It’s Election Day

Polling places in New Jersey have opened for those of you who prefer to vote in person.  So far, in New Jersey, more than 3.5 million ballots have been cast via Vote-by-Mail or by using the voter drop boxes in each municipality, usually placed at municipal buildings.  This represents 90 percent of the total votes cast in the Garden State during the 2016 Presidential election.

Nationwide, more than 95 million early ballots had already been cast by Monday according to the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida.  This represents a record, with 69 percent of all the entire voter turnout from four years ago…a day before this year’s election.

The early surge in mail-in-ballots and early, in-person voting prompted by the coronavirus pandemic being the obvious reason.  To date, more than 230,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19, and the number of cases continues to spike in states all across the country, with more than 40 states trending in the wrong direction.

Many states will not have complete election results tonight.  For example, Pennsylvania won’t even begin counting their mail-ins and drop box ballots until later today.  Pennsylvania represents one of a number of key, battleground states which will ultimately decide this Presidential election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

In Hudson County, if you plan to vote in person today on a provisional (paper) ballot mandated by the state, the polls will remain open until 8 o’clock tonight.  They opened at 6 am.  To find your polling location, please click here: https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check.

Vote-by-Mail ballots can be submitted up until 8 pm tonight at the designed, secure ballot box(es) in your municipality.  If placed in the mail, a Vote-by-Mail ballots must be postmarked no later than today, Election Day, November 3.  Vote-by-Mail ballots can also be submitted to a voter’s designated polling location today, no later than 8 pm.

For questions about voting by mail, please call the Hudson County Clerk’s office at 201-369-3470 (extension 6). For inquiries, complaints or problems on Election Day, please call the Board of Elections at 201-369-3435.

Aside from the Presidential race, voters in Hudson County will be voting for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Cory Booker, where Republican Rik Mehta is challenging him; the three U.S. House of Representative seats; the County Freeholder Board, which will be renamed the Board of Legislators come January 1st; some municipal Council seats; Boards of Education and statewide ballot questions on marijuana legalization, if peacetime veterans should get property tax deductions and whether legislative redistricting should be postponed when the census data is delayed.

Remember, if you have yet to vote, do so.  It is our right as Americans and your obligation to participate in our Democratic process!!!  If you don’t vote, don’t complain.

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