Ocean County Clerk Extended Hours & Assistance Ahead Of Primary

Ocean County Administration Building (Photo by Chris Lundy)

OCEAN COUNTY – The county is opening up opportunities for voters to cast ballots before the June 5 primary elections.

Voters can obtain a vote-by-mail ballot in the County Clerk’s office 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until June 1. The clerk has two locations: 118 Washington St. in Toms River, and 179 S. Main St. in Manahawkin.

Voters can also stop by the Board of Elections office basement 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 2 to get the vote-by-mail ballot. That’s located at 129 Hooper Ave. in Toms River.

May 29 is the final day the clerk’s office can receive those ballots through the U.S. Postal Service.

“After that date voters must apply for a Vote by Mail ballot in person. They have until 3 p.m., Monday, June 4 to do so,” county clerk Scott Colabella said. “We set aside Saturday, June 2 to give voters the opportunity on a weekend day to vote using a Vote by Mail ballot. They can fill it out and leave it right at the Board of Elections.

“We have been providing this opportunity for a number of years and encourage voters to take advantage of it,” Colabella said.

Registered voters can use the vote-by-mail ballot. No reason for using that ballot must be provided. The deadline for obtaining that ballot in person is 3 p.m. June 4. They must obtain a court order to get a vote-by-mail ballot after that time.

Copies of official sample ballots and polling location addresses for all 33 municipalities are available at oceancountyclerk.com.