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Ocean Board of Education Candidate Forum

Candidates for the Ocean Township Board of Education will meet in a debate at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 2, in the auditorium of the Board Offices, 163 Monmouth Rd. The 90-minute forum, held by the non-partisan League of Women Voters of the Township of Ocean, begins and ends with statements from the candidates, but will devote most of its time to questions from voters.

Four candidates are vying for three, three-year terms on the Ocean Board. Incumbents Amy McGovern and Sylvia Sylvia-Cioffi, and newcomers James Sintic and John Stuppi are running.

The League asked each of the candidates three questions about themselves, their backgrounds, their concerns and priorities for the town. Their answers can be found here or you may click on a name above.

General Election Day: November 8

Clinton! Johnson! Trump! Oh, my! Clinton! Johnson! Trump! Oh, my! Election Day is Tuesday, November 8 -- citizenship is not a spectator sport. Be a responsible citizen, and vote.

Vote By Mail

The deadline to apply by mail for a mail-in ballot is November 1; the application must be received by the Elections office by close of business). You may apply in person until 3:00 p.m., Monday, November 7.

Where To Vote

If you don't mail in your vote, you'll want to know the location of your local precinct polls. Go here and enter your address to find your polling place.

Voter Identification Requirements

If you're a first time voter, you may be asked to provide ID at the polls. Here is a list of accepted documents, and the rules determining whether you may cast a ballot on the machine, or must cast a provisional ballot.

For More Information

Should you have more questions, need more information, or need a required form, visit the Voting page of our website. You can also check the Monmouth County Clerk's very helpful site.

Don't Forget

Vote. November 8. It's important.

Thoughtful Voting

Are you disappointed that so much of the news is coverage of elections as horse races? Do you wish you had more information about the candidates' positions, and records, and the sources of their campaign contributions? Would you like to know how their views stack up against yours?

If you'd like to be a better informed voter, a more responsible citizen, you might want to take a look at these websites. They're non-partisan, and non-profit. You can read more about them -- who they are, why they are, what they do -- on the websites.

The League offers the sites and as suggestions -- we do not endorse their views, nor do we attest to their accuracy.

Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart

Looking for some facts about candidates and office-holders? Would you like to know the details of their voting records, their positions -- a comprehensive view including stands they've taken and those they've ducked? Project Vote Smart, provides non-partisan information to aid your research.

Vote Smart researchs the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations of them generated by over 400 national and 1300 state special interest groups.

Take a look. In what is increasingly a post-fact political economy, it is sometimes difficult to determine where candidates stand on positions important to you. Follow the money: Vote Smart shows the top contributors to the candidates. Get smart. Vote smart.

I Side With


This site offers quizzes, asking your thoughts on various issues, matching you to the candidates.

Curious about how a candidates plans for taxes will effect what you pay? I Side With has a tax plan calculator -- enter information about your income and expenses and a few other items, and will tell you what happens to you, and to the national debt. I Side With has more. Take a look.

A note: I Side With is the work of a small team, and somewhat confusingly in places displays results for some who are no longer running. Consider what you see helpful, but advisory.

NJ Ballot Initiatives

Two public questions appear on the ballot. Expansion of casino gambling in two additional counties -- presumably in north Jersey -- is question number one. Background information, arguments for and against, can be found at a variety of sites, including

The dedication of all gas tax revenues to transportation uses is the second question. Further information can be found at these sites

Monmouth County Candidates Forum

Candidates for Monmouth County Freeholder, Monmouth County Sheriff, and Monmouth County Surrogate will meet in a Candidates' Forum at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters on 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan.

Incumbent Republican Freeholders Thomas Arnone and Serena DiMaso face Democratic challengers Matthew Doherty and Brenda Sue Fulton. The race for Sheriff is between incumbent Republican Shaun Golden and Democratic challenger Jeffrey Cantor. In the Surrogate's contest, Democratic challenger Vincent Solomeno, III faces incumbent Republican Rosemarie Peters.

Information about the candidates is available on their party websites for the Democrats, and the Republicans.

This forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Monmouth County. Light refreshments will be served.

Voting Information From The County Clerk

The Election Division of the Monmouth County Clerk's office has a new website with helpful information about how to register, where to vote, election results, voting by mail, and many more topics, including how to contact the office for further information or answers to questions. Also available are any forms necessary, with details on where to send them.

You can find them here.

This is the League ...

The League of Women Voters is a pre-eminent source for voter service education and has provided nonpartisan information to New Jerseyans for 90 years. As a grassroots organization the League works to build participation in the democratic process and educate the public on key community issues.

Come join us!