General Election

November 3, 2020 – General Election

2020 General Election Overview
County Clerk Hanlon explains the major changes to this year's November General Election, per State law.
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is advising Monmouth County voters that pursuant to State law, major changes have been made to the November 3, General Election process.

Similarly to the July Primary Election, the November 3, 2020 General Election, all active registered voters will automatically receive mail-in ballots for voting in the 2020 General Election without the need to submit a vote by mail application, per State law. The 2020 General Election will be conducted primarily via Vote by Mail, with limited polling locations open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day for voting on paper provisional ballots only and accessible voting devices for disabled voters only.

Clerk Hanlon and the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office will continue to debunk misinformation and myths spread about the General Election process on social media. View our #MonmouthElectionFacts webpage by clicking here.

For the locations of the drop boxes around the county, click here.

For questions regarding the 2020 General Election process, please view the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

For more information regarding the 2020 General Election visit the New Jersey State Informational Portal here.

All Active Registered Voters will Automatically Receive Mail-In Ballots

Pursuant to State law, all active registered voters will automatically receive mail-in ballots for voting in the 2020 General Election without the need to submit a vote by mail application.

The commencement of the mailing of General Election ballots, per State law, to all active registered voters will be on or before October 5, 2020. The County Clerk’s Office has provided a postage-paid envelope for the return of the completed mail-in ballot; therefore, voters are not required to attach a stamp when returning the ballot via U.S. Postal Service.

Returning your Completed Mail-In Ballot to the County Board of Elections / Secure Drop Box Locations

Pursuant to State law, voters can return their completed General Election mail-in ballots to the County Board of Elections via mail, drop box, in-person to the Board of Elections Office, or in-person at their assigned 2020 General Election polling place, by the following deadlines, in order for the ballot to be considered timely and to be canvassed:

Returning Ballot via USPS Mail
If a voter is returning his or her completed mail-in ballot by mail via the United States Postal Service (USPS), the ballot must be postmarked on or before General Election Day, November 3, and received by the County Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on November 10.

The County Clerk’s Office has provided a postage-paid envelope for the return of the completed mail-in ballot; therefore, voters are not required to attach a stamp when returning the ballot via USPS.

Additionally, every ballot without a postmark or mis-marked and confirmed by the USPS that those ballots were received by USPS on or before November 3 and received by the County Board of Elections from the USPS within 48 hours after the close of the polls on November 3, shall be considered valid.

Returning Ballot via Secure Drop Box
Voters may choose to deposit the completed mail-in ballot in a drop box located throughout the County. The deadline for delivering the ballot via drop box is 8 p.m. on General Election Day, November 3.

For the locations of the drop boxes around the county, click here. Voters can contact the County Board of Elections at 732-431-7802 for information regarding drop boxes.

Returning Ballot In-Person
  • If a voter would prefer to deliver his or her completed mail-in ballot in-person, the deadline for the County Board of Elections at 300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold to receive the mail-in ballot in-person is 8 p.m. on General Election Day, November 3. If delivered in-person, the voter or the bearer must present identification when surrendering the ballot.
  • Voters may also deliver their own completed mail-in ballots in-person at their assigned 2020 General Election polling place on Election Day, November 3, but may not return any other voter’s ballot.
Limited Polling Places on Election Day
Pursuant to State law, a limited number of polling locations in each County in the State of New Jersey will be available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for voters on November 3, 2020, General Election Day, where only paper provisional ballots will be available to cast their vote.

Active voters will be mailed a notice before the election regarding the location of their polling place. The County Clerk’s Office will mail this notice to active voters by October 23, 2020.

For polling locations, click here.

Sample Ballots
Per State law, sample ballots will not be mailed to voters for the 2020 General Election. The County Clerk will instead send a postcard to voters indicating their polling location for the 2020 General Election.

Sample Ballots are available online for viewing here on our website and on the Monmouth County Votes Mobile App, click here. A sample ballot will also be available at each polling place on Election Day.

Information for Voters with Disabilities
Voters with disabilities or who need an accessible ballot, should contact the County Clerk’s Office at 732-431-7790, or may go to their assigned 2020 General Election polling place, which will provide access to an in-person accessible voting device on General Election Day.
Additional Information

For questions regarding the 2020 General Election process, please view the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Clerk Hanlon will continue to provide voters with more information as we receive guidance from the State Division of Elections.

If you have any questions, please contact the County Clerk’s Election Office by phone at 732-431-7790 during normal business hours.

We also encourage you to download our Monmouth County Votes Mobile App and to follow the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

For additional questions, please contact:
State of New Jersey Division of Elections
PO Box 304
Trenton, NJ 08625-0304
609-292-3760

Office of the New Jersey Governor
225 W State St.
Trenton, NJ 08625
609-292-6000

Rev. 9/3/20