BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ – Amid the pandemic and various shutdowns, Barnegat and Waretown voters join many others when it comes to confusion regarding this year’s primary election. On a local level, there are two committee seats open with two candidates from each party running for office. However, there are other competitive races on the primary ballot for the July 7th Election. How does voting work this year?

Primary elections are designed to give registered a Republican or Democrats a chance to vote for candidates to appear on the General Election Ballots. Unaffiliated voters can declare a party at this time.

First, some dates to remember. Ocean County voters who wish to vote by mail needed to complete an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot and should have returned it by today. Those who wish to pick up ballots will find them available at the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753.

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Voters who are weary of the mail and wish to submit their mail in ballots in person have the opportunity to do so. Ballots need to be dropped at the Ocean County Clerk’s Office, located at 118 Washington Street, Toms River, New Jersey 08754 on July 6th by 3pm.

Ocean County has also set up drop box locations for last minute voters to submit ballots no later than 8pm on Election Day July 7th:

Ocean County Southern Resource Center, 179 South Main Street, Manahawkin 08050 Drop box is located by the front entrance, 24 hours a day. Open until 8pm on Election Day.

Brick Municipal Building, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, Drop box is located by the rear entrance, 24 hours a day. Open until 8pm on Election Day.  Ocean County Complex Parking Garage, 129 Hooper Ave & Madison St, Toms River, 3rd Floor, entrance to breezeway, 24 hours a day. Open until 8pm on Election Day.  Ocean County Northern Resource Center, 225 4th Street, Lakewood, Drop box is located by the front entrance, 24 hours a day. Open until 8pm on Election Day.  Ocean County Library Manchester Branch, 21 Colonia Drive, Manchester, Drop box is located by the front entrance, 24 hours a day. Open until 8pm on Election Day.

Voters can also go to https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/auth/auth/sign-in to check if the election board received their ballots After setting up and logging in to an account, it's easy enough to click on mail in ballot history, and determine whether the ballot was received.

Select poll locations in both Barnegat and Waretown will be available for the casting of paper provisional ballots from 6:00 am until 8:00 pm on July 7th. A special device will be available for the disabled. Poll locations are as follows:

Barnegat

Districts 2, 4, 6: Barnegat Firehouse, 11 Birdsall Street

Districts 3, 7, 8, 12: Barnegat Community Center, 900 W. Bay Avenue

Districts 9, 13, 14, 15: Barnegat Courtroom, 900 W. Bay Avenue

Ocean Township (Waretown)

District 1, United Methodist Church., 27 Bryant Road

Districts, 2, 4 – Waretown Volunteer Fire Department, 117 West Mills Road

District 3 -Township of Ocean Community Center, 239 11th Street

District 5 – Greenbriar Oceanaire Clubhouse

Contested Races

Republican candidates face opposition in two races within Barnegat and Waretown.  Kate Gibbs and David Richter are both running for the third district congressional seat.  Both candidates answered questions in a virtual debate on June 16, which can be viewed here.

Registered Democrats have a choice between incumbent Corey Booker and Lawrence Hamm.  Republican candidates seeking a senate seat are Eugene Anagnos, Tricia Flanagan, Rik Mehta, Natalie Rivera and Hirsh Singh.

According to county officials, it may be open to two weeks before final election results are announced. Pending results will be available on the Ocean County Clerk’s website.

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