FREEHOLD – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is advising voters that they have more ways and more days to vote in person with the implementation of a new voting option beginning Elextion Day, Nov. 2.
Earlier this year, a State law was mandating the option of in-person early voting was approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. This new option allows registered voters to cast their ballots in person on a voting machine in designated locations, during the nine days period prior to Nov. 2.
That means voters now have three options for voting: 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 Hanlon. “The new early in-person voting option will provide evening and weekend hours for more convenience for voters.”
The option to vote early in-person for the election will be available at ten designated early voting polling locations in Monmouth County from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31. Times open for voting in this manner are on Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The locations for this early voting are under the jurisdiction of the Monmouth County Board of Elections and located in the following places:
· 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 – The Women’s Club of Little Silver, 111 Church Street
· Long Branch – Arts and Cultural Center, 577 Broadway
· Manalapan Township – Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive
· Middletown – Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo
· Neptune Township – Neptune Senior Center, 1607 Corlies Avenue
· Spring Lake Heights – Cornelius V. Kelly Community Center, 902 Ocean Road
· Upper Freehold Township – Upper Freehold Township Municipal Building, 314 Route 539, Cream Ridge
“Registered voters in Monmouth County can vote early in-person at any of the County’s ten0 designated early voting polling locations regardless of which municipality in which they reside,” said Clerk Hanlon. “That means voters can vote anywhere in the county during the nine day early voting period.”
The clerk continued that it is important to note the ten designated early voting polling locations differ from the assigned polling locations for in-person voting on Election Day and will not be open on 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 their county.
Voters can visit the Elections Website at MonmouthCountyVotes.com, download the 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.
For more information regarding the upcoming election and its three voting options, visit the Elections Website at MonmouthCountyVotes.com or download the free Monmouth County Votes mobile app.