Trenton hosted two early voting events over the weekend, where Trentonians casted their ballots for the governor, assembly, and commissioner races taking place.
Both events were non-partisan and designed to get people out to vote. The event on Saturday was a March to the Ballot Box where people could send their mail-in ballots behind city hall. On Sunday there was a stroll to the polls, which included free food and music followed by a quick walk down the road to the polling station at CURE Insurance Arena.
Adrian King, the President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc of the Epsilon Omega Chapter here in Trenton, explained that they would help people learn more about the voting system and how residents can vote during the Stroll to the Polls event. “We are out here to support our mission as a sorority. We focus on voter education…. and getting out to vote, and helping others understand the importance of strolling to the polls,” King said.
Helen Walker, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, talked about the importance of having a voice. “(It’s about) representation. To have your voice, you have to vote for those individuals who feel the most represent your concerns, your issues, and where you live, so we must take that opportunity to vote whenever we can, not just in general elections. Still, every election is vital,” Walker said.
Mail-in ballots can be sent anytime from now up until the election dates. Early voting has been in place since October 23 and goes through Sunday, October 31 at CURE Arena (81 Hamilton Ave. in Trenton, Gate C). The polls will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The hope is that these events become a mainstay in the city of Trenton during the Election season. “We are so grateful to everyone that joined us Saturday for another successful “March to the Ballot Box” and look forward to next year’s event being even bigger and better,” Crystal Feliciano, a Community activist, said.
All registered voters can now cast their ballot in person, using a voting machine, nine days before Election Day. You can choose to vote when it’s most convenient for your schedule.