is that you DO vote.If you are from Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada or Tennessee, and you did not register to vote in person, you may NOT vote by absentee ballot. Your states have additional identification laws that supersede HAVA identification requirements. Note: If you have a state-funded scholarship or a privately-funded scholarship designated for a local student, be sure to check the terms of your scholarship before registering to vote in your college community. You could lose your eligibility.
  • Can I register to vote at school and in my hometown?
    No. You can only register at one location.
  • I think I already registered to vote at a different address, but I’m not sure. What should I do?
    If you are not sure that you have registered or if you want to re-register at a different address, you should fill out a registration form. Put the address where you want to be registered on the line that asks for your address, and if you think you were registered at another address, put that address on the line that asks you to list a former address.
  • Where do I vote?
    To find your local precinct voting location, check with your local clerk – call the town hall, or your secretary of state. Do not let this confusion keep you from voting. You can find this information in our Guide to Absentee Voting.
  • How do I apply for an absentee ballot?
    You may request an application for an absentee ballot from your local county or city election official or clerk. Some states allow you to download your application from the web. For further information, check out our absentee voter guide.
  • When should I apply for an absentee ballot?
    Deadlines for each state vary, as do the process for requesting an absentee ballot. You should see our absentee voter guide or get in touch with your local election official.
  • Do I need photo identification to vote?
    Yes. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) (*see disclaimer below) was enacted to prevent voter fraud, and to ensure that voters who are eligible to vote will have their votes counted. If you are a first-time voter, you will be asked to show photo identification with your address on the identification. Student IDs will not count; driver’s licenses will work. If you are registered in a different place than your driver’s license, bring a utility bill or bank statement with your name and your residence to the voting booth. If you are voting absentee, enclose a copy of your driver’s license or some other government document with your photo and address with your ballot.
  • What happens if I am turned away at the polls?
    With the enactment of HAVA, you are allowed to ask for a provisional ballot, and you are allowed to vote. After Election Day, you will be informed if your vote was counted or the reason that you were disqualified from voting. If you have registered, and you feel that there has been some sort of mix-up, please do not leave without voting. Voting is your right.


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Contact Your Legislator

If you are interested in contacting your representative, please follow the links below.

To find your United States Senators, please go here:

To find your United States Congressperson, please go here:

To find your New Jersey State Representatives, please go here:


Colby, A., Ehrlich, T., Beaumont, E., and Stephens, J. Educating Citizens: Preparing America’s Undergraduates for Lives of Moral and Civic Responsibility. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Colby, A., Ehrlich, T., Beaumont, E., and Corngold, J. Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007.

Articles, Presentations and essays


The Meaning of Citizenship – Harry Boyte (PDF)
Cafe Demos in The Ramapo News (PDF)


Civic Engagement Presentation (PPT)


“So, What AM I Doing Here?” Contest Winner Essays
Kelly Grapentine (PDF)
Nicole Amato (PDF)
Scott Devlin (PDF)
Steven Pardalis (PDF)
Kurt Nemeczek (PDF)

ADP Contacts


Dr. Beth E. Barnett
Provost / Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phone: (201) 684-7529

Aaron Lorenz
Dean of School of Social Sciences and Human Services
Phone: (201) 684-7624







ADP Campus Committee (In Alphabetical Order)

Emily Abbey
Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology

Kristin Kenneavy (ADP Chair)
Associate Professor of Sociology

Seon Mi Kim
Assistant Professor of Social Work

Shirley Knight
Librarian/Reference/Government Publications

Donovan McFeron
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Kevin Ng
CCEC Student Coordinator

David Oh
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts

Ed Petkus
Professor of Marketing

Bernard Roy
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Frances Shapiro-Skrobe
Professor of English

Tammi Redd
Assistant Professor of Management

Stacie Taranto
Assistant Professor of History

Yan Xu
Assistant Professor of Biology