Mayor’s Message: 2020 Primary Election

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Governor Phil Murphy, per Executive Orders 105120 and 144, has made significant changes relative to the manner in which the 2020 Primary Election will be conducted.

The revised date of the Primary Election is July 7, 2020.

All active Democrats and Republicans were automatically sent vote by mail ballots. Unaffiliated voters and inactive voters were mailed vote by mail applications on or about June 18, which must be completed and returned if you wish to get a vote by mail ballot. You may apply for a mail-in ballot by mail up to seven days prior to the election. You may also apply in person to the County Clerk prior to 8 p.m. on the day of the election.

Vote by mail ballots are postage prepaid and can be returned to any US Post Office or simply put in in your mailbox. Ballots postmarked on or before July 7 will be counted as long as they are received by July 14. Ballots can be dropped off at the Camden County Board of Elections, 100 University Ct., Blackwood. There are also secure drop off boxes located throughout Camden County and their locations can be found at www.camdencounty.com/vbmdropbox.

If someone else transports your ballot, they must complete the “Bearer” portion of the green return envelope. Vote by mail ballots cannot he dropped off at the polling locations.

If you choose to vote in person, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, this year in the Primary Election there will be a reduced number of polling locations. A card listing your polling place will be sent to you in the mail prior to the election. Due to the coronavirus, Voorhees Township altered our polling locations for this Primary Election and they are as follows:

District 1                                         Ashland Presbyterian Church

Districts 2, 4, 7, 17, 18 & 19               Macy’s Court at the Voorhees Town Center

Districts 3 & 9                                     Kresson Fire Hall

Districts 5 & 12                                   Voorhees Town Hall Courtroom

Districts 6, 11, 14 & 16                       Voorhees Board of Education Building

District 8                                             Meeting Place at Hope Church

Districts 10, 13 & 15                           Lion’s Lake Community Center

If you vote at the polls you will be able to vote only on a paper provisional ballot. You will not be able to vote in the machine unless you certify under the penalty of fraudulent voting that you are unable to vote by a paper ballot. Sample Ballots are available at https://www.camdencounty.com/service/voting-and-elections/sample-ballots/.

All election questions, including clarification of polling places, can be directed to Dee Ober, Municipal Clerk at (856) 429-7757 or email at Dober@voorheesnj.com.

** Our first Drive-In Movie Night of 2020 will be on Thursday, July 2. The movie classic Jurassic Park will be shown on a 40-foot outdoor screen. The movie will be shown at the Voorhees Town Center parking lot located off of Somerdale Road adjacent to the former Macy’s. This event is intended for Voorhees residents only. Parking opens at 7:00 p.m. and the movie will start at dusk. Spaces are limited and the event is free.

** The Voorhees Township Committee is proud to honor the Class of 2020 with a graduation mural located on the wall adjacent to the square in front of Town Hall. This beautiful piece of art was created by the Voorhees Arts Council and funded through private donations to the Voorhees Citizens Event Foundation. We are inviting graduates of all levels of school to visit the mural and take pictures to help memorialize this special time in their lives. Please respect social distancing guidelines as you celebrate with your graduate. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

** Due to COVID-19, kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will not be in person and will take place on-line. Any child who will turn five years of age on or before October 1, 2020 is eligible for kindergarten admission in September 2020. You must complete the pre-registration application at https://genesis.voorhees.k12.us/genesis/openReg. A staff member will contact you for additional information after the pre-registration is complete. For more information, visit https://www.voorhees.k12.nj.us.

** The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive on Thursday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Voorhees Town Center in the court below Town Hall. Donations are by appointment only. To schedule, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767. Be a hero and donate.