Mayor’s Column: Early Voting

Mayor Michael Mignogna reviews voting information for the upcoming election on Nov. 2, 2021.

The right to vote is an important individual liberty and the foundation of free government.

This year’s General Election will be on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Voters will be casting ballots to elect the New Jersey Governor, one member of the State Senate, two members of the General Assembly, three County Commissioners (formerly Freeholders), the Sheriff, and two Voorhees Township Committee members. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Voorhees Township.

Voters in New Jersey have three options this year by which to vote. They can cast their ballot in person at the polls on Election Day, Vote by Mail (VBM) or take advantage of the Early Voting Program.

If you choose the Vote by Mail Program, applications can be obtained by visiting the Voorhees Township Clerk’s Office, the County Store at the Voorhees Town Center, or online at camdencounty.com/vbm. Applications for Vote by Mail ballots for the General Election must be received by the Camden County Clerk no later than Oct. 26. Completed ballots must be received by the Board of Elections before the close of the polls on General Election Day or have a postmarked date no later than Nov. 2. Completed ballots for Voorhees residents can also be dropped off at the ballot drop box located outside of the front entrance to Town Hall.

New this year is the ability to vote early in the General Election. In Voorhees, early voting will be available at our Lions Lake Community Center on Dutchtown Road. Early voting begins on Saturday, Oct. 23 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Voorhees voters also have the option of voting at any of the other Early Voting Centers in Camden County. A full list of Early Voting Centers can be found at camdencounty.com/service/voting-and-elections/early-voting-center/.

If you are registered to Vote by Mail, you will not be able to vote at the Early Voting Centers unless you opted out of VBM before the Aug. 31 deadline.

Election Day voting locations can be found at voorheesnj.com. Following is a list of the voting locations in town if you wish to vote in person on Election Day:

Residents of District    1 (Greenridge and Ashland areas) Vote at Ashland Presbyterian Church

Residents of District      2 (Kirkwood/Carriagebrooke Farm areas) Vote at the Kirkwood Fire Station

Residents of District     3 (Alluvium Woods area) Vote at Lions Lake Community Center

Residents of District    4 (Echelon Towers and La Bonne Vie areas) Vote at Macy’s Court

Residents of District    5 (Three Pond and Franklin Square areas) Vote at Town Hall

Residents of District    6 (Portion of Sturbridge Lakes and Woodbrook areas) Vote at the Voorhees School Administration Building

Residents of District     7 (Lost Tree and Staffordshire) Vote at the Macy’s Court

Residents of District     8 (Main Street Estates area) Vote at the Kresson Fire Station

Residents of District       9 (Devonshire, Lake Villa, Elm Tree and Alluvium Lakes areas) Vote at the School Administration Building

Residents of District     10 (Alluvium area) Vote at Lions Lake Community Center

Residents of District    11 (Part of Sturbridge Lakes) Vote at the Hampton Inn Route 73

Residents of District     12 (Ashland Terrace, Woodcrest, Staffordshire Estates) Vote at Town Hall

Residents of District     13 (Avian) Vote at the Lions Lake Community Center

Residents of District     14 (Rainwood area) Vote at the Voorhees School Administration Building at 329 Route 73

Residents of District     15 (Beagle Club, Wood Glen, Laurie Drive areas) Vote at Lions Lake Community Center

Residents of District     16 (Sturbridge Estates and Sturbridge Woods areas) Vote at the Hampton Inn Route 73

Residents of District     17 (Centennial Mill area) Vote at VTC Food Court

Residents of District     18 (Village Apartments, The Vista and portions of Victoriana areas) Vote at the Macy’s Court

Residents of District     19 (Staffordshire and Traditions areas) Vote at VTC Food Court

Any voter who is not listed on the voting rolls or is denied the right to vote, and who believes he or she is properly registered, can vote by way of a provisional ballot which will be reviewed by the Board of Elections to determine voter eligibility.

If you have any questions about casting your vote, call the Voorhees Municipal Clerk at (856) 429-7757 or email her at clerk@voorheesnj.com.

Your vote counts!

** The Voorhees Animal Orphanage will hold its 25th Annual Woofstock on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Voorhees Town Center. The rain date is September 26. The event will feature festivities for animal lovers of all ages and their leashed pets. There will be vendors, food trucks, musical acts and special guests. For more information about Woofstock or the Animal Orphanage, visit vaonj.org/woofstock/

**The Voorhees Fire Department will host its annual Fire Prevention Awareness Night on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be held at Eastern Regional High School and provides the opportunity to meet local firefighters, tour fire trucks and watch live demonstrations, including fire extinguisher training. There will be giveaways, refreshments
and more. Come out to this great family night and learn about fire prevention. The event is free and sponsored by the Voorhees Citizens Event Foundation. For more information, visit helpdesk@vtfd66.org or call (856) 783- 6630 extension 7503.

** The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation will hold its 19th Annual Virtual Birthday Bash on Friday, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. Held in the comfort of your own home, this event features a brief, dynamic program and includes a Signature Silent Auction Boutique, digital Ad Book, tribute messages and videos. The Foundation furnishes Teen Lounges in hospitals to enhance the quality of life for teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. For donations over $150, a unique “Bash in a Box” will be delivered just in time for you to enjoy! For more information, call (856) 784-0615 or visit info@arvf.org.