BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Here’s an Election Day rundown for Belmar and Lake Como residents who will be casting their ballots tomorrow, November 5.
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.
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.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the state. To find out if you are registered to vote, click here or call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837).
For a look at the local races, click on the TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como links below:
In the state General Assembly’s 30th Legislative District, Republican incumbents Sean Kean and Edward “Ned” Thomson are seeking new terms to represent Belmar and Lake Como residents, fending off challenges by Democrats Steven Farkas and Yasin “Jason” Celik.
In Monmouth County, Sheriff Shaun Golden, who also serves as chairman of the county’s Republican Party, is being challenged by Democrat Raymond Dothard, and for the Board of Freeholders, Republican incumbent Thomas Arnone and newcomer Dominick DiRocco are up against Democrats Michael Penna and Moira Nelson.
There also is statewide public question on whether to give veterans who live in continuing care retirement communities the same property tax deduction that is offered to those living in private residences.
Counting the Mail-In Vote
The deadline for registered voters to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot in-person is today, November 4, at 3 p.m. The Monmouth County Elections Office is located at 300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you are currently in possession of a vote-by-mail ballot, you can either mail or hand deliver it to the Monmouth County Board of Elections Office for counting, also located at 300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold. Please note that all hand delivered mail-in ballots must be received by the Board of Elections at the close of the polls on election night. All mail-in ballots sent via mail must be postmarked by Election Day and received by the Board of Elections within 48 hours after the close of the polls.
For additional information regarding elections, call the County Clerk's Elections Office at 732-431-7790 or visit the county’s elections website at MonmouthCountyVotes.com.
Addressing Questions on Voter Fraud, Legal Issues at Polling Places
Representatives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will be available tomorrow to assist voters with questions of fraudulent voting, illegal voting and voter intimidation.
Matters of security at any polling place and any emergency that law enforcement encounters will also be addressed by assistant prosecutors who will be on duty during voting hours to respond to these issues.
To report any issues of voter fraud or misconduct, call the Monmouth County hotline at 855-786-5878.
In addition, state deputy attorneys general will be on hand at the Monmouth County Elections Office to provide assistance on legal issues arising at polling places, including questions of whether an individual voter has been properly registered, or if an individual is eligible to cast votes for any election within their residential jurisdictions.
Judges will be available by video conference call to rule on whether a voter who has been challenged at the local polling place may be allowed to vote. The judge, if persuaded by the evidence, may order a provisional ballot to be issued or allow the voter to return and vote on the machine, according to the N.J. Office of the Attorney General, which oversees the state Division of Elections to help determine the eligibility of voters who may have been turned away at their designated polling place.
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