This week the City Clerk’s office is reviewing the petitions we submitted to get our names on the official ballot for the primary election. So we thought it was an important time to mention the official primary ballot, more importantly the vote-by-mail ballot.
The vote-by-mail ballot is a very important tool in local elections across the country. Here in Woodbury it’s been regularly used by the establishment Democratic party. In the last general election, more than 3.6 million New Jerseyans voted by mail and 43% of those voters were Democrats. In Woodbury, nearly 4,600 residents (70% of all registered voters in the City) voted by mail in the 2020 general election.
Of course the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot more vote-by-mail ballots to be cast in the last year, but it has always been important for a few reasons. First, voting by mail means that you can vote earlier than Election Day. The primary election this year will be held on June 8th but you can request a vote-by-mail ballot from the County Clerk’s office as early as April 25th. Voting early is important to make sure that your vote is counted and your voice is heard!
Second, voting by mail is just as secure as voting in person. Since the start of the pandemic, in New Jersey legislation and executive actions have made the vote-by-mail process just as safe and easy as standing in line and pressing a button. There are at least ten drop boxes throughout Gloucester County where you can safely drop off your vote-by-mail ballot. These ballots are guarded by local police and picked up directly from Gloucester County election staff every single day to make sure your ballot is received. You can also track your ballot through the County website to make sure it’s been received and accounted for in the election.
“Voting by mail is an important piece of the puzzle,” said Jamilah Damiani, Woodbury United Together’s Ward 3 candidate. “Mail-in votes help make voting more accessible to our neighbors who might otherwise have a difficult time getting to their polling place. It’s so important to use every tool at our disposal to make sure every voice in our community is heard.”
Like we mentioned, the vote-by-mail ballots will be ready for you to request beginning April 25th and when you get your ballot please consider voting for our ticket. Check out our website to learn more about our platform and who the candidate is in your Ward!
To request a vote-by-mail ballot application from Gloucester County, click here.