FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon and County Election Officials hosted a press conference [Tuesday] to advise voters that they will have more ways and more days to vote in person with the implementation of a new voting option beginning this upcoming Nov. 2 General Election. This major change requires new voting technology and Monmouth County officials informed of the County’s new electronic poll books and voting machines.
Earlier this year, a new State law was passed mandating the option of in-person early voting in New Jersey. This new option allows registered voters to cast their ballots in person, using a voting machine, during a nine day period prior to Election Day at designated early voting polling locations.
New Jersey voters will now have three options for voting: These options are voting by mail, voting in person on Election Day at assigned polling locations, or the new early in-person voting option at designated polling locations.
“With the passage of this new State law, voters will have more ways and more days to vote in person than ever before in New Jersey,” said Clerk Hanlon. “The new early in-person voting option will provide evening and weekend hours resulting in more convenience for voters.”
The option to vote early in-person for the 2021 General Election will be available at 10 designated early voting polling locations in Monmouth County from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The designated early voting polling locations in Monmouth County are under the jurisdiction of the Monmouth County Board of Elections:
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• Colts Neck Township – Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive
• Hazlet Township – James J. Cullen Center, 1776 Union Avenue
• Howell Township – Adelphia Fire Company Station No. 2, 993 State Route 33, Freehold
• Little Silver Borough – The Women’s Club of Little Silver, 111 Church Street
• Long Branch City – Arts and Cultural Center, 577 Broadway
• Manalapan Township – Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive
• Middletown Township – Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo
• Neptune Township – Neptune Senior Center, 1607 Corlies Avenue
• Spring Lake Heights Borough – Cornelius V. Kelly Community Center, 902 Ocean Road
• Upper Freehold Township – Upper Freehold Township Municipal Building, 314 Route 539, Cream Ridge
“Voters who are registered in Monmouth County can vote early in-person at any of the County’s 10 designated early voting polling locations regardless of which municipality they reside in,” said Clerk Hanlon. “This gives voters the ability to vote anywhere in the county during the nine day early voting period.”
It is important to note that the 10 designated early voting polling locations differ from the assigned polling locations for in-person voting on Election Day and will not be open on Nov. 2 Election Day. Voters who wish to vote in-person on Nov. 2 Election Day should report to their assigned polling location, which can be found on their sample ballots or MonmouthCountyVotes.com.
In order to implement this State-mandated early in-person voting option, all 21 counties in New Jersey were required to purchase new voting technology so voters could access their specific ballot at any of the early in-person voting polling locations in the county.
The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners invested in new electronic poll books and new voting machines for Monmouth County voters to use while voting in person either early or on Election Day.
“I want you to know that Monmouth County is committed to the Election process and doing everything in our power to make this process as efficient, accessible, and secure as possible,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We have committed $12 million to the new voting system to ensure that the Election is both seamless and protected.”
Clerk Hanlon provided a tutorial of Monmouth County’s new electronic poll books and voting machines during the press conference, which utilize touch screen technology. An indepth video tutorial can also be viewed under “2021 General Election Overview” on the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office YouTube channel.
For more information, voters can visit our Elections Website at MonmouthCountyVotes.com, download our Monmouth Votes Mobile App, or follow the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office on social media for upcoming video tutorials about the new voting equipment and process.
County Clerk Hanlon Advises of New Early In-Person Voting Option, Mandated by State Law