2022 Primary Election

 

Overview

The 2022 Primary Election will be conducted as a traditional in-person election with Vote by Mail ballots being available to all registered voters who apply.  Additionally, voters will have the opportunity to vote early in-person on voting machines prior to Election Day at seven locations throughout Camden County.

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In-Person Voting on Election Day | Early Voting | Vote by Mail | Sample Ballots | Results of the Election | Registering to Vote | Frequently Asked Questions



In-Person Voting on Election Day, June 7, 2022

  • The polls will be open 6 AM to 8 PM
  • All Polling Places are ADA accessible
  • Voters will be able to vote in their local polling place on a voting machine.
  • Each voter is sent a Sample Ballot that lists their polling place. For a complete list of all polling places CLICK HERE
  • When the voters enter the polling place, they will be checked-in on an electronic poll book. To speed the check-in process, voters can bring their sample ballot with its scannable barcode to find their voter record faster.
  • Any voter that was sent a Vote by Mail ballot cannot vote in a machine on Election Day. These voters, however, can cast a provisional ballot.  The provisional ballot will be counted once all timely Vote by Mail Ballots arrive and it is verified that the voter did not cast two ballots.
 


Early Voting

  • Early Voting is the newest option voters have in order to cast their ballot for the Primary Election.
  • All Camden County registered voters can appear at any of the locations. Voters are not assigned a specific location.  Ballots for all Camden County municipalities are available at each location.
  • There are seven (7) early voting sites located throughout Camden County. The locations can be found HERE
  • The Early Voting locations are open from June 3, 2022 to June 5, 2022. The hours are Friday and Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sundays 10am to 6pm.
  • When the voters enter the Early Voting Site, they will be checked-in on an electronic poll book. To speed the check-in process, voters can bring their sample ballot with its scannable barcode to find their voter record faster.
  • Early Voting will be conducted on voting machines; however, the machines are different from the Election Day machines. These new machines have two parts: a ballot marking device and a scanning tabulator.  The ballot marking device has an electronic touchscreen that allows the voters to choose their candidates/question responses and have them printed on a paper ballot.  The voter will then immediately insert the voted paper ballot in the separate scanning tabulator to cast the ballot.
  • Any voter that was sent a Vote by Mail ballot cannot vote in a machine during Early Voting. These voters, however, can cast a provisional ballot.  The provisional ballot will be counted once all timely Vote by Mail Ballots arrive and it is verified that the voter did not cast two ballots.

 



Vote by Mail

  • All registered voters are eligible to receive a VBM Ballot.
  • Voters must apply to receive a VBM Ballot.
  • Commencement of the mailing of Vote by Mail Ballots begins April 23rd.
  • To apply for a Vote by Mail Ballot, please CLICK HERE

 

Returning Your VBM Ballot By Secure Dropbox

  • There are 29 secure drop boxes located throughout Camden County in which you can drop off your ballot.
  • 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 PM on June 7th, 2022.
  • Drop boxes are very secure, monitored by security cameras and collected every day by County election official teams of one Democrat and one Republican.
  • For Secure Drop Box locations and directions, CLICK HERE

 

By Mail

  • The ballots are postage paid.
  • They can be returned to any US Post Office or in a USPS mailbox.
  • If 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 June 13th, 2022.

 

In-Person to Board of Elections

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

Hours: Monday to Friday  8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Election Day  6 AM to 8 PM

  • Since you will be bearing your ballot, identification is required.
  • If someone else transports your ballot, they must complete the Bearer portion of the Green return envelope.

 

Requesting a Replacement Ballot

  • If you do not receive your ballot, or it is damaged, not correctly voted or misplaced, you can request a replacement ballot by CLICKING HERE
  • If you are requesting a replacement to be sent to you by mail, the deadline for your request is May 31, 2022.
  • Requests for replacement ballots can be made in-person through the close of polls on Election Day.

