Dear Cumberland County Voters,
Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 144 which makes changes to the 2020 Primary Election to be held on July 7, 2020.
More information will be forthcoming, but our office wanted to keep our county voters informed of the changes.
1) All ACTIVE registered Democrats and Republicans will receive a Vote by Mail BALLOT that will include prepaid return postage. As long as your ballot is postmarked before July 7 and is delivered to the Board of Elections by the post office by July 14, your vote will be counted.
2) Unaffiliated or inactive voters will receive a Vote by Mail APPLICATION, and will have the option to declare themselves for one of the major parties and participate in the election by mailing in their application, which will also have prepaid postage. They will then be mailed a ballot for the party of their choice and can follow the same steps above to cast their vote.
IMPORTANT: If you are currently a Vote by Mail unaffiliated Voter who signed up to receives ballots for All Future Elections, you will need to fill out the new application declaring your party of choice to receive a Primary Ballot in the mail.
3) Each county will have at least 5 secured Ballot Dropboxes where Vote by Mail ballots can be left. Ballots can also be returned in person at the Board of Elections office. More information will be coming on the locations of the drop boxes.
4) There will be at least 1 polling location in each municipality open on July 7 for voters who are unable to vote by mail. Anyone who needs to use one of these polling places will vote via provisional paper ballot. Proper CDC recommendations and social distancing orders will be in effect at polling places.
A list of Election Day polling locations will be certified on June 15, 2020 and be made public shortly after that.
The deadline to Register to Vote for the Primary Election will remain June 16, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at 856-453-4860 or the Board of Elections at 856-453-5801 and we will try our best to assist you.
The actual copy of the order can be found here: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-144.pdf
Celeste M. Riley
Cumberland County Clerk