Saturday, May 23, 2020
Atlantic County Election Officials have released the following important updates for the 2020 Primary Election as further detailed in Executive Orders #105 and #144 by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy:
Additionally, the following important deadlines apply for the July 7 Primary:
Atlantic County’s election offices are preparing for the July 7th Primary and working diligently to ensure voters and election workers are best protected against the spreading or contracting of Covid-19.
“During such an unprecedented time, it’s important to get the word out and dispel any misinformation or confusion,” remarks Superintendent of Elections Maureen Bugdon. “While the method by which you vote may change, please don’t let that stop you from voting.”
Registering to vote is the first step in the process and for those interested in voting in the July 7th Primary, Bugdon reminds, “You still have time and we urge your participation.”
Election officials advise voters to watch for Vote-by-Mail ballots and applications in their mailboxes in the upcoming weeks.
“All materials will feature return postage paid, as well as self-sealing envelopes in light of Covid-19. We want it to be a simple, unintimidating process,” says County Clerk Edward McGettigan.
Once voted and either mailed, deposited or delivered, all VBM ballots are then reviewed for counting by the Atlantic County Board of Elections (Chair Lynn Caterson, Secretary John Mooney, Commissioners Mary Jo Couts and Audrey Miles). The Board advises voters to follow the instructions provided with their ballot, placing their signature where indicated. For those voters with disabilities who cannot vote a paper ballot, each polling site throughout the county will be equipped with an ADA-compliant, accessible voting machine per federal law. Provisional ballots will be available for all other polling site voters.
Atlantic County Election Officials encourage voters to contact the offices shown below with any questions.
Atlantic County Superintendent of Elections at (609) 645-5882
Atlantic County Board of Elections at (609) 645-5867
Atlantic County Clerk at (609) 909-5842