If you voted by mail in the 2016 presidential election, you won’t be able cast your ballot in the voting booth/machine this year, unless you write your County Clerk to opt out of receiving a vote by mail ballot. Pay attention to your mail. If you voted by mail in 2016, you will receive a Mail-In-Ballot this year too, due to a new law signed by Governor Murphy this month.
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon announced changes to the vote by mail procedures in a press release on Friday afternoon.
“A new law signed by Governor Phil Murphy in August dramatically changed the Vote by Mail rules in New Jersey. These changes are effective immediately and will impact the November General Election,” Hanlon said.
I can foresee the facebook posts on Election Day now: “I went to vote this morning and my name was not in the book!! This is unbelievable!! It’s a conspiracy!!!!
Prior to Murphy signing this new law, voters had three options for voting by mail. The voter could opt for receiving a Mail-In Ballot for one election, all elections in one calendar year, and all future general elections.
Now, a voter has only two options for voting by mail. A voter can request a Mail-In Ballot for one election or for all elections every year until the voter opts out in writing.
Hanlon said she is sending a letter to all Monmouth County residents who voted by mail in 2016 to advise them of these changes.
Voters can download the updated Vote by Mail application from our Elections Website at MonmouthCountyVotes.com and from the free Monmouth County Votes Mobile App.
If you have any questions about the Vote by Mail process or questions about the new law, please contact the County Clerk’s Elections Division at 732-431-7790.