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Primary Election 2020: NJ 3rd Congressional District

Patch logo Patch 7/7/2020 Karen Wall
The primary election for New Jersey's Third Congressional District is Tuesday. Polls are open until 8 p.m. © Shutterstock The primary election for New Jersey's Third Congressional District is Tuesday. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Tuesday's Primary Election in Ocean and Burlington counties includes voting for Republican and Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives from New Jersey's Third Congressional District.

Kate Gibbs and David Richter are vying for the Republican nomination for the Nov. 3 general election for the two-year seat. Gibbs is a former Burlington County freeholder. Richter, who now lives in Ocean County, is a former CEO of Hill International. You can read their profiles here: NJ 3rd District House Race: Kate Gibbs and NJ 3rd District House Race: David Richter.)

Andy Kim, the incumbent, is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kim is finishing his first term representing the Third District, after he defeated Republican Tom MacArthur in 2018 by less than 4,000 votes. You can read his profile here: NJ 3rd District House Race: Andy Kim

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the primary election is being conducted through vote-by-mail balloting. The polls are open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, and that is the deadline for submitting your vote-by-mail ballot if you have not yet turned it in.

Vote-by-mail ballots were mailed to voters who are registered Republicans or registered Democrats. If you have not turned in your ballot, here's how you can submit your vote:

  • Mail it back, following the instructions on the ballot. It must be postmarked no later than 8 p.m. on July 7, 2020, to be counted in the election.
  • Deliver your completed ballot in person to the Board of Elections in your county by 8 p.m.
    • In Burlington County, it is at 50 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly.
    • In Ocean County, vote-by-mail ballots will be available in the Mancini Room at the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St., Toms River.
  • Drop your completed ballot off in a secure ballot drop box. Ballots will be picked up at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
    • In Ocean County, they are located at:
    • Northern Ocean County Resource Center, 225 4th S., Lakewood;
    • Ocean County Southern Service Center, 179 South Main St., Manahawkin;
    • Ocean County Parking Garage, Madison Avenue, Toms River;
    • Brick Township Municipal Building, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick;
    • Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library, 21 Colonial Dr., Manchester.
    • In Burlington County, they are located at:
    • Pemberton Community Library, 16 Broadway St., Browns Mills
    • Mount Laurel Municipal Building, 100 Mount Laurel Rd., Mount Laurel
    • Medford Township Public Safety Building, 91 Union St., Medford
    • Cinnaminson Township Municipal Building, 1621 Riverton Rd., Cinnaminson
    • Mansfield Township Municipal Building, 3135 Route 206 South, Columbus

If you choose to vote in person, there will only be provisional ballots available; there will not be voting machines, the county clerk's offices said. Vote-by-mail ballots will not be accepted at polling locations.

The Ocean County polling places for the primary can be found here. The Burlington County polling places can be found here.

If you have questions, you can call the Ocean County Board of Elections at 732-929-2167, or the Burlington County Board of Elections at 609-265-5062.

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