Cherry Hill to move polling places out of public schools

Mayor Chuck Cahn has announced that Cherry Hill is among the first municipalities in the state to move Election Day voting locations out of public schools, in anticipation of new regulations from the state of New Jersey.

The change is effective immediately, meaning voters will report to their new polling locations for the June 3 primary.

The move, an effort to ease Election Day logistics for both the township and the Cherry Hill School District, removes polling locations from 18 of Cherry Hill’s Public Schools. Voting will continue to take place at the Malberg Administration Building.

“Cherry Hill is proud to lead by example and set the standard for other towns in New Jersey. We expect that this policy will eventually become a requirement in New Jersey, and viewed this as an opportunity to be proactive, rather than reactive,” Cahn said. “This change eases Election Day logistics for both the township and the schools, promotes public safety, and streamlines the Township’s efforts by consolidating the number of locations to be monitored on Election Day.”

“The Cherry Hill School Public Schools appreciate this change,” Cherry Hill Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Reusche said. “It now gives us the flexibility to schedule an in-service day at a time when it is most beneficial to those who participate, rather than always having it on Election Day in November.”

Affected residents will be notified by mail by both Cherry Hill Township and the Camden County Board of Elections; the first notices are expected to be mailed this weekend.

The township will post an updated list of voting locations on its website, www.CherryHill-NJ.com. Voters’ new polling places will also be identified on their sample ballots.

Mayor Cahn reminds residents that the easiest way to ensure your vote is cast is to vote by mail. Anyone can vote by mail, regardless of their reason.

“The township will make every effort to ensure every voter knows where he or she should cast their ballot come Election Day. However, the easiest and most convenient way to ensure your vote is counted is to vote by mail,” Cahn said. “Vote-by-mail applications and full instructions are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office in Town Hall and on the township website.”

Two vote-by-mail applications will be provided to each household affected by the change, enclosed with the township’s notice.

Anyone with questions or concerns about their polling location should call the Municipal Clerk’s office at (856) 488–7892, or e-mail Township Clerk Nancy Saffos at nsaffos@chtownship.com. The Clerk’s office is located in Room 107 of the Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building.