SOUTHERN OCEAN —  With the  2020 General Election just days away, Ocean County voters who need assistance with vote-by-mail ballots can access help through the Ocean County Clerk Election Services staff in the days leading up to and including Nov. 3. On Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1, voters can obtain a replacement vote- by-mail ballot by completing an affidavit, vote the ballot in a privacy booth and deposit the ballot in a secure drop box all in-person at the Ocean County Southern Service Center, 179 South Main St., Manahawkin. The Ocean County Clerk’s Election Services Staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 to assist with the ballots.

“The County Clerk staff will be available at the Ocean County Southern Service Center in Stafford Township to assist registered voters who may need to obtain a vote-by-mail ballot, whether because they did not receive one, they lost their ballot, made a mistake on the ballot, tore, defaced it or incorrectly marked the ballot,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gary Quinn, liaison to the Ocean County Clerk. 

The Clerk’s Office at the Southern Service Center will also be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 2 and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Election Day, Nov. 3 to assist with vote-by-mail ballots. “The second location will provide convenient access to assistance for our voters in the southern part of the County,” Quinn said. “Since the 2020 General Election is primarily vote-by-mail due to changes in state law, we have been addressing a number of issues and concerns raised by our voters. Having staff available gives them an opportunity to correct problems with their ballot and assures them their vote will be counted.” Registered voters from the following towns can get vote-by-mail ballot assistance at the Southern Service Center: Barnegat Light, Barnegat Township, Beach Haven, Eagleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Lacey Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Ship Bottom, Stafford Township, Surf City and Tuckerton. 

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Completed ballots can be dropped into any one of 17 secure drop boxes that have been set up in safe locations throughout the county. A complete list is available on the Ocean County webpage at www.co.ocean.nj.us. The majority of the locations for the secure drop boxes are outside branches of the Ocean County Library and other public buildings. The deadline for placing your ballot in one of the secure drop boxes is 8 p.m., Nov. 3.

“The drop box locations are under 24-hour security surveillance monitored by the County,” Haines said. “We are encouraging voters to not wait until Election Day to drop off their ballot at a polling place. Because the vote-by-mail has resulted in many questions from citizens, there is a list of frequently asked questions in the updates box on the Ocean County website . to help provide answers to some questions. Voters seeking additional information are also encouraged to visit the Ocean County Clerk website at and click on the View Nov. 3 General Election Information link or visit the Clerk’s Facebook page, There are instructional videos and important links for specific election information all of which can be accessed 7 days a week, 24-hours a day.

The Ocean County Board of Elections can be reached by calling (732) 929-2167.