BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ – The morning and evening chill offer a reminder that the warm weather has ended. School is back in session and the summer folks are gone. For people who call either Barnegat or Ocean Township home, there’s something for consideration. Voting is a right that distinguishes America from many other nations. However, it certainly pays to have local voter information all in one place.
For starters, it’s critical to understand voter registration. While there’s no need to declare a party affiliation, voters must appear on the county rolls in order to push levers. The Ocean County Board of Elections details voter eligibility as follows:
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be 18 by election day
- Must be a resident of New Jersey and Ocean County at least 30 days before the election
However, those who meet these criteria are NOT eligible to vote if they are serving a sentence, on parole or probation as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law or have been adjudged mentally incompetent.
Registering to vote requires completion and return of a New Jersey Voter Registration Application Form. The voter registration deadline for this year’s November 5, 2019 election is Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
The State of New Jersey offers an easy search tool for those who are uncertain if they are listed as registered voters. It’s also possible to obtain an application to vote by mail. However, only registered voters can take advantage of doing so.
Requests to vote by mail (also known as absentee ballots) must be made seven days before the election. Meanwhile, those who miss the deadline can apply in person at the Ocean County Clerk’s office on any day up to 3:00 p.m. on November 4, 2019.
Completed absentee ballots must be returned no later than Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Ballot Choices for Ocean County and Municipal Elections
All Ocean County residents have the opportunity to vote for the Ocean County Sheriff or two Freeholders. Those listed on the ballot are listed by party affiliation in the order displayed by the Ocean County Clerk’s Office:
Ocean County Sheriff
Republican Michael Mastronardy
Democrat Gene Davis
Ocean County Freeholder
Republican John P. "Jack" Kelly
Republican Virginia "Ginny" Haines
Democratic Jean Czarkowski
Democratic David T. Wright
IND-Libertarian Party Daniel Valentine
Barnegat Township Committee
Republican Albert Bille
Democratic Peggy A. Houle
Ocean Township Committee
Republican Benjamin LoParo
Democratic Keith Hoffman
Ballot Choices for Board of Education
Although some Board of Education candidates are running under the same slogan, Board of Education elections are intended to be non-partisan.
In Barnegat, eight candidates are vying for three seats. TapINTOBarnegatWaretown has arranged for a Candidate’s Debate on October 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Barnegat High School. The League of Women Voters will moderate the event. More information regarding the format will be announced in the near future.
Barnegat Board of Education Candidates and Slogans
Keeping Barnegat Great! Scott Sarno
Keeping Barnegat Great! Pete Toth
Keeping Barnegat Great! Wayne Eslinger
Progress for Education George Fedorczyk, Jr.
A New Voice Richard Quelch
A New Voice Robert Sawicki
A New Voice Sean O’Brien
Make Education Great! D.D. Verdolino
In Ocean Township, Daniel Eberenz is the only candidate running for the one open seat.
TapINTOBarnegatWaretown has a no endorsement policy for all elections. All candidates have been invited to submit statements and press releases. Letters to the Editor are also welcome.
Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.