FREEHOLD, NJ — All active registered Republican and Democratic voters can expect to receive by mail their mail-in ballots for the July 7 primary election, which is being primarily conducted via vote-by-mail under an executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy.
Mailing of the ballots were to begin today, June 12, according to Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon in a press release, outlining major changes in the voting process as directed in Murphy’s executive order that postponed the June 2 primary to July 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, all registered, but unaffiliated voters and inactive Republican and Democratic voters will receive a postage-paid, vote-by-mail application, so they can apply to receive a mail-in ballot to vote in the upcoming primary election. This special vote-by mail-application requires unaffiliated voters to declare affiliation with either the Republican or Democrat Party to receive a mail-in ballot to vote in the primary election for that political party.
The deadline for the County Clerk’s Election Office to receive a vote-by-mail application via mail in time to provide a mail-in ballot to the voter by mail for the primary election is June 30. In-person vote-by-mail applications will be accepted by the County Clerk’s Election Office, located at 300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold, prior to 8 p.m. on primary election day, July 7.
The vote-by-mail application is also available for download at MonmouthCountyVotes.com and by clicking here.
All completed mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before the July 7 primary and received by the County Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on July 14. The County Clerk’s Office has provided a postage-paid envelope for the return of the completed mail-in ballot; therefore, voters are not required to attach a stamp when returning the ballot through the United States Postal Service.
Voters may also choose to deposit the completed mail-in ballot in one of the secure drop boxes located throughout the county. The deadline for delivering the ballot via drop box is 8 p.m. on July 7. Voters should call the County Board of Elections at 732-431-7802 for information on drop box locations.
Voters can also hand-deliver their completed mail-in ballot to the County Board of Elections at 300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold by 8 p.m. on primary election day, July 7. If delivered in-person, the voter or the bearer must present identification when surrendering the ballot.
A limited number of polling places will be available for voters on July 7, where only provisional paper ballots will be available to cast votes. Voters will receive a mailed notice a week before the election regarding the location of their polling place.
Sample ballots will not be mailed to voters for the 2020 primary election, but the County Clerk’s Office has made the sample ballots available online at MonmouthCountyVotes.com and on the Monmouth County Votes mobile app.
- Click here for sample Democratic and Republican ballots for Belmar’s primary election.
- Click here for sample Democratic and Republican ballots for Lake Como’s primary election.
Voters with disabilities or who need an accessible ballot, should contact the County Clerk’s Office at 732-431-7790, or may go to their assigned primary election polling place, which will provide access to an in-person accessible voting device on primary election day. More information can be obtained at MonmouthCountyVotes.com or by downloading the free Monmouth County Votes mobile app in the Apple App or Google Play stores.
Voters with questions should contact the County Clerk’s Election Office by phone to 732-431-7790 or email at ClerkofElections@co.monmouth.nj.us.
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