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Last Chance To Register To Vote In Presidential Election For NJ Residents

Hope is registered to vote... are you? If not, you have until Oct. 18 in New Jersey.
Hope is registered to vote... are you? If not, you have until Oct. 18 in New Jersey. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Are you a registered voter? If not, you have until Oct. 18 to register to cast a ballot in the November election.
Are you a registered voter? If not, you have until Oct. 18 to register to cast a ballot in the November election. Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Liz Paredes, 23, of North Arlington, registered voter: “Especially in this election, it’s hard to get sorted on who’s standing for what and what the right choice is," she said. "This is a personal election."
Liz Paredes, 23, of North Arlington, registered voter: “Especially in this election, it’s hard to get sorted on who’s standing for what and what the right choice is," she said. "This is a personal election." Photo Credit: Lorraine Ash
Thom Graney, 40, of Bloomingdale, registered voter: “It is important to vote because you have a voice that needs to be heard. I am voting for Hillary because a vote for anybody else other than Hillary to me is a vote for Trump.”
Thom Graney, 40, of Bloomingdale, registered voter: “It is important to vote because you have a voice that needs to be heard. I am voting for Hillary because a vote for anybody else other than Hillary to me is a vote for Trump.” Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson
Patrick Ferguson, 37, of Hawthorne, registered voter: “It is important to register so you can vote and have your voice heard, because if you don’t, all you can do is complain about everything and you won’t be making a difference."
Patrick Ferguson, 37, of Hawthorne, registered voter: “It is important to register so you can vote and have your voice heard, because if you don’t, all you can do is complain about everything and you won’t be making a difference." Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson
Rebecca and Gabriel Lee of Lodi agree that this year is an important year to vote, "because we’re picking the right person for our country," Rebecca said.
Rebecca and Gabriel Lee of Lodi agree that this year is an important year to vote, "because we’re picking the right person for our country," Rebecca said. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
John and Gina Occhiogrosso of Carlstadt. "I want to make sure that, regardless of the direction this nation takes, that I don’t look back and say 'I should have played a part.'" - John.
John and Gina Occhiogrosso of Carlstadt. "I want to make sure that, regardless of the direction this nation takes, that I don’t look back and say 'I should have played a part.'" - John. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Registered voter Patty Sarantitis of Garfield was shopping in Paramus when Daily Voice stopped her. She has always been registered to vote and this year isn't any different.
Registered voter Patty Sarantitis of Garfield was shopping in Paramus when Daily Voice stopped her. She has always been registered to vote and this year isn't any different. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
New voters Dom and Leo Leuci, on the ends, with parents Len and Sharon, of Wood-Ridge. "I don't necessarily care for either candidate, but I still need to support the side that I agree with more," Leo says.
New voters Dom and Leo Leuci, on the ends, with parents Len and Sharon, of Wood-Ridge. "I don't necessarily care for either candidate, but I still need to support the side that I agree with more," Leo says. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis

Aside from Election Day, Bergen and Passaic county residents should be mindful of Tues., Oct. 18 — New Jersey's voting registration deadline.

Poll
Are You Registered To Vote?
Reader Results Voting Closed

Are You Registered To Vote?

  • YES!
    94%
  • No, and I don't plan on it.
    1%
  • No, but I will be soon (thanks, Daily Voice!).
    5%
HOW TO REGISTER:
  • CLICK HERE if you live in Bergen County.
  • CLICK HERE if you live in Passaic County.
  • Mail-in registration: SEE ATTACHMENT BELOW STORY.

More than 15,000 voters have registered since August, Bergen County Elections Supt. Patricia Dicostanzo said: "And that's huge. It shows they're interested."

“Registration had been coming in very slow for the presidential election, and then this week it went crazy," Superintendent of Elections for Passaic County Sherine El-Abd added.

"We are getting them from all over the place."

New Jersey residents are eligible to register if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • You are a Bergen County resident 30 days before the election.
  • You will be 18 years of age on or before the next election.
  • You are not incarcerated, on parole, or on probation due to a conviction for an indictable offense under any federal or state laws.

Daily Voice took the pulse of Bergen and Passaic county residents on this year's high-profile election, here's what some of them had to say (SEE PHOTO CAPTIONS FOR MORE).

Brothers Dom Leuci, 21, and Leonardi Leuci, 18, of Wood-Ridge, will be voting in their first presidential election.

"I am looking forward to voting because this country needs a change,"  the elder Leuci said. "I'm hoping my vote will help to put the person on office who will make that change."

"I feel it is important to vote, because I am living in this country and I want someone who (for the most part) supports my views to be making decisions for the betterment of this country," Leonardo added.

"I don't necessarily care for either candidate, but I still need to support the side that I agree with more."

Local officials had their say, too.

"If you are helping an organization to collect registrations, and say your target is 200 registrations, but you have only gotten 25 so far, don’t wait until you’ve gotten your target at the last minute," El-Abd urged.

"Please bring them to us as soon as you get them."

Patricia Dicostanzo of Bergen County reminds people that it’s not just a presidential election, it's voting for Sheriff, county clerk, and freeholders.

She added: “Please go out and vote.”

Lorraine Ash, Lauren Kidd Ferguson and Cecilia Levine also contributed to this story.

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