Dear Monmouth County Residents:
Governor Murphy announced major changes to the July 7 Primary Election process due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 144:
- Active registered Republican and Democratic voters will receive mail-in ballots for voting in the 2020 Primary Election. The mailing of Primary Election ballots will begin Friday, June 12th.
- All registered unaffiliated 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 2020 Primary Election. The vote by mail application is also available for download on our elections website at https://www.monmouthcountyvotes.com
The 2020 Primary Election Vote by Mail Application requires registered unaffiliated voters to declare affiliation with either the Republican or Democratic Party in order to receive a ballot to vote in the Primary Election. Once the mail-in ballot application is received, the voter will receive a mail-in ballot from the County Clerk’s Office based upon the political party declared on the submitted vote by mail application.
The deadline for the County Clerk’s Election Office to receive a vote by mail application via mail 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.
In order for the ballot to be considered timely and able to be canvassed, all Primary Election mail-in ballots must meet the following:
- Any completed mail-in ballots returned by mail via the United States Postal Service (USPS), must be postmarked on or before Primary Election Day, July 7, and received by the County Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on July 14. For your convenience the County Clerk’s Office has provided a postage-paid envelope for the return of the completed mail-in ballot.
- Secure drop boxes located throughout the County for voters who choose to deposit their mail-in ballot, as well as, completed mail-in ballots delivered in-person to the County Board of Elections must be received by 8 p.m. on Primary Election Day, July 7. Ballots delivered in-person, require presentation of identification when surrendering the ballot.
A limited number of polling places with only provisional paper ballots will be available for voters on Primary Election Day. Mailed notices regarding location of polling places will arrive one week before the 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.
For more information regarding the Primary Election or to view a sample ballot, log onto our elections website at MonmouthCountyVotes.com or download our free Monmouth County Votes Mobile App in the Apple App or Google Play Stores.
Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq.
Monmouth County Clerk