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More Voters Requesting Mail-In Ballots This Year, County Clerk Says

Through Wednesday, nearly 3,000 more vote-by-mail requests had been processed than were processed by the same date in 2008.

As the 2012 election nears, more than 17,000 Ocean County residents have requested and received ballots to vote by mail, according to the Ocean County Clerk's office.

"That's 3,000 more than we had processed by this same date in 2008," County Clerk Scott Colabella told the Ocean County Board of Freeholders at the board's meeting in Toms River on Wednesday.

In 2008, the clerk's office had processed 14,472 vote-by-mail requests, he said. As of Wednesday, they've processed 17,452.

"We're averaging 388 new requests per day," Colabella said.

Voting by mail without restriction has been available in New Jersey since 2004. Prior to that, those who wanted to vote by mail had to give a reason why they would be unable to get to the polls on Election Day, and those reasons were generally limited to college students attending school out of state, military personnel, those living and working overseas, and those homebound by illness.

In the wake of the battle over the result of the 2000 presidential election, however, voting laws and procedures across the country were overhauled under the Help America Vote initiative.

Colabella said that of Ocean County's more than 377,000 voters, he expects roughly 25,000 to request ballots to vote by mail – 6 or 7 percent of the eligible voters.

Colabella said part of the reason for the increase is that voters have become more aware of the option to vote by mail. New Jersey is one of 28 states that allows voting by mail without having to give a reason for doing so. New Jersey also is one of five states that will allow a voter to request all future ballots to be mailed, something Colabella said he sees with seniors who spend their winters in Florida.

Those who wish to vote by mail must be registered voters. The deadline to register to vote is next Tuesday, Oct. 16, which is 21 days before the election.

Those wishing to vote by mail have until Tuesday, Oct. 30 – seven days before the election – to request a vote-by-mail ballot through the mail. Mail-in ballots will be issued in person up until 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5,  Colabella said. All voted vote-by-mail ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. on Election Day, according to the state law.

Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Voter registration forms can be submitted at the county clerk's main office in Toms River at 118 Washington St., or at the Southern Service Center, 179 South Main St., Manahawkin.

Colabella said 58 requests for vote-by-mail ballots have been received at the southern office so far, which he said was good to see because it means residents in the county's southern towns are beginning to realize it's there for them.

Colabella said the clerk's office will have evening hours on Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2, as well as Saturday hours, at the county courthouse in Toms River. The times have not been finalized but will be announced as soon as they are, he said.

Not sure whether you're registered to vote? You can check your registration status online now, through the state's website, here.

Colabella said sample ballots and the overlays for the county's voting machines – which include candidates for federal, state and local offices and, for the first time, school board candidates – are being proofread and will be printed and distributed shortly.

Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 14, 2012 at 02:11 AM
You're damned right. He's my brother. We know the real story, and so does the FBI, who are presently investigating those who wrongfully brought these charges. We have chosen to run with him/under him, and are supporting his efforts - specifically BECAUSE we DO know the truth. You didn't see the two candidates he's running against even daring to pull that old article out of the hat. They know better. So, show me a conviction. No? Then your argument rings as hollow as a cracked vessel (old persian proverb about a leaky pot - it serves no purpose, not even to beat upon). No indictments, either. If and when you have the courage to post your real name, he'll tell you EVERYTHING. Until then, it will be taken in the spirit in which it was presented - juvenile, malicious, and uninformed. You can't produce an indictment or conviction because he's not guilty - they never happened. All great men through history have had to suffer the burden of false accusations. This is not news. It is, however, libel. He's trying to change the world. This is not acceptable to some certain far lesser persons than he.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 14, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Again...Our lawsuit isn't about "Ballot Access" - with your help, we already earned our place on the ballot in November - it's about "Ballot Position" and the privilege conferred by the State to the major parties - THEIR OWN WORDS IN COURT!!
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 14, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Nancy K - By Conway and Taylor for Barnegat . . . The website for mail in ballots is: http://www.nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html. The instructions they provide are as follows: Vote By Mail Applications In New Jersey, any voter can now vote by mail in any election. You do not need a reason to Vote by Mail. Don't feel like going to the polls? Simply vote by mail. Now there is "no excuse" not to vote! A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot (see below), and returning the application to their County Clerk. To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election. The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of a Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 14, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Thank you, Nancy.
Irina October 14, 2012 at 03:45 AM
juvenile, malicious, and uninformed. OK if you say so. I'm sure in good time the rest of the story will be published...In the mean time it would be a cold day in hell I vote for someone like him or anyone associated with him.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 14, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Just please make sure that you are registered and vote.
Cardinal October 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM
NBC10, 11:30am Runyon Debate. Watch & Comcast Channel. Runyon Debate 9:30pm
Cardinal October 14, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Grover Norquest, PAID Lobbyist who Controls Repubs. thru a REQUIRED pledge. Yet Grover won't reveal his secret funding sources TO ANYONE. How does that make you feel as a voter who puts these politicians into office to supposedly REPRESENT YOU?
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 14, 2012 at 01:32 PM
There won't be any airing of the debate at the APP - (Editorial Board Review). There is audio, and some of it is priceless, but it has to be enhanced to be heard. The candidate who has it is working on it - (not me) - and I look forward to it - even with two "minders", he still contradicted even his own written answers.
Cardinal October 14, 2012 at 03:05 PM
What differences R there between Romney & Bush? And the Answer IS: NO DIFFERENCES. And if you doubt that, start listening to Romney.
bayboat October 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Romney wants to slash the deficit while Obama and Bush added to it.
Cardinal October 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Social Security Recipients & Veterans are VICTIMS, that's what Romney says & he doesn't need to care about you because you WANT to remain dependent on govt.
Cardinal October 14, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Embassy security Funding was Slashed by Republican TeaPartiers & then they turn around & blame the President ! Republican Issa Investigating Embassy Matter - HAS AN ARREST RECORD ! How many Congressmen do you know have an arrest record ? Republican Brown from Georgia who sits on the SCIENCE COMMITTEE SAYS: Evolution is a LIE, straight from hell !!!!
Cardinal October 14, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Repub.VP Ryan's $700bill.Medicare Cut in HIS Budget. Check it out. Make HIM respond to that Medicare Cut.
Spooner October 14, 2012 at 04:47 PM
bayboat- your Republican talking point:"slash the deficit" cliche is a joke. . . and shows your ignorance of economic facts! Following Romney's proposal to roll back the deficit to 20% of GDP, hides the calamity behind those numbers...not to mention reviving the economy. Your talking about cutting $9Trillion dollars over 10 years. . .you can't begin to imagine what impact that would have, if the Govt instituted an austerity plan of that magnitude. . .and now with the country's declining GDP know less! Here in New Jersey:unemployment is rising...during the height of the recession(Feb' 09) it was at 9%, now it's at 9.8%. So that's going to be double whammy...both locally and nationally. . .But then what do you know, other than Romney/Ryan boilerplate bull?
bayboat October 14, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Under whos administration will the defecit be lower after 4 years,Romney or Obama? (Romney) Under whos administration will we borrow less from the Chinese, Romney or Obama? (Romney) Under whos administration will the USA be on a surer financial footing after 4 years Romney or Obama? (Romney) The choice is clear...Romney.
Spooner October 15, 2012 at 03:02 AM
bayboat- as I commented to you earlier, which you completely ignored. . . just reinforces my opinion. . .facts don't matter! Now your asking rhetorical questions here in which you offer no evidence to support your conclusions?
Sal Sorce October 17, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Is this when the rising of the diseased happens? For many years, the write in ballots were regularly used to rise the dead and long buried ... HMMMM ??? are there really filters to prevent this funny but serious event ??? Or are the Foxes watching the mail in ballots ???
Sal Sorce October 17, 2012 at 07:08 PM
OOPS MY TYPO "DECEASED" NOT DISEASED ... FUNNY MISTAKE ON THE WORD ...
Cardinal October 21, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Philly Inquir&BurlingtonCoTimesENDORSE ADLER!
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 21, 2012 at 05:18 PM
There are six candidates in the race - BURLCO/PHILINQ failed to interview any of the independents. Beating Runyan in a battle of wits is not exactly a challenge. Adler was also in attendance WITH the independents at the Asbury Park Press Editorial Board Meeting - not a good showing, either - Audio available on this. Of five in the room, she was a solid Third. Not surprising for either paper going for the DEM, especially the Inquirer. Vote for substance, and do what your own head tells you to, not what a bird-cage liner or mullet-wrapper tells you to do. She's only running so NORCROSS can get her a nice judge-ship. She can't beat Runyan. I can.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 21, 2012 at 05:21 PM
D's and R's already cut that deal - that's why the R's and D's have pulled their money out to spend elsewhere. Notice the amazing LACK of adler and runyan yard signs. Wait until next week, when the R's find out that they don't have a ballot line in NJ...watch the courts, folks. Here's the next to last draft of what was filed on Friday - I will post the final on Monday afternoon.... http://www.scribd.com/doc/110544543/Dr-Final-Appellate-Motion
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 21, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Here's some Adler info for you... Not really running - just throwing stones and waiting for her "pension/health bennies" job from Norcross and Company. http://www.scribd.com/doc/110544384/Adler-Patch-Formatting How to break the gridlock, by Shelley Adler - in her own words.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
And typical D/R collusion - here's a flashback that should make your head spin... http://www.scribd.com/doc/110629473/Mochary-v-Caputo Funny how, if you pronounce Mochary with a hard "ch"...
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 21, 2012 at 06:40 PM
here's Medford...Now that you've read how the two-party system has conspired to keep things that way - even going so far as having teachers who support them teach YOUR children that "The Constitution says there are two major parties". I can't tell you how often I've heard that from people who "learned" that in school...and they are generally more embarrassed than enlightened when you show them, so they hate you for telling the truth. Not a fun place to be. Here's the latest from Medford Leas, and a word from our Sponsor, George Norcross. "Don't pay any attention to the economy, the war, or any other real issues - read this, instead." Had they "allowed" me at the debate, this is what you would have heard. http://www.scribd.com/doc/110695415/Medford -- MSN ARTICLE Annotated for facts.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 21, 2012 at 06:42 PM
George Norcross is not "our sponsor" btw - neither is George Gilmore. We are beholden to neither machine.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 21, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Folks, this is actually a pretty historic piece of legal work. Worth the time.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
That's live audio, folks. Shelly and JR at their best - oh, did I mention JR wants to raise the retirement age to 75 - uh, er - 72? (after the "handler" kicked his chair). The moderator then asked "your written answers said you opposed raising the retirement age..." "THEY DO?" asked Runyan. Guess who turned in someone else's homework.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 21, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Take the 40 out of 41 odds, MULTIPLY it by the 30 out of 33 odds in the next county, and divide by 21 counties. That's the REAL odds that there has been no collusion. (written out in tic marks, the paper necessary would exceed the volume of the solar system.)
john biller October 26, 2012 at 03:22 AM
ROMNEY 2012................Time for a leader who knows how to add, not just a speech giver. Do you think he will earn the 5 million for his favorite charity?? LOL His lips are sealed...............either he was an illegal entry or listed himself as a foreign nation for an Ivy League scholarship..........

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