CAMDEN, NJ — Camden City Council members on Tuesday will consider adding eight ballot drop boxes throughout neighborhoods in the city for easy and safe access by anyone who wants to vote by mail (VBM).
More drop boxes would be a welcomed site as there is currently only one within city grounds — located at the Camden County Surrogate Court steps away from City Hall in downtown.
“The proposed additional eight [drop boxes] would be primarily located in community centers, fire stations, places convenient for residents,” city spokesman Vincent Basara told TAPinto Camden.
The agenda item, marked Resolution #20, specifically refers to prospective boxes at the Liberty Fire Station on Broadway and Mechanic Street, the firehouse at 27th and Federal Streets, and Malandra Hall located on Merrimac Road. Under the proposal, two would be placed in each of Camden's four wards.
According to the draft, the city is looking to enter a license agreement with the county in order to make the installations possible without any cost to municipality taxpayers.
Although the resolution refers to the immediate installation of the drop boxes “for the convenience of the residents for the upcoming election,” City Councilman Angel Fuentes said over the phone that the drop boxes aren’t expected to be installed until 2021.
“Although these boxes won’t be available until next year, we still want to encourage as many people as possible to vote and do so by mail if they need to,” Fuentes said. “We saw a successful primary election, as far as vote by mail and as a council want to continue encouraging it.”
Fuentes stressed that accessing the city’s current dropbox is safe for residents looking to take advantage of vote-by-mail given the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this year, in outlining the access of ballot drop boxes, County Clerk Joseph Ripa said several are also available throughout the county.
“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. “Vote-by-mail is going to be even more critical amidst the current public health crisis. We encourage any resident with questions about voting by mail, how the process works, and how to complete their ballot to contact our office.”
Here are other VBM boxes available to Camden County residents come this November:
606 West Nicholson Road
201 Grant Ave., Waterford Works
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)
1261 Chews Landing Road