Early Voting and Filing Locations Give South Jersey Voters Options
For the first time, New Jersey voters can vote in a general election – in person and by machine – at special polling stations that open on Saturday, October 23.
Election day 2021 is set for Tuesday, November 2. But earlier this year, state lawmakers approved a law canceling Saturday October 23 through Sunday October 31 for “early voting.”
The early voting law also required counties to purchase digital ballot book systems, needed to process the first results quickly enough to be ready for the vote count on election day.
Voters can use any site in their home county, regardless of where they live in their county, and without making an appointment. The sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Advance voting at specially selected and equipped sites is an option for using postal ballots, thousands of which have already been returned by voters to county election councils. Anyone requesting a postal ballot can still request one by mail until October 26 or pick one up in person at the county clerk’s office.
Like last year, counties have deployed numerous “drop boxes” to collect mail-in ballots as an option for voters using the US Postal Service to return ballots. Voters who have requested postal ballots cannot vote using a machine unless they have requested to be removed from the mailing list.
The Election Council registers 354,129 registered voters in the county. There are 139,704 registered Democrats, 119,485 unaffiliated voters, and 90,807 Republicans.
The county clerk’s office sent out about 48,000 ballots in response to voter requests, a figure that includes new and standing requests. As of October 18, the electoral council had collected 19,053 ballot papers.
Burlington County operates seven early voting sites, as follows.
- Chesterfield: Township of Chesterfield municipal building, conference room, 295 Bordentown-Chesterfield Road.
- Evesham: Gibson House, Basement, 535 E. Main Street.
- Medford: Medford Town Hall, Multipurpose Hall, 49 Union Street.
- Mt. Laurel: Rowan College in Burlington County, Student Success Center, Executive Conference Room 138, 1500 College Circle.
- Browns Mills: Pemberton Community Library, Community Hall, 16 Broadway Street.
- Tabernacle: EMS Building, 81 Hawkins Road.
- Willingboro: public library, meeting room, downtown Willingboro, 220 Campbell Drive.
A total of 28 drop boxes are located at the following locations in Burlington County.
- Township of Bordentown: Municipal building, 1 municipal promenade.
- City of Burlington: City Hall, 525 High Street.
- Township of Burlington: Municipal Building, 851 Old York Road.
- Township of Chesterfield: Municipal building, 295 Bordentown-Chesterfield road.
- Township of Cinnaminson: Municipal Building, 1621 Riverton Road.
- Delran: Municipal building, 900 Chester Avenue.
- Eastampton: Municipal Building, 12 Manor House Court.
- Edgewater Park: Municipal building, 400 Delanco Road.
- Township of Evesham: Municipal Building, 984 Tuckerton Road, Marlton.
- Canton of Florence: Municipal building, 711 Broad Street.
- Hainesport: Municipal Building, 1 Hainesport Center, 1401 Autoroute de la Marne.
- Township of Lumberton: Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Drive.
- Township of Mansfield: Municipal Building, 3135 Route 206, South Columbus.
- Shade of Maple: Municipal Building, 200 Stiles Avenue.
- Township of Medford: Municipal building, 49 Union Street.
- Moorestown: Town Hall, 111 West 2nd Street.
- Mount Holly: Burlington County Election Office, 50 Rancocas Road.
- Mount Laurel: Municipal Building, 100 Mount Laurel Road.
- New Hanover: Municipal building, 2 Hockamick Road, Cookstown.
- Hanover North: Municipal building, 41 Schoolhouse Road, Jacobstown.
- Palmyra: Municipal Building, 20 West Broad Street.
- Township of Pemberton: Pemberton Community Library, 16 Broadway Street, Browns Mills.
- Riverside: Administration Building, 237 S. Pavilion Avenue.
- Shamong: Municipal Building, 105 Willow Grove Road.
- Southampton: Municipal Building, 5 Retreat Road.
- Tabernacle: Municipal building, 163 Carranza road.
- Westampton: Municipal building, 710 Rancocas road.
- Willingboro: Municipal Complex, 1 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
The Election Council records 398,654 votes cast. There are 189,504 registered Democrats, 139,365 unaffiliated voters and 64,428 Republicans.
The county clerk’s office issued at least 97,371 mail-in ballots. The electoral council has so far collected at least 34,130 postal ballots.
Camden County operates seven early voting sites, as follows.
- Township of Gloucester, 100 University Court, Blackwood, warehouse, side entrance.
- Camden City, Rowan University, 129 N. Broadway, Camden.
- Collingswood, Collingswood Seniors Center, 30 West Collings Ave.
- Merchantville, Merchantville Community Center, 212 Somerset St., lower floor.
- Runnemede, Harry Williams Community Center, 2 Broadways, senior bedroom.
- Winslow, Bud Double Community Center, 33 Cooper Folly Road, Atco.
- Voorhees, Lion’s Lake Community Center, 101 Dutchtown Road, Voorhees.
A total of 29 drop boxes are deployed in Camden County as follows.
- Audubon: Municipal Building, 606 West Nicholson Road.
- Barrington: Municipal Building, 229 Trenton Avenue.
- Bellmawr: Municipal Building, 21 East Browning Road.
