2020 Primary Election

In light of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Governor Phil Murphy, per Executive Orders 105, 120 and 144, has made significant changes to how the 2020 Primary Election will be conducted.

  • The date of the Primary Election is now July 7, 2020.
  • The deadline to register to vote was June 16, 2020.
  • The deadline to change your party was May 13, 2020.

 

The election will be conducted primarily by paper VOTE BY MAIL ballots.

  • All Active Democrats and Republicans were automatically sent VBM Ballots.
  • Unaffiliated voters and Inactive voters were mailed a VBM application, which must be filled out and returned if they wish to get a Vote by Mail ballot. Unaffiliated voters must declare a party on the application BEFORE a ballot is sent.  The deadline to return the applications by Mail wasJune 30, 2020.
  • Unless you have previous signed up to receive a Vote By Mail for all future elections, you will only be sent a ballot for this election.

 

To receive a Vote by Mail ballot prior to Election Day, all applications and requests must be made in person at:

The Camden County Elections and Archive Center
100 University Court
Blackwood NJ 08012

Friday, July 3rd            8:30am to 4:00pm

Monday, July 6th          8:30am to 4:00pm

Tuesday, July 7th        6:00am to 8:00pm 

  • A new application for an eligible voter can be made in-person.  If you are unable to appear in person, a messenger may be use by completing the Authorized Messenger section at the bottom of the Vote by Mail application.
  • If you received a ballot and need a replacement ballot because it is misplaced, torn or incorrectly marked, you may request a replacement ballot in-person.  If you are unable to appear in person, a messenger may be use by completing this form.

 

Returning your ballot

Via Dropbox

  • There are five secure drop boxes located throughout Camden County in which you can drop off your ballot.
  • The Drop Box are locations are:

Audubon – Municipal Building, 606 West Nicholson Road

Chesilhurst – Municipal Building, 201 Grant Ave., Waterford Works

Camden – Administration Building 600 Market Street (Former entrance for Surrogate’s Office on Market Street)

Cherry Hill – Camden County College / William G. Rohrer ,1889 Marlton Pike East (Corner of Springdale Road and Marlton Pike East/Route 70 E)

Gloucester Township – Municipal Building, 1261 Chews Landing Road

  • Drop boxes are open 24 hours a day in well-lit locations and are under video surveillance.
  • The drop boxes are open until the close of polls, 8:00pm on July 7, 2020

 By Mail

  • The ballots are postage paid.
  • They can be returned to any US Post Office or in a USPS mailbox.
  • Because it is close to the election, it is recommended that you ask the Post Office to hand cancel the envelope to assure it has a readable postmark.
  • Ballots postmarked on or before Election Day will be counted if received by July 14, 2020.

 In Person

  • Ballots can be dropped at the Camden County Board of Elections, 100 University Ct., Blackwood, NJ 08012.

Friday, July 3rd            8:30am to 4:30pm

Monday, July 6th          8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, July 7th        6:00am to 8:00pm

  • If someone else transports your ballot, they must complete the Bearer portion of the Green return envelope.
  • Vote by Mail ballots cannot be dropped off at polling places.

 

If a voter chooses to vote in-person at the polls:

  • The polls will be open 6:00am to 8:00pm
  • There will be a reduced number of Polling Places – at least one Polling Place per municipality and a minimum of 50% of its Polling Places.
  • No Sample Ballots will be sent, but a card listing your polling place was sent prior to the election to each registered voter.
  • Voters will only be able to vote a paper Provisional Ballot at the Polls.  You will not be able to vote in a machine.
  • At each of the polling places, there will be an accessible voting machine to comply with the ADA.  To access the machine, the voter will need to certify, under the penalty of fraudulent voting, that they are unable to vote a paper ballot.

 

Sample Ballots

  • Sample Ballots are available HERE

 

Results of the Election

  • All votes (Vote by Mail, Provisional, and ADA machine) will be included in the final vote tally.
  • As with all elections, the Vote by Mail ballots are counted first, beginning on Election Day at the opening of the polls.  While the Vote by Mail ballots are normally posted first on election night at the close of polls, because of the expected larger number of ballots, the results may not be available for publication for a couple days after the election.
  • Provisional ballots need to be verified to confirm that no Vote by Mail ballot was received, preventing the casting of multiple ballots, so they cannot be counted until all Vote by Mail ballots are received.  For this election, this means that the In-Person votes will be tallied last.