Ocean County Press Release

TOMS RIVER - Ocean County Clerk Scott M. Colabella is reminding voters that the deadlines for obtaining and using Vote By Mail Ballots for the upcoming Aug. 13 Special Primary Election for United States Senate are rapidly approaching.

"I am urging Ocean County residents interested in using the Vote By Mail Ballots to get the ballot application returned as soon as possible," Colabella said. "The first deadline to have these applications in is Aug. 6."

The Special August Primary Election is being held as a result of Governor Christie's Writ of Election directing that a primary election be held to select political party nominees to fill the unexpired term for the office of United States Senator as a result of the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg. Following the Special August Primary a Special General Election will occur on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Colabella noted that several key dates and deadlines tied in with the Vote By Mail Ballot are approaching.

Colabella said that all applications for Vote By Mail Ballots for the Special August Primary that are sent through the mail need to arrive in the County Clerk's Office by Tuesday, Aug. 6. After that date, registered voters in Ocean County must apply in person at the County Clerk's Election Office to obtain a Mail-In Ballot for the special Primary Election. The deadline for obtaining a Mail-In Ballot in person is 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12. After that time, voters must obtain a court order from a Superior Court judge allowing them to apply for a Mail-In Ballot.

The Election Office is located in the Ocean County Courthouse, 118 Washington St., Room 107, Toms River.

"Voters do not need a reason to vote by mail in New Jersey," Colabella said. "But it is important they meet the deadlines of the mail in ballot provisions in order to have their vote count."

Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, who serves as liaison to the County's Clerk's Office, commended Colabella and his staff for their professionalism and dedication to making certain all elections run smoothly.

"Scott and his staff have worked through some very challenging elections including the one that came on the heels of Superstorm Sandy," Kelly said. "The office is always helpful and provides our residents with the information they need to be able to cast their vote."

As of July 25, the County Clerk's Election Office issued a total of 4,984 Vote by Mail Ballots for the upcoming Aug. 13 Special Primary Election. Of that total, 2,805 ballots have been issued to registered Republicans; 1,581 ballots have been issued to registered Democrats and 598 ballots have been issued to unaffiliated voters.

All voters who wish to apply in person for a Mail-In Ballot need to present proper identification such as a New Jersey Driver's License to prove their identity and sign their name as it appears in the voter registry book.

For additional information on obtaining a Mail-In Ballot individuals may contact the County Clerk's Election Office at (732) 929-2153.

Over 376,000 sample ballots will be mailed prior to the Aug. 13 Special Primary Election providing registered voters with a copy of the official ballot that will appear on voting machines as well as the polling place location for the 412 election districts throughout Ocean County.

Colabella added that a copy of the Official Sample Ballot and polling location addresses for all 33 municipalities are also available on the County Clerk's web page at www.oceancountyclerk.com.

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