2020 GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION
On August 14th Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 177 ordering several changes to the November General Election process. These changes include:
ALL active Registered Voters will receive a Vote By Mail ballot for the 2020 Election without filing an application for the ballot.
The County will mail the ballots approximately 30 days prior to the Election, so you can expect to receive your ballot in the first week of October.
OPTIONS TO SUBMIT YOUR VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT:
- Each ballot will include a postage-paid return envelope. Therefore, you can simply drop it in any mailbox by Election Day, November 3rd.
To be considered valid, a ballot must be postmarked by November 3, 2020 (Election Day). All valid ballots received by November 10that 8 PM will be counted. This allows for a full week delivery time.
- You can deposit your Vote By Mail ballot in any of the County Drop Boxes by Election Day, including any time prior.
Those locations* are:
- County Complex at Clayton (1200 N Delsea Drive, Clayton NJ 08312)
- Mantua Municipal Building (401 Main St. Mantua NJ 08051)
- Monroe Municipal Building (125 Virginia Ave, Williamstown NJ 08094)
- County Office of Elections (550 Grove Rd, West Deptford NJ 08066)
- Woolwich Municipal Building (120 Village Green Drive, Swedesboro NJ 08085)
- Deptford Municipal Building (1011 Cooper Street, Deptford, NJ 08096)
- Franklin Municipal Building (1571 Delsea Drive, Franklinville, NJ 08322)
- Glassboro Municipal Building (1 S. Main Street, Glassboro, NJ 08028)
- Paulsboro Municipal Building (1211 Delaware Street, Paulsboro, NJ 08066)
- Harrison Township Municipal Building (114 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062)
- Washington Twp Municipal Building (523 Egg Harbor Rd., Turnersville, NJ 08012)
- Gloucester County Division of Social Services (400 Holly Dell Dr, Sewell, NJ 08080)
- Gloucester County Administration Building (2 S Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096)
*Final, as of 9/29/20
- You can physically bring your Vote By Mail ballot to the polling place in Harrison Township on Election Day between 6 AM and 8 PM.If you do so, you will be required to show ID to verify that you are the person connected to that ballot
IF YOU CHOOSE TO VOTE IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY:
Do NOT report to your normal polling place, based on your District, as you normally have in previous elections.
Harrison Township will have TWO Polling Places for the 2020 General Election. They are:
- Harrison Township Elementary School (120 N. Main Street, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062)
- Ewan Fire Hall (312 Ewan Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062)
Take note: District locations are NOT in the same location as every previous election.
Upon arrival at either location, follow the signs until you are greeted by a Board Worker who will direct you to the proper station to obtain your ballot. There will be no voting machines used in this Election (except for handicapped individuals requiring that accommodation).
Four stations will be set up by last name, and voters will report to the appropriate station to receive their ballot and instructions on completing the ballot.
You will then be directed to a secure area where you may complete the ballot confidentially. When finished, you will hand over your sealed ballot to a Board Worker.
Your ballot will be delivered by hand by the Township’s Administrator of Elections, to the Board of Elections after the polls have closed that evening. Delivery of the ballots to the Board of Elections is done with a Police escort in an official Police vehicle.
It is important to note that this ballot is known as a Provisional Ballot. In tabulating Provisional Ballots, the Board of Elections will first confirm whether or not your Vote By Mail ballot was received and counted. If it was, your Provisional Ballot is discarded without opening it. If no Vote By Mail ballot was received under your name, your Provisional Ballot will be opened and tabulated.
This ensures that only one vote can be cast by each voter. This is also the reason that there is an expectation that the final vote totals will not be determined until several weeks after the Election.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST:
You will not receive a Sample Ballot in the mail for this Election. A copy of the Sample Ballot will be viewable on the County website at some point.
If handing in your completed Vote By Mail ballot at the polling place on Election Day, you can only hand in your ballot and you will be asked to present ID to do so. Meaning, you may not drop off a family member or friend’s ballot.
Once Vote By Mail ballots are sent out, you will be able to monitor their status, including their receipt by the County once you mail your ballot back. Check on that status here:
Safety protocols will be strictly followed at the polling place on Election Day. This will include maintaining a distance of six feet between voters and the Board Workers. The Board Workers will wear masks and gloves at all times and will be frequently sanitizing high-touch areas. Hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and masks and gloves will also be available to voters, if desired. Voters will be required to wear a mask as they enter the polling place.
Please also note that New Jersey law prohibits voters from wearing any type of shirt, hat, button, pin etc. which depicts a political affiliation, candidate or political statement in the polling place. You will be asked to turn your shirt inside-out and/or remove any other item(s) which may be deemed as political in nature.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Diane Malloy, Harrison Township’s Administrator of Elections at (856) 478-4112 or email@example.com