CAMDEN, NJ — The November presidential election is 46 days away.
Camden voters, like those throughout New Jersey, have a plethora of deadlines to keep in mind and much to consider ahead of Election Day 2020 - as well as a local school board race.
“We have to vote like our lives depended on it,” Mayor Frank Moran told TAPinto Camden. “What we’re going through this year, and at the same time in this country, it’s just been unprecedented. Due to COVID, we are encouraging everyone to vote by mail, and we reassure them that their vote will be counted.”
Moran said that in addition to drop boxes provided by the county (one of which is in the city), his office will also set up boxes at locations throughout Camden - allowing residents to drop off their vote by mail (VBM) ballots and bypass the postal service.
“Once you submit the ballot, the clerk’s office will send you a notice acknowledging that it’s arrived,” the mayor said.
The state recently launched a portal where Garden State residents can register to vote and track their mail-in ballots. Camden County announced 13 locations where voters can drop off their VBM envelopes. And Camden city has posted a list of locations where locals can now go to register to vote.
“VBM drop boxes are conveniently located throughout Camden County to make voting easier and more convenient during this most unusual election year,” said County Clerk Joseph Ripa. “Voters can rest assured that these boxes are safe and secure, and that their vote will be counted as long as their ballot is completed properly and placed in any VBM drop box prior to the closing of polls on November 3. Voters can also return their ballot by mail or by bringing it to the Board of Elections in person.”
People can still vote in person this year at polling locations (which are to-be-announced).
Below is some important election information to know if you live in Camden County. Residents with questions about voting by mail can call (856) 401-VOTE or visit https://www.camdencounty.com/service/voting-and-elections/.
The deadline to register online to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The deadline to register in person to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
The early voting period runs from Saturday, September 19, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
To register to vote you must be:
A U.S. citizen
At least 17 years old (though you may not vote until you are 18)
A resident of Camden County for 30 days
A person not serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States
To check your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct visit the New Jersey's voter registration lookup tool.
Voters registered in New Jersey can look up where to vote on New Jersey's site.
What to bring if you vote in person:
You don’t need to provide ID to vote if you've voted in New Jersey before
You must show ID to vote if you're voting for the first-time in your county, registered to vote by mail, and didn't provide an ID number or copy of ID when you registered. ID’s can include: NJ driver's license, with or without a photo; military or other government ID; student ID; employee ID; store membership card; US passport; or bank statement, car registration, government check or document, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill, or any other official document.
If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.
Vote by mail:
New Jersey will mail a ballot to all active, registered voters for the General Election.
When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
Ballots can be returned by mail with a postmark on or before November 3, 2020 to be counted as a valid ballot by the County Clerk if received by 8:00 p.m. on November 10th. Ballots without a postmark that are received within 48 hours of the closing of polls on November 3, 2020 shall be considered valid.
VBM drop box locations:
(will be available and secured with surveillance cameras 24 hours every day ahead of the close of polls):
606 West Nicholson Road
Berlin Township Municipal Building
135 Rt. 73 South
600 Market Street
(Former entrance for Surrogate’s Office on Market Street)
Camden County College / William G. Rohrer
1889 Marlton Pike East
(Corner of Springdale Road and Marlton Pike East/Route 70 E)
Cherry Hill Municipal Building
820 Mercer Street
201 Grant Ave., Waterford Works
1261 Chews Landing Road
Haddon Township Municipal Building
135 Haddon Ave.
Lindenwold Municipal Building
15 North White Horse Pike
Pennsauken Municipal Building
5605 North Crescent Blvd.
Runnemede Municipal Building
24 North Black Horse Pike
Voorhees Municipal Building
2400 Voorhees Town Center
Winslow Municipal Building
125 South Route 73
Community Centers in Camden City where you can register to vote (must wear a mask and social distance):
Broadway Center, 714-715 Broadway (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 856-757-7210/7095
Cramer Hill Center, 1035 Reeves Ave. (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 856-757-7498/7285
Isabel Miller Center, 8th & Carl Miller Blvd. (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 856-757-7504
Malandra Hall Center, 1200 S. Merrimac Road (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 856-757-7366
Martin Luther King Center, 1151 Haddon Ave. (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 856-757-7239