- District of Berlin: Municipal building, 59 South White Horse Pike.
- Canton of West Berlin: Municipal building, 135 Route 73 South.
- Camden: Pantry 1 Food Mart, 1310 Collings Road.
- Camden: Virtua Emergency Department, 1000 Atlantic Avenue.
- Camden: Administration Building, 600 Market Street.
- Camden: Kroc Center, 1865 Harrison Avenue.
- Cherry Hill: Camden County College, CH campus, 1889 Marlton Pike East.
- Cherry Hill: Municipal building, 820 Mercer Street.
- Clementon: Clementon Fire-Rescue, 165 Gibbsboro Road.
- Collingswood: Municipal Building, 678 Haddon Avenue.
- City of Gloucester: Municipal Building, 512 Monmouth Street.
- Clementon: Township of Gloucester Municipal Building, 1261 Chews Landing Road.
- Blackwood: Camden County College, Blackwood, 200 College Drive.
- Blackwood: Elections and Archives Center, 100 University Court.
- Township of Haddon: Municipal building, 135 Haddon Avenue.
- Haddonfield: Municipal Building, 242 Kings Highway East.
- Haddon Heights: Service Operations Facility, 514 West Atlantic Avenue.
- Lindenwold: Municipal Building, 15 N. White Horse Pike.
- Pennsauken: Municipal Building, 5605 N. Crescent Boulevard.
- Pine Hill: Municipal Building, 45 West 7th Avenue.
- Runnemede: Municipal Building, 24 N. Black Horse Pike.
- Somerdale: Municipal building, 105 Kennedy Boulevard.
- Stratford: Rowan Medical Building, 42 East Laurel Road.
- Voorhees: Voorhees Municipal Building, 2400 Voorhees Towne Center.
- Waterford: Municipal Building, 2131 Auburn Avenue.
- Township of Winslow: Municipal building, 125 S. Route 73.
The Elections Council registers 38,133 unaffiliated voters, 34,270 Democrats and 22,755 Republicans.
The county clerk’s office sent out at least 10,355 ballots. As of October 19, the electoral council had collected 5,059 ballots.
Cumberland County operates three early voting sites, as follows.
- Bridgeton: Bridgeton Public Library, 150 E. Commerce Street.
- Millville: Inspira EMS Millville Station, 600 Cedar Street.
- Vineland: Landis Market, 624 E. Elmer Street.
A total of 14 drop boxes are deployed in the county, as follows.
- Bridgeton: Cumberland County Courthouse, 181 E. Commerce Street.
- Bridgeton: Cumberland County Library, 800 E. Commerce Street.
- Township of Fairfield: Municipal building, 70, chemin Fairton-Gouldtown.
- Commercial Township: Municipal Building, 1768 Main Street, Port Norris.
- Township of Maurice River: Municipal Building, 590 Main Street, Leesburg.
- Millville: Municipal Building, 12 S. High Street.
- Vineland: Cumberland County TEC, 3400 College Drive.
- Vineland: Town Hall, 640 E. Wood Street.
- Vineland: Cumberland County Social Services Division, 275 N. Delsea Drive.
- Canton Deerfield: Municipal building, 736 Landis Avenue.
- Township of Upper Deerfield: Municipal building, 1325 Route 77, Seabrook.
- Township of Hopewell: Municipal Building, 590 Shiloh Pike.
- Bridgeton: Cumberland County Elections Board, 555 Shiloh Pike.
The Elections Council registers 230,714 registered voters. There are 88,948 Democrats, 80,961 unaffiliated voters, and 57,869 Republicans.
The county clerk’s office mailed out at least 31,760 postal ballots. It has so far recovered at least 13,030.
The County of Gloucester operates five early voting sites, as follows.
- Thorofare: Riverwinds Community Center, 1000 Riverwinds Drive.
- Sewell: RCSJ Behavioral Science Center, 1400 Tanyard Road.
- Swedesboro: GC Swedesboro facility, 141 Glen Echo Avenue.
- Williamstown: Monroe Public Library, 713 Marsha Avenue.
- Glassboro: Chamberlain Student Center at Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Road.
- A total of 12 drop boxes are deployed across the county as follows.
- Clayton: Complex, 1200 N. Delsea Drive.
- Township of Deptford: Municipal building, 1011 Cooper Street.
- Township of Franklin: Municipal Building, 1571 Delsea Drive, Franklinville.
- Glassboro: Municipal Building, 1 S. Main Street.
- Woodbury: Gloucester County Administrative Building, 2 S. Broad Street.
- Township of Harrison: Municipal Building, 114 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill.
- Mantua: Municipal building, 401 Main Street.
- Township of Monroe: Municipal Building, 125 Virginia Avenue, Williamstown.
- Township of West Deptford: Election Office, 550 Grove Road.
- Paulsboro Municipal Building, 1211 Delaware Street.
- Township of Washington: Municipal Building, 523 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell.
- Township of Woolwich: Municipal Building, 120 Village Green Drive.
Joe Smith is a native of NE Philly who transplanted to South Jersey over 30 years ago, now keeping an eye on the South Jersey government. He is a former editor and current editor of the Vineland Daily Journal, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post and the Burlington County Times.
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