Important Information about the 2020 Primary Election

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The Recorder

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the 2020 Primary Election


Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq. is continuing to update Monmouth County voters about the July 7, 2020 Primary Election which is being conducted primarily via Vote by Mail, per the Governor’s Executive Order.

We encourage you to view our centralized Primary Election webpage for more information about the major changes to the Primary Election process by clicking here. The County Clerk’s Office has also created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Guide to assist voters. 

The County Board of Elections has advised us of the secure drop box locations throughout the County for voters to return their completed Mail-In Ballots. The locations can be viewed by clicking here.

We encourage voters with questions to call the County Clerk’s Elections Office at 732-431-7790 during normal business hours from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

What is a Primary Election, and how is it Different from the General Election?

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Many voters have had questions about how the primary election differs from the general election.

A Primary Election is a nominating election, in which voters indicate their preference for their political party’s candidates to run in the November General Election. Winning at the Primary means that the winning candidate becomes that party’s representative on the General Election ballot.

In New Jersey, only members of the political parties having primary elections can vote in that election.  For example, voters who are registered Democrats cannot vote in the Republican primary and vice versa.  Unaffiliated voters can vote in a primary election by choosing the political party they wish to vote, and these voters will thereby become members of the chosen political party.

In the November General Election, voters have the option to vote for any candidates regardless of their party affiliation and make the final choice from among the party nominees and the independent candidates for a specific office. 

How Do I Learn About the Candidates on my Ballot?

Per the Executive Order, sample ballots will not be mailed to voters for the 2020 Primary Election, however, the County Clerk’s Office has made the sample ballots available on our website.

Voters can reach out to candidates and their political party directly to learn more about the individuals who are running for office.

Very truly yours,



Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq.

Monmouth County Clerk

Christine Giordano Hanlon