Voting is a civic duty.
Social distancing to protect one another from the spread of covid-19 also is a civic duty. That means avoiding crowded spaces, like polling places.
Reconciling the two conflicting civic duties is easy in New Jersey: Vote by mail (VBM).
Registered voters in Burlington County must apply for a VBM ballot. No reason or excuse is necessary to receive a mail-in ballot.
Completed applications must be received by the County Clerk’s office at least seven days prior to the election. Voters may choose to receive a mail-in ballot for the upcoming election, or for all elections.
Completed ballots must be postmarked on or before election day and must be received by the Board of Elections no later than two days after the election.
Voters who receive a mail-in ballot but do not return it may still vote at their polling locations, but are required to cast a provisional ballot.