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COURT HOUSE –As the Nov. 3 election approaches, Cape May County Clerk Rita Fulginiti reported 27,610 voters returned their vote-by-mail ballots, as of Oct. 19, of the 71,018 ballots sent to active voters. 

The Cape May County Board of Elections “continues to process new or updated voter registrations received via online, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, or which came in direct before the deadline of Oct. 13,” she stated, in an Oct. 20 email.

She added that when all voter registrations are in, the statistics will be posted to the county clerk's election website, at www.capemaycountyvotes.com.

Voters have four ways to return their vote-by-mail ballots:

*Mail it, using the postage paid envelope.Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than 8 p.m. Nov. 3.

Drop it into a secure vote-by-mail dropbox no later than 8 p.m. Nov. 3. Drop box locations:

- Cape May County Clerk’s Office, 7 North Main St., Court House

- Cape May County Public Works Building, 536 Woodbine-Ocean View Rd., Ocean View

- Cape May Municipal Hall, 643 Washington St., Cape May

- Lower Township Municipal Hall, 2600 Bayshore Rd., Villas

- Lower Township Public Safety Building (court entrance), in the Cape May County Airport Complex, Erma

- Martin Luther King Center, 207 W Main St., Whitesboro

- Ocean City Municipal Hall, 861 Asbury Ave., Ocean City

- Sea Isle City Branch Cape May County Library, 4800 Central Ave., Sea Isle

- Stone Harbor Branch Cape May County Library, 9516 Second Ave., Stone Harbor

- Upper Township Municipal Hall, 2100 Tuckahoe Rd., Petersburg

- Wildwood Municipal Hall, 4400 New Jersey Ave., Wildwood

Deliver it to the Cape May County Board of Elections, 10 Mechanic St., Court House, no later than 8 p.m. Nov. 3.Individuals are asked to bring identification.

Deliver it to their designated polling place (https://bit.ly/33S2XL7)no later than 8 p.m. Nov. 3.

Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.Individuals who choose to vote at their polling place will be given a paper provisional ballot.There will be no voting machines at the polling places.

Voters with a disability who need an accessible vote-by-mail ballot may call 609-465-1013 or go to their assigned polling place, which will provide access to an in-person voting device Nov. 3.

Individuals interested in viewing an instructional video on voting by mail can visithttps://bit.ly/30oYr4W.

Those who wish tocheck theirballot’s status can do so by calling 1-877-NJ-Voter (1-877-658-6837) or visiting https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/auth/sign-in.

Voters who did not return their vote-by-mail ballots by Oct. 19 should expect to receive a postcard from the County Clerk’s Office, informing them of their polling location.

“I encourage voters to vote and return their vote-by-mail ballots as soon as they are sure of their vote,” stated Fulginiti. “It enables the Board of Elections time before Election Day to check in the ballots and verify voter signatures.”

Voters with a ballot issue should contact the County Clerk’s Office, at 609-465-1018.

Fulginiti noted the Board of Elections will begin counting ballots 10 days before the election, and that unofficial and incomplete results will be postedto the county clerk's election website after 8 p.m. Nov. 3. 

“The Board of Elections will continue to tally vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by Election Day and received up to seven days later.  The provisional ballots will be tallied after all the vote-by-mail ballots are in. I expect the Board of County Canvassers will certify the election on or before Nov. 20,” she added. 

In addition to the below races, there are also school board elections included on the ballot.

Three state questions for constitutional amendmentsare also on theballot. One would legalize the use of recreational marijuana for individuals at least 21 years of age, another would give a $250 property tax deduction to veterans who did not serve in time of war, as well as extend the 100% property tax exemption for disabled veterans to veterans who became disabled during peacetime military service, and anotherwould postpone the redrawing of legislative district boundaries if U.S.Census counts are delayed.

Voters in Cape May will decide between two bond ordinances, initiated by citizen petition, involving the financing and construction of public safety facilities. One would finance construction of a consolidated public safety building, for $15 million, while the other would finance construction of a stand-alone firehouse, for $5 million. Voters also have the option to vote ‘no’ on both ordinances.

West Cape May voters will decide whether the borough should establish a Length of Service Awards Program for members of the West Cape May Volunteer Fire Company.

President

Seeking the office of president (vote for one, four-year term) are eight candidates: 

Republican Donald J. Trump, Democrat Joseph R. Biden, Constitution Party Don Blankenship, Alliance Party Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, United Party America Bill Hammons, Green Party Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Party Jo Jorgensen, Socialism and Liberation Gloria Estela La Riva

U.S. Senate

Five are seeking one, six-year seat in the U.S. Senate:

Democrat Cory Booker, Republican Rikin (Rik) Mehta, Green Party Madelyn R. Hoffman, LaRouche Was Right Daniel Burke, Of, By, For! Veronica Fernandez

U.S. House of Representatives

Seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives (vote for one, two-year term) are four candidates:

Republican Jeff Van Drew, Democrat Amy Kennedy, Justice Mercy Humility Jenna Harvey, Libertarian Party Jesse Ehrnstrom

County Races

Sheriff, vote for one, three-year term

Republican, Robert A. Nolan

Clerk, vote for one, five-year term

Republican, Rita Marie Fulginiti

Freeholder, vote for two, three-year terms

Democrat, Elizabeth F. Casey, Brendan Sciarra

Republican, Will Morey, Jeffrey L. Pierson

Independent, Ryan Troiano

Municipal Races

Cape May

Mayor, vote for one, four-year term

Nonpartisan, Zachary Mullock, Clarence F. Lear III

Council member, vote for one, four-year term

Nonpartisan, Patricia Gray Hendricks, Mark DiSanto, Christopher Bezaire

Cape May Point

Commissioner, vote for three, four-year terms

Nonpartisan, Anita VanHeeswyk, Marcus D. Wrotny, Mary A. Kelly, Catherine M. Busch, Robert J. Moffatt

Dennis TownshipCommittee, vote for two, three-year terms

Republican, Scott J. Turner, Thomas J. VanArtsdalen

Democrat, Jeffrey Trout, Renee Pettit

Lower Township

Mayor, vote for one, four-year term

Democrat, Christopher South

Republican, Francis H. Sippel

Council-at-large, vote for one, four-year term

Republican, David Perry

Democrat, Chris Marlow

Council member, vote for one, two-year unexpired term

Republican, 2nd Ward, Kevin S. Coombs

Middle Township Committee, vote for one, three-year term

Democrat, Bob Jackson

Republican, Timothy Donohue

North Wildwood

Council member, vote for one, three-year term

Republican, 1st Ward, David J. Del Conte; 2nd Ward, KellyannTolomeo

Stone Harbor

Mayor, vote for one, four-year term

Republican, Judith M. Davies-Dunhour

Council member, vote for two, three-year terms

Republican, Reese E. Moore, Robin Lynn Casper

Upper Township Committee, vote for one, three-year term

Democrat, John Amenhauser

Republican, Curtis T. Corson Jr.

West Wildwood

Commissioner, vote for three, four-year terms

Nonpartisan, John J. Banning, Matthew J. Ksiazek, Joseph D. Segrest, Christopher J. Fox, Scott Golden, Amy Korobellis

Woodbine

Council member, vote for two, three-year terms

Republican, David Bennett, Hector Cruz

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