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