EDITORIAL — Oct. 13 is the deadline to register to vote. Please do so if you haven’t yet

In the state of New Jersey, the law prescribes that in order to register to vote in a given election, one must complete such a registration 21 days prior to the election.

As such, to vote in the Presidential Election of 2020, if you’re not yet registered, you must do so by Oct. 13, 2020.

To register, you must:

• Be 17 at the time of registration — and turn 18 by Election Day.

• Be a citizen of the United States.

• Be a resident of the county in which you live for at least 30 days.

Lastly, the State says you may not register to vote if: “You are serving a sentence of incarceration as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States.”

We bring you this information because it is imperative that all residents who will be 18 or older on Election Day be registered to vote. Do so online or in person at your county clerk’s office.

And while it has been a 133-year + tradition of this newspaper not to endorse any candidates, we do, every four years, endorse the notion that everyone should be registered and everyone, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, should take the time to vote if you haven’t done so already by paper ballot.

It doesn’t take much to realize how much is at stake in this election. Whether it’s the Coronavirus Pandemic, the economy, unemployment, the environment, the way our nation is seen globally or a myriad of other reasons, there is no reason to sit this one out. So if you’re not registered, get it done by Oct. 13. If you are registered, vote. Nothing else will suffice. Nothing.

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