New Jersey offers early voting options

David Madden
October 28, 2019 - 4:30 am
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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Election Day is a week from Monday. A lot of states offer some form of early voting, including New Jersey. 

The system varies a little from county to county. But if you go to a county clerk, you can obtain a vote-by-mail ballot. You can fill out on site or mail in, as long as it gets there by Nov. 4. 

“We want to make it as easy as possible for individuals to vote,” Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said. “So at this early voting center, you can just go there simply and vote.”

That center is set up in Gloucester Township at the Elections and Archive Center. In Burlington County, you can go to clerk’s office, across the street from the courthouse in Mount Holly. 

Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz said most people who don’t expect to be around on Election Day opt for the traditional absentee ballot, now referred to in most circles as the vote-by-mail ballot. But pair that with the last-minute early option, and she calls early voting "the wave of the future."

“There are already some states like Colorado,” she said. “You don’t even have to go to a polling place. There are voting stations. I think that’s going to change how people campaign.”

Gloucester County offers two locations: the Board of Elections office in West Deptford and the county store in the Deptford Mall. If that’s not where you live, check with your county clerk to find how they offer the option.