Ocean County Press Release
Deadline Approaches for Voters Seeking Mail-In Ballots

TOMS RIVER - Ocean County Clerk Scott M. Colabella is reminding voters that deadlines to obtain a Vote By Mail Ballot for the upcoming Wednesday, Oct. 16 Special General Election for United States Senate are rapidly approaching.

And, in an effort to assist voters in obtaining a Vote By Mail Ballot for the Special October General Election, the Ocean County Clerk's Election Office in Toms River will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Columbus Day holiday, Oct. 14.

The Special October General Election is being held as a result of Governor Christie's Writ of Election directing that a Special General Election be held to fill the unexpired term for the office of United States Senator as a result of the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg.

All applications for Vote By Mail Ballots for the Special Election that are sent thru the mail need to arrive in the County Clerk's Office by Wednesday, Oct. 9. 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 General Election.

Voters do not need a reason to vote by mail in New Jersey.

The deadline for obtaining a mail-in ballot in person is 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15. After that time, voters must obtain a court order from a judge allowing them to apply for a mail-in ballot. The County Clerk's Election Office is located in the Ocean County Courthouse, 118 Washington St., Room 107, here.

As of Oct. 1, the County Clerk's Election Office issued a total of 13,587 Vote by Mail Ballots for the upcoming Oct. 16 Special General Election.

All voters who wish to apply in person for a mail-in ballot need to present proper identification such as a valid 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 379,000 Sample Ballots will be mailed prior to the Oct. 16 Special General 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 available at www.oceancountyclerk.com, the County Clerk's web site.

"I want to commend the County Clerk and his staff," said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, who serves as liaison to the Office of the County Clerk. "They are working diligently to make sure all registered voters have the opportunity to cast their ballot."

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