COVID 19 & THE LAW: ELECTION ALERT

The New Jersey Primary will take place July 7, 2020.  Special provisions have been made to make voting easier and safer this year.

Under Executive Order No. 144, a voter may apply for a Mail-In Ballot by mail up to 7 days prior to the election. He or she may also apply in person to the County Clerk prior to 8 P.M. the day of the election.  The voter does not have to be absent from the state to vote for mail.

“Mail-in” voters will be able to deliver their ballot to special drop off locations on the primary election day.  For information on the nearest drop off location, you may call this office.

Election Day Court Proceedings:

 

New Jersey law allows a number of emergency election related hearings to take place on Election Day. A voter denied the right to cast a ballot due to a challenge can appeal the poll workers’ determination in Superior Court, where judges are available throughout the state on Election Day specifically to handle such matters. A person denied the right to use a voting machine or cast a provisional ballot can also appeal to a judge. Traditionally, these claims required the parties to go to the nearest courthouse where designated Judges would set aside other proceedings for a brief hearing.

 

Camden County will make its Superior Court judges available in to conduct remote hearings for any election challenges or issues in Camden County on Tuesday, July 7. This year’s primary election was moved from June 2 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday’s election will be vote-by-mail or in-person vote. The county clerk’s office has mailed ballots to registered voters.

 

Voter hearings are very short, with only the voter and, perhaps a challenger testifying.  However, faced with the prospect of traveling to the Courthouse, many potential voters forego filing an appeal.  Therefore, other vicinages would do well to follow Camden’s lead, and perhaps make this option permanent.

 

NEW JERSEY VOTER DEADLINES

July 7, Postponed New Jersey Primary

October 13 Voter Registration Deadline for General Election

October 27 Deadline to apply for a Mail-In Ballot by Mail for General Election

October 30 Deadline for Applications to Receive General Election Mail-In Ballots

And Deadline for Overseas Civilian and Military Voters to Apply for Ballot

November 2 – by 3:00 p.m. Deadline for In Person Mail-In Ballot Applications for General Election

November 3, General  Election