Nov. 8 is Election Day

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French reminds Monmouth County’s registered voters that an Application for a Vote By Mail ballot must be received in the county’s election offices by 4:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday, Nov. 1.

A registered voter can take advantage of the Vote By Mail application program to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, Nov. 8. The Vote By Mail ballot has replaced the absentee ballot.

“There is no reason for a registered voter to miss out on voting in the upcoming Nov. 8 election,” Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French said. “If you know who you want to vote for and might not be able to vote in person on Election Day, there is still time to apply to vote by mail.” 

Upon receipt of an Application for a Vote By Mail ballot, the County’s Clerk Election Office will mail an official election ballot to the requestor.

“The voter should complete the official election ballot, and return it to the Board of Elections office at 300 Hall Mills Rd. in Freehold.” French said. “The ballot, which can be mailed or delivered, must be received in the Board of Elections Office by the 8 p.m. close of polls on Nov. 8.”

The county election offices at 300 Halls Mills Rd. are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but will have extended hours closer to Election Day. The extended office hours are for 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The County Clerk’s election office, Superintendent of Elections’ office and the Board of Elections’ office work in tandem to coordinate voting prior to Election Day.  

Election information can be found on the County Clerk’s page of the Monmouth County Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com. Contact the Monmouth County Clerk’s Election Office at 732-431-7790 for additional information.

French also reminds residents that election rules now allow voters to vote prior to the election for any reason.

“In the past, absentee voting was restricted to individuals with disabilities, those who were out of town on Election Day or unable to vote because work hours kept them from the polls,” French said. “That is not the case any more. Any registered voter can use the Vote By Mail program and vote prior to Election Day.”

French also reminds voters that once they apply for a Vote By Mail ballot, they will not be permitted to vote by machine at their polling place on Election Day. 

A voter must apply for a Mail-In Ballot for each election, unless he or she designates otherwise in the “Voter Options” section of the Application for a Vote By Mail Ballot.

 

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The regular election office hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.