 

Tracking Your Ballot

To confirm that your ballot was received:

  • Login to the State of New Jersey’s Public Access System
    • Your Voter ID Number may be needed to log in if your Driver’s License number does not work
    • Your Voter ID Number is a letter followed by 10 numeric digits and can be found:
      • On the Vote by Mail Certificate above your address
      • On your Sample Ballot
      • By calling the Board of Elections at (856) 401-8683
      • By calling the County Clerk at (856) 225-7219
    • Click on MAIL-IN BALLOT HISTORY
    • Review BALLOT STATUS to confirm if it was received

 

Vote by Mail is Safe and Secure

Camden County takes every precaution to ensure your vote is confidential, safe and secure during this process. See these steps Camden County is taking and how to ensure your vote is completed correctly.

  • VBM ballots have unique bar codes and cannot be duplicated and ensures they will only be counted once.
  • Your signature on your VBM is verified against your signature on file, so no one can use your ballot and successfully vote using your ballot. Anyone attempting to fraudulently submit a VBM ballot will be referred to the Prosecutor’s Office. Voting more than once is a crime of the third degree and can carry a penalty of incarceration up to 5 years and a fine up to $15,000
  • You must follow the instructions provided, and you must use the outside security envelope.
  • When you vote by mail, no one can see how your vote was cast. Your signature is verified against your registration signature and then the signature flap is removed and separated before your ballot is opened and subsequently counted. The people counting the ballots will never see your name or signature in connection with the ballot.
  • If your ballot is held aside due to a discrepancy in the signature verification process, you will be given an opportunity to “cure” or fix your ballot.
  • Drop boxes are very secure, monitored by security cameras and collected every day by County election official teams of one Democrat and one Republican.
  • Sign up for New Jersey’s TrackMyBallot (http://www.trackmyballot.nj.gov) to follow the progress, and be sure it was received.

For information on how to fill out your ballot, CLICK HERE.

 



Sample Ballots

Sample Ballots are available HERE

 



Results of the Election

  • All votes (Election Day Machines, Early Voting Machines, Vote by Mail, and Provisional) will be included in the final vote tally.
  • The Vote by Mail ballots and Early Voting ballots are counted first and will be included in the Election Night Results soon after the close of polls.
  • The Election Day machine tallies will be added to the results on Election Night as they arrive from each location and will likely take several hours to complete.
  • Vote by Mail Ballots postmarked on or before Election Day will be counted if received by June 13, 2022. These tallies will be added to the totals regularly
  • 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.


Registering to Vote

Deadline to register is May 17, 2022, but you can still check your registration status.  CLICK HERE

 



Frequently Asked Questions

 

 Will my vote count if I Vote by Mail?
If received timely, all ballots will be counted and included in the final results. As in every election, the Vote by Mail ballots will be counted first during Election Day, and because the Provisional ballots require verification to prevent casting multiple ballots, they must be counted last.
 
What is the difference between Vote by Mail Ballots, Mail-In Ballots, and Absentee Ballots?
There is no difference. While some people claim that there is a slight difference in how ballots are requested, in New Jersey, there is not a difference in how the ballots are processed and counted.
 
If I put a stamp on the ballot return envelope, will it be sent first class instead of bulk mail and get there faster?
Putting a stamp on the prepaid envelope will not change anything.  First, the prepaid envelopes are first class.  Second, regardless of the stamp, the barcodes on the ballot envelope will still send it to the PO Box through the same postal stream paths.
 
Should I “test the system” by voting by mail and then go to the polls?
Anyone that attempts to vote more than once will be referred to the Prosecutor’s Office. Voting more than once is a crime of the third degree and can carry a penalty of incarceration up to 5 years and a fine up to $15,000.
 
I don’t know any of the candidates, will my ballot count if I don’t vote for every office?
You can vote for less candidates and/or questions than available and your ballot will still be valid.
 
Do I have to wait until close to the election to return your ballot?
You can vote and return your ballot immediately.