CAMDEN, NJ — In order to provide New Jersey voters a place to safely cast their ballots, five Camden County drop-boxes are available Tuesday in what will be an unprecedented election in the midst of COVID-19.
“In 2019, Camden County was ranked first in overall volume of votes cast by VBM ballots, with more residents voting via VBM than anywhere else in the state,” said County Clerk Joseph Ripa.
Gov. Phil Murphy pushed New Jersey’s primary elections from June 2 to July 7 amid the pandemic.
During his coronavirus press briefing Monday, the governor said there is a strong preference for residents to vote by mail, saying that his office will be looking at turnout, breakdowns in the system and instances of voter suppression ahead of the November presidential election.
“We won’t know a whole lot tomorrow...this is going to be something that will take some number of days to really give [it] the post-mortem that it needs,” Murphy said. “But overall we’ll be looking at turn-out..we’re huge believers [that if] more people vote the better.”
Half of each count’s polling places must be open, while each municipality must have a minimum of one location available.
Although Camden County’s results can be viewed online, like elsewhere in New Jersey more finalized results won’t be available for several days because of the nature of this year’s process.
“Vote-by-mail is going to be even more critical amidst the current public health crisis,” added Ripa. “We encourage any resident with questions about voting by mail, how the process works, and how to complete their ballot to contact our office.”
Camden County’s polling places are as follows:
Audubon Municipal Building, 606 West Nicholson Rd., Audubon
Administration Building, 600 Market St., Camden
Camden County College William G. Rohrer Building, 1889 Marlton Pike, East Cherry Hill
Gloucester Township Municipal Building, 1261 Chews Landing Rd., Clementon
Chesilhurst Municipal Building, 201 Grant Ave., Waterford Works