FREEHOLD, NJ — Voters who mailed in their ballots for the 2016 general election will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot for this year — even if they did not request one. And unless they notify the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office that they don’t want to vote by mail, they will not be permitted to cast their ballots at a polling place on Election Day, November 6.

Monmouth County Voters can click here to download a form to opt out of receiving a mail-in ballot for the upcoming general election. Please complete the form and deliver by September 14 either via email to or mail to Christine Giordano Hanlon, Monmouth County Clerk, 300 Halls Mill Road, Freehold, NJ 07728-8334

A new law recently signed by Gov. Phil Murphy “dramatically changed the vote-by-mail rules in New Jersey. These changes are effective immediately and will impact the November general election," Hanlon said in a press release.

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Another change allows voters to have only two options on a mail-in ballot application. They can request a mail-in ballot for one election or for all elections every year until they opt out in writing. Previously, they had three options: to receive a mail-In ballot for one election, for all elections in one calendar year of for all future general elections.

Voters can download the updated vote-by-mail application from the Monmouth County Votes website,, or free Monmouth County Votes mobile app, which is available through the website.

Applications sent by mail must be received by the county clerk’s elections office by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30. 

Any voter may apply in person or by designated messenger at the elections office, 300 Halls Mill Road, Freehold. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information about the vote by mail process or the new law, contact the county clerk’s elections office at 732-431-7790 or email

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