Mayor’s Message: Register to vote before upcoming deadline

This year, voters will be casting ballots to elect two members of the State Assembly, two Freeholder members, the County Clerk and one Voorhees Township Committee member. 

“This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.  Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  This year, voters will be casting ballots to elect two members of the State Assembly, two Freeholder members, the County Clerk and one Voorhees Township Committee member.

The deadline to register to vote in this year’s election is Tuesday, Oct. 15.  Registration applications can be obtained online at www.camdencounty.com from the Voorhees Municipal Clerk at Town Hall or at the Camden County Store in the Voorhees Town Center.

In recent years, casting your ballot has been made even easier through such initiatives as the Vote By Mail Program and the Early Voting Program.

All Voorhees voters were mailed a Vote By Mail (VBM) application in January.  If you did not complete the application but still want to vote by mail, VBM applications can be obtained at www.camdencounty.com/vbmthe County Store or from the Voorhees Municipal Clerk.  The VBM program now also affords you the option to apply to vote by mail forever.

The deadline to complete a VBM application is Tuesday, Oct. 29 and applications must be received by the County Clerk’s Office by 4 p.m. for a ballot to be mailed to a voter.  The County Clerk’s Office is located at 520 Market Street, Room 102 in Camden.  You can also apply in person for the VBM program by hand delivering your application to the County Clerk’s office by 3 p.m. on Nov. 4 and a ballot will be given to you.

Camden County also offers a Vote Early Program.  The Early Voting Center is located at the Camden County Elections and Archive Center, 100 University Court in Blackwood.  From now through Election Day, interested voters can cast their ballots at this location Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  As Election Day approaches, the Center will offer extended hours.  This information will be available at www.camdencounty.com.

Every vote counts!

**On Thursday, Oct. 17 The Camden County Partnership for Children will be conducting the annual Countywide Community Resource Fair at the Voorhees Town Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.The goal of the event is to bring awareness to mental health and social service agencies in our community. This year, over 160 agencies are registered. The event is free and open to the public. For more information,send an email to adipietro@camdencmo.org.

** On Monday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Voorhees Township will honor those who have worn the uniform of the United States Military with the addition of 38 new members to our Veterans Wall of Honor. This year, a POW/MIA Chair of Honor will be added in the Veterans Hall honoring service members who were prisoners of war and those missing but not forgotten. The program will be held in the Town Hall Court Room. The Wall of Honor is located in Town Hall. We will always be thankful to those who protected our freedom.

** Voorhees Township’s Annual Halloween Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Voorhees Town Center. Take an old-fashioned hayride or pick a pumpkin from the Voorhees Business Association’s Pumpkin Patch. Candy and refreshments will be plentiful. Activities will include a Halloween Costume Parade, pumpkin painting and decorating, balloon artists, a Halloween themed magic show and face painting. The Voorhees Township Police Department will be providing Halloween safety tips. For more information, visit www.voorheesnj.com or call (856) 882-SHOW.

** The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation will hold its 17th Annual Birthday Bash on Friday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 p.m. until midnight at Lucien’s Manor in Berlin. The Foundation furnishes Teen Lounges in hospitals to enhance the quality of life for teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Tickets are $160. For more information, call (856) 784-0615 or visit info@arvf.org.