In 2018, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2018 c. 72 mandating that voters who requested and received a Mail-in Ballot for the 2016 General Election will automatically receive a Mail-in Ballot for all future elections.
In response to that mandate, approximately 3,800 Cape May County Mail-in Ballot voters will receive a letter from the Cape May County Clerk’s Office during the next several weeks.
County Clerk Rita Fulginiti explained that this letter urges voters to select and follow through with one of two options:
- complete and send back a new Mail-in Ballot Application so that the County Clerk has the current and correct information from the Mail-in Voter going forward in 2019; or
- complete and send back an “opt-out form” to be removed from the list of voters scheduled to receive Mail-in Ballots for all future elections.
Fulginiti continued, “If you receive one of these letters, it is important that you inform the County Clerk’s Office if you want to receive a Mail-In Ballot for all future elections or if you prefer to vote at the polls on Election Day in a voting machine.”
It is important to note that when voters are issued a Mail-In Ballot they should vote that ballot because voters who have been issued a Mail-In Ballot are not permitted to vote in the voting booth on Election Day. They will be given a paper provisional ballot at the polls and the Board of Elections will determine whether to count the voter’s provisional ballot once they confirm that the Mail-in Ballot was not voted and returned.“
For questions call the County Clerk’s Election section at 609 465 1013.