New Statewide Vote by Mail Will Affect November General Election

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FREEHOLD – A new law recently signed by Gov. Murphy has changed the Vote by Mail rules in New Jersey. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is advising residents to be aware of the change.

The new law allows a voter only two options for voting by mail, whereas voters previously had three options. A voter can now only request a Mail-In Ballot for one election or for all elections every year until the voter opts out in writing.

The new law also states 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 a voter does not want this, they must opt out in writing with the County Clerk.

These changes are effective immediately, according to Hanlon.

All 2016 Mail-In Ballot voters will be sent a letter from the County Clerk’s Office advising of this change.

The new Vote by Mail application can be found at and on the Monmouth County Votes Mobile App.

For more information about this change, contact the County Clerk’s Elections Division at 732-431-7790.