Atlantic County Receives Record Mail-In Ballot Requests

The Atlantic County Clerk’s Office has received over 15,000 mail-in ballot requests for the 2018 General Election and the record number is putting pressure on the clerk’s office to confirm signatures on the ballots.

Several voters told Route 40 their signature was rejected from a mail-in absentee ballot or an in-person mail-in ballot. There have been more rejections than usual because the number of mail-in ballots is so high, said Mike Sommers, deputy county clerk. 

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Flooding

Saturday saw some of the worst flooding in the Atlantic City area since Superstorm Sandy. We compiled some social media posts that reflected the extent of the flooding, and residents’ humor in dealing with it.

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The Atlantic City To New York Bus Hack

Anyone who lives in or around Atlantic City knows that public transit to New York is biased toward casino travelers traveling in the other direction. Greyhound charges more for a round-trip ticket starting from Atlantic City than for that same ticket starting from New York. New Jersey Transit is cheaper but only runs 12 schedules a day at not-so-convenient times.

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How Did Atlantic City’s Needle Exchange Open In A Business District?

Atlantic City’s syringe exchange program has operated for more than a decade from a downtown office building just a few blocks from the city’s casinos. Back when the South Jersey Aids Alliance started offering clean needles from the Oasis Drop-in Center in 2007, the site was in the Central Business District. We requested property records from the city and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, which oversees planning in the district. The city’s most recent document for the property (posted below) shows it as having the present use “office building”. Neither CRDA or the city had any certificate of land use compliance on file for the property, at 32 S Tennessee Ave.

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Atlantic City Council To Reconsider Syringe Access Program

The City of Atlantic City Council on Wednesday will again discuss doing away with ordinances that allow New Jersey’s largest needle exchange to operate.

The Oasis Drop-In Center on Tennessee Avenue, operated by the South Jersey Aids Alliance, has existed for years in an office building on a site that was, until recently, like many others in the city’s Tourism District.

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