Camden County Gives Residents Opportunities to Vote Early

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BLACKWOOD, N.J. -

Everything a Camden County resident needs to vote early for the 2018 election has been under one roof since Saturday, September 22nd, and will be there all the way up until the day before Election Day.

“So many times you’d hear, it’s raining on Election Day, it’s snowing on Election Day. People always have a lot of excuses [like] I gotta work late," said Jonathan L. Young Sr., freeholder, Camden County. "So, this really gives them the opportunity to vote whenever they need to.”

When visitors step inside the Camden County Election and Archives Center, you’ll find out how to register to vote (if you aren’t already), an application for a vote-by-mail ballot, as well as access to an official mail-in ballot.

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Camden County residents can take the ballot home with them or submit everything before they even walk out the door.

“We’re vastly advancing everything that we do," said Young. "People like to do things in their own comfort of their homes. To be able to come down, have a cup of coffee, really think it over, and not having the pressure of sitting at a booth and trying to figure out, 'Oh, what am I going to do?' You have enough time to sit down, read the public questions, look over your ballots, think about it, and cast an honest vote.”

“So far, we’ve been pretty successful," said Joseph Ripa, clerk, Camden County. "Camden County has got the largest vote-by-mail than anybody in the state.”

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If residents choose to vote-by-mail for all elections or just once, or would rather vote on Election Day on one of the electronic voting machines, Camden County officials said it doesn’t matter how, just get out and vote.

“It’s been a lot of things to happen over the years for people to have the right to vote, and that’s what it is, it’s a right to vote," said Young. "So, in able to have that right to vote — and now we’ve expanded that right to vote — if you don’t do it now, I don’t want to hear you complain after the election is over.”

“I think voting is, to me, a sacred right and we should exercise that right," said Ripa. "People lost their lives for you to vote.”

Camden County sent out just shy of 54,000 vote-by-mail ballots at the end of September and officials said that as of Friday morning, they’ve already received roughly 30 percent back.

They’re projecting to have roughly 65 to 70 percent mailed back or dropped off to the Election and Archives Center before 3 p.m. on Monday, November 5th.

For more information on voting hours or other questions, visit camdencounty.com.

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