Time is winding down for Ocean County residents to register to vote for the 2012 general election. The deadline is Tuesday October 16th, and the Ocean County Board of Election is urging anyone who needs to register, to do so immediately.

Campaign signs in Jackson (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

While many people's first thought might be to go to the County Clerk's Office, actual registration must be done at either the Board of Elections office or at one of a number of locations throughout the County. Those locations include the town hall of most municipalities, the county connection in the Ocean County Mall, as well as the County Resource Center in Stafford Township.

The Ocean County Board of Elections will be open from 8:30 am until 9pm to accommodate the additional demand. Employees from the Ocean County Board of Elections says local municipal clerks offices could be open later, however it's important to check first.

Residents in Ocean County can also mail in their registration form, however the Board of Election warns if you do chose to mail it, the post office must physically stamp the form by the 16th.

It's important you get everything done in time, if you fail to register by the 16th, you will be able to register after the fact however you won't be able to vote in the November 10th elections. The only way a person who doesn't register in time is able to vote is by approval the day off elections from a federal judge. Though federal judges are available throughout Election Day, few requests are granted and wait times could be anywhere from fifteen minutes to eight hours.

You can print out a voter registration form for Ocean County here, however they must be submitted in person.