BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout New Jersey for today’s general election.

In Belmar, polling places for all five voting districts will be situated in the Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main Street, in these specific locations:

  • Districts 1 and 5: Court room (Sixth Avenue entrance)
  • Districts 2, 3 and 4: Gymnasium (Main Street entrance)

In Lake Como’s, all voting will take place in the municipal chambers at Borough Hall, 1740 Main Street.

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For more information, call the clerk’s office which in Belmar is 732-681-3700, ext. 225, and in Lake Como is 732-681-3232.

Voters are reminded to review the ballot before entering the voting booth. Attached are the sample ballots for Belmar and Lake Como.

For a rundown of all local races, click on the TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como links below:

In the only statewide race, New Jersey's Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is pitted against GOP newcomer Bob Hugin in a hotly contested battle, as longtime Republican Congressman Chris Smith is fending off a challenge to his Fourth District seat by Democrat Josh Welle. In addition, voters in Belmar and Lake Como will make their choices for two Monmouth County freeholders.

There also is statewide public question to approve a $500 million bond issue for vocational training security updates and water infrastructure improvements at New Jersey’s educational institutions.

Changes in Counting the Mail-In Vote

The Monmouth County Clerk’s Elections Office reminds voters that the deadline to return mail-in ballots to the county Board of Elections for counting has changed. The new statewide vote-by-mail law passed in August allows mail-in ballots to be received and counted by the elections board up to 48 hours after polls close on election night, provided that these ballots are postmarked on Election Day.

This means that the election results on election night may not include the final mail-in ballot count because ballots will continue to be accepted 48 hours after the polls close. The county Clerk’s Office will post the final mail-in ballot results as they are received from the Board of Elections. 

Voters who have already received a mail-in ballot, either because they requested one or because the new vote-by-mail law required that they be sent one, must remember that they will not be able to vote on voting machines on Election Day. These voters must either vote through the mail-in ballot and send it back to the Board of Elections for counting, or they can vote on a paper provisional ballot at their polling locations on Election Day. 

For more information about voting, contact the county clerk’s Elections Office by calling 732-431-7790 or emailing ClerkOfElections@co.monmouth.nj.us.

Election results will be available by downloading the county’s free "Monmouth County Votes" Mobile App, available in the Apple App and Google Play Stores.

For additional information regarding elections, visit the county’s elections website at MonmouthCountyVotes.com.

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