Early voting in New Jersey is underway; It’s new and it’s gone for a good
For the first time in New Jersey history, early voting, ahead of the general election on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, is underway.
Nine (9) days of early voting continue until Sunday, October 31, 2021.
In Atlantic County, you can vote at any of these six locations no matter where you live in Atlantic County:
|EARLY VOTING CENTERS:|
Atlantic City Library
1 avenue in northern Tennessee
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
|Buena Vista Twp
Martin Luther King Building
661 Jackson Road
Newtonville, NJ 08346
306 Jimmie Road Leeds East
Galloway, New Jersey 08205
Mays Landing Library
40, avenue Farragut
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Hammonton Family Success Center
310 Bellevue Avenue
Hammonton, New Jersey 08037
101 Shore Road
Northfield, New Jersey 08225
THE EARLY VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE UNTIL SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2021
MONDAY TO SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. & SUNDAY FROM 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
If you do not vote in advance, then on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, you will vote at your regular polling station.
My wife Margie and I were the 2nd and 3rd voters at the early voting center in Northfield, New Jersey.
First of all, the staff were fantastic. They were enthusiastic and helpful.
It was fun because it was brand new to everyone; electors and poll workers.
We arrived around 10:15 a.m., the opening of the polling stations was scheduled for 10:00 a.m.
About 10 minutes later, we saw the first voter come out after voting.
Margie and I, along with Atlantic County Commissioner Frank Balles and his wife, Cyndi Balles, walked in next.
We were asked for our last names and the poll workers were able to locate us in the ballot logs.
We then signed a hard copy of the Voter Registration Authority (the blue element) and signed a computer screen with a stylist (both are pictured below).
The process went really well, but be prepared because you might not like what your signature looks like. Your new signature will appear right next to the last one you signed in the old manual voting books.
Then you wait to be directed to a voting machine to vote. It took a few more minutes.
The new voting process is on hold. It’s not legal to post your ballot in New Jersey, so I can’t show you what the ballot looks like here.
I can tell you that it is very well formulated and easy to follow.
The new voting process also shows you a printed hard copy of your ballot, displayed behind a glass.
You have two chances to change your vote selections won by digital signage as you cannot change your vote after pressing this button.
Here is exactly what it looks like:
The first screen displays your ballot.
The next screen asks you to print your ballot. There is no going back after pressing the button to print your ballot.
This step looks exactly like this:
Lynn Caterson, one of 4 members of the Atlantic County Electoral Council, was on site in Northfield and appropriately perched outside the voting area.
Maureen Bugdon, superintendent of the Atlantic County Board of Elections, was stationed at the Atlantic City polling center.
Full disclosure, I embarked on this new method of early voting with a somewhat predisposed negative bias… which was not fair on my part.
Considering the fact that this is a whole new process, I left very impressed with the overall experience.
The technology works. You vote in the voting booth by touch screen. Use your finger to vote. The cylindrical element provided for voting, does not work well.
It is no one’s fault. It is designed to be a human touch screen. Only COVID-19 caused these plastic tubes, shown below:
I left the polling center more confident than ever that my vote will count, as you can actually see and examine your printed ballot before finalizing your decisions.
I am totally impressed with the new technology. Your voting machine ballot can be displayed in any of the six cities during the advance poll; as if you were voting at the polling station in your hometown.
As impressed as I was with the equipment’s new abs voting processes; I was most impressed with the staff.
You can easily tell that they have had the proper training to be able to implement advance voting for the first time in New Jersey history.
Beyond that, what was even more impressive was how friendly, accommodating, and service-oriented they were.
I was the second person in Northfield to vote early and the whole process took less than 10 minutes.
I am confident to say that in the future you will be able to do this in less than a minute or two.
I give everyone involved a grade of A +
Below is a link to a previous story I wrote recently about early voting… followed by additional galleries that will show you the location of each early voting center in New Jersey.
Read more: New Jersey Early Voting Begins For The First Time |
Early voting locations in every county in NJ
Each county in the state will have between three and 10 early voting locations, open daily for the 2021 general election from October 23 to 31. The sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. except Sunday, when they will close. at 18 hours