As you may know by now, we're in Election season and along with that, Early In-Person Voting begins on Saturday October 29 and for 9 days you can go and cast your ballot prior to the General Election on November 8.

The scope of it is that you can only go in-person to vote, there is no dropping off of ballots at these locations.

You can opt for mail-in as well, but only mail-in if you go that route.

With Early Voting as well, there are less physical locations -- ten across the 33 municipalities --- and slightly shorter time periods to get over to a location and vote -- 10:00 am until 8:00 pm except on Sunday's which will close at 6:00 pm.

Still though, whether you choose to vote early or on Election Day itself November 8, there are multiple options.

In Ocean County, sample ballots from the Ocean County Clerk's Office are en route to your house and information about what to do, where to go, and when to go are coming your way as well over the next week.

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“Voters now have a number of choices on ways to cast their ballot,” Ocean County Commissioner Gary Quinn, liaison to the Ocean County Clerk’s Office, said in a written statement. “There is plenty of information available on the how and where for casting your vote for the Nov. 8 General Election.”

“The website and also the sample ballots contain the information voters need to determine the best and most convenient way for them to cast a ballot,” Ocean County Clerk Scott Colabella said in a written statement. “Ocean County voters still like to vote the traditional way by heading to the polls on Election Day to cast a ballot. Other voters are seeing the convenience in mail-in ballots and early voting."

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Clerk Colabella said that you have until November 1 to submit your mail ballot applications.

Commissioner Quinn said that there are 20 secure vote-by-mail ballot drop off boxes across the County as well, which need to be submitted by the same time all polls close on November 8 and that is at the stroke of 8:00 pm.

“Most of these boxes are located on Ocean County Library branch properties, so they have security cameras in the area and are frequented by security,” Quinn said. “It’s important our voters know their votes are secure and count.”

 

Here are the 10 Early Voting sites in Ocean County: 

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-- The Berkeley Township branch of the Ocean County Library, 30 Station Road, Bayville.

-- The Brick Township branch of the Ocean County Library, 301 Chambersbridge Road, Brick.

-- The Jackson Township branch of the Ocean County Library, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson.

-- The Lacey Community Center, (Former Knights of Columbus Building, Room C, 15 E Lacey Road, Lacey Township.

-- The Lakewood Township Municipal Building, Courtroom, 231 3rd St., Lakewood.

-- The Upper Shores Branch of the Ocean County Library, 112 Jersey City Ave., Lavallette.

-- The Little Egg Harbor Township Branch of the Ocean County Library; 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township.

-- The Ocean County Southern Service Center, nutrition site, 179 S Main St., Manahawkin.

-- The Manchester Township Branch of the Ocean County Library, 21 Colonial Dr., Manchester Township.

-- The Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St., Toms River.

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Here are the drop off box locations for casting ballots in Ocean County: 

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Ocean County ballot box in Toms River (Ocean County Clerks Office)
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-- Ocean County Library, Barnegat Branch, 112 Burr St., Barnegat Township.

-- Beachwood Library branch, 126 Beachwood Blvd., Beachwood.

-- Berkeley Township Library branch, 30 Station Road, Bayville.

-- Brick Township Library branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick Township.

-- Jackson Township Library branch, 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson Township.

-- Lacey Township Library branch, 10 E. Lacey Road, Forked River.

-- Upper Shores Branch, Ocean County Library, 112 Jersey City Ave., Lavallette.

-- Little Egg Harbor Township Library branch, 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor Township.

-- Long Beach Island Library branch, 217 S. Central Ave., Surf City.

-- Manchester Township Library branch, 21 Colonial Drive, Manchester Township.

-- The Ocean County Northern Resource Center - 225 4th St., Lakewood.

-- Ocean County Parking Garage, 3rd Floor, Madison Ave., Toms River.

-- PIC, Inc. of Ocean County, 1959 Route 9, Toms River.

-- Plumsted Township Library branch, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt.

-- Point Pleasant Library branch, 834 Beaver Dam Road, Point Pleasant.

-- Ocean County Southern Service Center, 179 South Main St., Manahawkin.

-- Toms River Library branch, 101 Washington St., Toms River.

-- Ocean County Courthouse, 118 Washington St., Toms River.

-- Waretown Library branch, 112 Main St., Waretown.

-- The Whiting Reading Center/Library, 400 Lacey Road, Suite 5, Whiting.

“Polls are open on Election Day, Nov. 8 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in all voting districts in Ocean County,” Clerk Colabella said.

“We encourage our residents to get out and vote,” Commissioner Quinn said. “Casting your ballot will always be the anchor to our democracy and to have your voice heard.”

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