Recently, Governor Murphy signed a law changing the election process for the November 3, 2020 general election. This is an unprecedented change in the election process in New Jersey. Here is what you need to know:
1. The election will be conducted primarily by mail-in ballots. Governor Murphy has mandated that the County Clerk in each county send ballots to all active registered voters. Ballots will be mailed to Monmouth County voters in late September with a postage paid return envelope.
2. There will be limited in-person polling locations open on Election Day. Per State law, voters who go to the polls to vote in person will be provided with provisional paper ballots for voting.
3. There will be no voting machines, except for voters with disabilities. Voters with disabilities can also contact the County Clerk’s Office at 732-431-7790 for an accessible vote by mail ballot.
4. Any voter who does not receive a mail-in ballot, or who misplaces or damages the ballot received, can call my office at 732-431-7790 or visit us in person at 300 Halls Mill Road, Freehold.
County Election officials have heard from many residents expressing concern over the new process. We understand these concerns, but are mandated to follow the State law. So our focus is on making sure everyone understands this year’s election process. We have posted all of the relevant information on social media and the County elections' website, MonmouthCountyVotes.com. We have also mailed every voter a postcard, outlining the changes to this year’s election process.
Due to the limited polling locations and the absence of voting machines, the vast majority of voters will be voting by mail this year. This is the first time in our State’s history that a general election for President will be conducted mostly by mail.
Pursuant to State law, there will be a large number of paper ballots counted by the County Board of Elections, who will be working hard to provide results in a timely fashion. We are, therefore, encouraging voters to complete and return their mail-in ballot early. Voters can return their ballots through the mail, by dropping it at one of the county’s secure drop boxes or at the Board of Elections in Freehold (as noted on MonmouthCountyVotes.com) or, at polling locations on Election Day.
All mail-in ballots will be counted first by the Board of Elections, per State law. Then, the paper provisional ballots that voters vote at the polls on Election Day will be reviewed, verified and counted. So, if voters feel strongly about going to the polls on Election Day, it is advisable that they bring their completed mail-in ballots and drop them off. It is important to know that a voter may only bring his or her own mail-in ballot to a polling location.
Vote early and be counted first!
For more information, visit MonmouthCountyVotes.com or download the County Clerk’s mobile election app. Monmouth Votes.
Christine Giordano Hanlon
Monmouth County Clerk
33 Mechanic St