September 30, the last Sunday in September, is Gold Star Mother’s Day nationally, and in New Jersey, Parents of Fallen Military Sons and Daughters Day. Every year on Gold Star Mother’s Day, we are called upon to express love, sorrow, and reverence towards the families who have lost a child who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Coinciding with the special day, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is launching the Gold Star Parent Identification Card program.
The new law requires that any voter who voted by mail in 2016, the last presidential election, automatically be sent Vote-By-Mail ballots in all future elections unless they opt-out in writing.
Voters who do not opt-out in writing will not be able cast their vote in a voting machine. They will be able to cast a provisional ballot if they show up at the polling location to vote and find that their name is not in the book.
The form, which we are posting below, should be printed out, signed and mailed or emailed by September 14…this Friday.
FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is reminding voters that 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.
The new law mandates that all voters who voted by mail in the 2016 General Election be sent a Mail-In Ballot for the 2018 General Election, even if they did not request one. If these voters do not want to receive a 2018 General Election Mail-In Ballot, they must notify the County Clerk in writing to opt out.
“All of these 2016 Mail-In Ballot voters have been sent a letter from the County Clerk’s Office advising of this change, so it is important that voters be on the lookout for this letter,” said Clerk Hanlon.
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.
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon announced today that the drawing for ballot positions in the November general election will be held on Monmouth August 13 at 3:00 p.m.
The drawing, which by New Jersey law is to occur 85 days before the election, will be conducted by Deputy Clerk Judith Ricci at the Monmouth County Clerk of Elections Office located at 300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold.
The fee to process your passport application in-person with an authorized agent, including a County Clerk, U.S. Post Office or other government office, is rising from $25 to $35 on April 2, 2018, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon announced today.
The fee is mandated by the U.S. State Department for application through agents. Applications sent to the State Department via mail are not subject to the fee increase.
“The April 2 fee increase provides an additional incentive to obtain or update a passport now,” said Clerk Hanlon. “By completing passport transactions at this time of year, Monmouth County residents can not only save money, but they can avoid the last-minute rush of the busy spring travel season.” Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re not registered to vote and you want to have a say in choosing New Jersey’s next Governor, your next Senator, Assembly members, Freeholders and municipal officials, you need to act today.
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon reports that the Supervisor of Elections Office at 300 Halls Mills Rd., Freehold Township, will be open until 9 p.m. tonight in order to accommodate new voters. Additionally, the Bradley Beach Municipal Clerk’s Office is staying open till 9 p.m. to accept new registrations. Ocean Township’s Clerk is staying open until 7 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon announced today that Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD, is this year’s M. Claire French Award winner.
Created by Hanlon in 2015 and named for her predecessor, The M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation recognizes outstanding achievements of an elected official, government employee, public servant or civic organization in supporting historic preservation in Monmouth County through education, development, planning, rehabilitation, advocacy, community leadership or other means.
“Gerry Scharfenberger, an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Monmouth University, exemplifies the important aspects of the M. Claire French Award through his dedication to the maintenance and preservation of various historic sites in Monmouth County,” said Hanlon. “It is my honor to present the award to such a deserving community leader and educator.” Read the rest of this entry »
With the primary election coming up on June 6, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon wants all voters in the County to have easy access to the information they need to exercise their right to choose the nominees of their parties.
The app let’s you check to see if you are registered to vote, provides information on how to register and declare you Party declaration, request a mail in ballot, locate your polling place, view a sample ballot and apply to be a poll worker. As an added bonus, you get Hanlon’s picture on your phone.