Election Facts

As we approach the November 3, 2020 General Election, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon and the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office will continue to debunk election misinformation shared online and on social media.Please be sure to refer back to this webpage and to follow the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages of the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, as we update our platforms with up-to-date myth-busters while using the designated hashtag #MonmouthElectionFacts.

Myth: Is it true that voters can deliver an unlimited number of 2020 General Election ballots for counting via drop box, USPS mail box, in-person to the County Board of Elections in Freehold, and in-person to their polling place on Election Day?

Mythbuster: NO, that is false: Pursuant to State law, voters may only deliver three ballots (in addition to their own) to a drop box, mail box, and in-person to the County Board of Elections in Freehold. In addition, the “Bearer” section on the front of the return envelope must be signed in the presence of the voters whose ballots are being delivered. If delivering in-person to the County Board of Elections, one form of identification is required, with name, address, and signature.

On Election Day, November 3, 2020, voters may only return their own mail-in ballots at a polling location, per State mandate.

Myth: Is it true that Paper Provisional Ballots completed at the polls on General Election Day will NOT be counted and reflected in the official election results?

Mythbuster: NO, that is false: All valid paper provisional ballots will be counted and reflected in the certified General Election results, after all mail-in ballots are counted. If you feel strongly about going to your polling place on November 3, 2020, Election Day, it is best to bring your completed mail-in ballot and to drop it off for counting.

Myth: I can vote in-person on a machine in New Jersey on Election Day, November 3, 2020.
Mythbuster: NO, unless you are a disabled voter. Due to Governor Murphy’s State mandate, the November 3, 2020 #GeneralElection will be conducted primarily by mail-in ballots: All active registered voters will automatically receive mail-in ballots for voting in the 2020 General Election without the need to submit vote by mail applications.

There will be limited in-person polling locations open on Election Day, where voters can vote by provisional paper ballot only or drop off their completed mail in ballot. There will be no voting machines, except for voters who need an ADA accessible ballot marking device because they are unable to vote a paper ballot.

Myth: Adding a stamp to your postage paid Vote by Mail ballot return envelope will force the United States Postal Service (USPS) to mail your ballot to the County Board of Elections quicker than the standard business reply postage printed on the return envelope.
Mythbuster: We have confirmed with the U.S. Postal Service that this is NOT true! Adding a stamp to your postage paid Vote by Mail ballot return envelope will NOT result in your ballot being mailed to the County Board of Elections any quicker than the postage paid printed on your envelope. Please note that the County Clerk’s Office has provided postage-paid on the return envelope, therefore, voters are not required to attach a stamp when returning the ballot via U.S. Postal Service.

Election Fact: How to Update Your Voter Signature in Monmouth County, NJ.
Video: Following the Governor’s Executive Order declaring the November General Election as a primarily vote by mail election, Clerk Hanlon is advising voters that they can update their signature by using the New Jersey voter registration form:

Myth: The County Clerk counts all of the mail-in ballots and provisional ballots for an election.

Mythbuster: The County Clerk does not count mail-in ballots or provisional ballots. The County Clerk only prepares and issues the paper ballots to voters, but does not receive the voted ballots back for counting.

Rather, the Board of Elections, which is a separate and independent office from the County Clerk’s Office, counts mail-in ballots and provisional ballots. The Board of Elections is overseen by Commissioners who represent the two major political parties. In Monmouth County, the Board of Elections is overseen by three Republicans and three Democrats. The Board also handles polling locations, poll workers, and challengers for Monmouth County. The Board office can be reached directly at 732-431-7802.

Myth: Your return mail-in ballot envelope for the November General Election will state whether you are a Republican or Democrat.

Mythbuster: Your party affiliation will not appear on the return envelope of your mail-in ballot for the upcoming November General Election.

Rev. 9/23/20