Ocean County Press Release
WITH THE Primary Election quickly approaching, the Ocean County Clerk and the Board of Elections is offering some additional voting opportunities for those voters who cannot cast their ballot at the polls on June 5.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2, staff from the County Clerk's Office and the Board of Elections will assist primary voters by giving them the opportunity to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot, vote and return it to the Board of Election staff that day. All this takes place at the Board of Elections Office located in the basement of 129 Hooper Ave., Toms River. Free parking is available in the Ocean County Parking Garage adjacent to the Board of Elections office.
County Clerk Scott M. Colabella said that May 29 was the last day his office could receive through the U.S. mail a Vote by Mail application.
"After that date voters must apply for a Vote by Mail ballot in person. They have until 3 p.m., Monday, June 4 to do so," he said. "We set aside Saturday, June 2 to give voters the opportunity on a weekend day to vote using a Vote by Mail ballot. They can fill it out and leave it right at the Board of Elections.
"We have been providing this opportunity for a number of years and encourage voters to take advantage of it," Colabella said.
"Voting is a fundamental right," said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, who serves as liaison to the County Clerk. "Our County Clerk and Election Board assists our voters by providing them with the opportunity to cast a ballot even if they can't get to the polls on Election Day."
Voters also have the opportunity to apply in person and obtain a Vote by Mail Ballot in the Toms River office of the County Clerk at 118 Washington St., or at the Southern Service Center, 179 South Main St., Manahawkin, until Friday, June 1. The office hours at both sites are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Voters do not need a reason to use the Vote by Mail option in New Jersey.
The deadline for obtaining a Vote by Mail Ballot in person is 3 p.m., Monday, June 4. After 3 p.m. Monday, voters must obtain a court order from a judge allowing them to apply for a Vote by Mail Ballot. The County Clerk's Election Office is located in the Ocean County Courthouse, Room 107, 118 Washington St., here.
As of May 29, the County Clerk's Election Office issued a total of 6,239 Vote by Mail Ballots for the upcoming June 5 Primary Election. Of the ballots issued, 3,442 have been issued to registered Republicans; 2,069 ballots have been issued to registered Democrats and 728 ballots have been issued to unaffiliated voters. There are 131,678 registered Republican voters in Ocean County, in addition to 85,174 registered Democrats, and 183,652 unaffiliated or undeclared voters.
All voters who wish to apply in person for a Vote by Mail Ballot need to sign their name as it appears in the voter registry book. For additional information on obtaining a Vote by Mail Ballot, individuals may contact the County Clerk's Election Office at (732) 929-2153.
More than 400,000 sample ballots have been mailed in Ocean County providing registered voters with a copy of the official ballot that will appear on voting machines June 5 as well as the polling place location for the 413 County election districts.
Colabella added that a copy of the official sample ballot and polling location addresses for all 33 municipalities are also available at www.oceancountyclerk.com, the County Clerk's web site or voters can visit www.facebook.com/oceancountyclerk the County Clerk's Facebook page.