MONMOUTH COUNTY — Monmouth County residents who are concerned about the security of their mail-in ballots may find some solace via one of 17 local "drop boxes" that have been put up for the 2020 general election.
On Tuesday, the Monmouth County Clerk's Office released a list of secure ballot box locations for the upcoming election in November. Mail-in ballots can also be dropped off at the Monmouth County Board of Elections located at 300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold.
While limited polling places will be open on Nov. 3, the election is taking place mostly via mail in New Jersey due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is important to remember that every mail-in ballot will be counted, pursuant to State law, before the provisional ballots from Election Day are reviewed, verified and counted,” said Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon. “If you feel strongly about going to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3, I encourage you to bring your completed mail-in ballot and simply drop it off. Since everyone wants timely results from this election, I encourage all voters to return their mail in ballots for counting as soon as they receive them.”
Click here for a video update on the state mandated changes to the general election from Clerk Hanlon.
Drop boxes can be found in the following locations:
Aberdeen Municipal Building
Allentown Borough Hall
Asbury Park City Hall
Borough of Belmar Municipal Building
Eatontown Borough Municipal Building
Monmouth County Board of Elections Office
Hazlet Agency - NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Howell Township Municipal Building
Long Branch City Hall
Manalapan Township Municipal Building
Middletown Municipal Building
Neptune Township Municipal Building (Library Entrance)
Ocean Township Town Hall
Red Bank Borough Municipal Building
Rumson Borough Hall
Wall Township Municipal Building
Residents with questions regarding the drop boxes and voting by mail should call the Monmouth County Board of Elections at (732) 431-7802. More information is available at https://www.monmouthcountyvotes.com/vote-by-mail-drop-box-locations.
Gov. Phil Murphy has made the decision that every voter will be mailed a ballot weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election. The step is being taken as New Jersey continues to deal with the effects of the coronavirus.
Voters who want to vote in-person will be allowed to as every municipality will have one polling location open and a minimum of 50 percent will be open per county. At least 10 drop boxes will be available per county. Read more here: NJ Vote-By-Mail Concerns? Patch Asked A County Clerk For Answers
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