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Donald Trump votes, gets booed

New Yorkers know what’s up. This was a few minutes ago, as Trump voted in mid-town, getting atto-boys from some nearby construction workers but boos from his fellow New Yorkers on line to vote themselves. With the candidate, his wife Melania, Ivanka Trump…
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Governor Christie Changes Election Day Voting Procedures – Email & Fax Voting

This raises so many logistical questions …

Released today, from the Office of Gov. Chris Christie:

Christie Administration Announces E-Mail and Fax Voting Available to New Jerseyans Displaced by Hurricane Sandy

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Already Available to Military and Overseas Voters, State Opens Electronic Voting System to Make Voting More Accessible to Citizens Displaced by Hurricane Sandy and First Responders Assisting in Recovery Efforts

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Department of State has issued a directive today to county elections officials to permit New Jersey registered voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy to vote electronically. This directive also is intended to assist displaced first responders, whose tireless recovery efforts away from home has made voting a challenge.

“This has been an extraordinary storm that has created unthinkable destruction across our state and we know many people have questions about how and where to cast their vote in Tuesday’s election. To help alleviate pressure on polling places, we encourage voters to either use electronic voting or the extended hours at county offices to cast their vote,” said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. “Despite the widespread damage Hurricane Sandy has caused, New Jersey is committed to working through the enormous obstacles before us to hold an open and transparent election befitting our state and the resiliency of its citizens.”

To vote electronically, displaced voters may submit a mail-in ballot application either by e-mail or fax to their county clerk. Once an application is approved, the clerk will electronically send a ballot to the voter by either fax or e-mail in accordance to the voter’s preference. Voters must return their electronic ballot – by fax or email – no later than November 6, 2012, at 8 p.m.

Voters can download a  mail-in ballot application for their county here. A list of county clerk websites, phone numbers and fax numbers are available here.

Separate directives issued today enable displaced voters and first responders to vote by provisional ballot at a polling place in a county other than the voter’s county of registration. The deadline for county clerks to receive mail-in ballots has been extended to November 19, 2012, for any ballot postmarked on or before November 5, 2012. Mail-in ballots post marked later than November 5 will not be accepted.

County elections officials have also been directed to print a sufficient number of provisional and emergency ballots to accommodate voters.

Voters are encouraged to take advantage of extended office hours at county elections offices to cast their vote early and in-person.  Registered voters can obtain and cast their ballot in-person at their county elections office up until 3 pm Tuesday.  County election offices are to remain open, at a minimum, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm throughout the weekend, until November 5.  Voters that have a mail-in ballot and choose to deliver their ballot to the county elections office in person must present their completed ballot to their county elections office no later than the close of polls on Tuesday.

Information is also available by calling 1-877-NJVOTER.

Taking The Country Back ~ An Election Day Fashion Statement

Making a fashion statement at the polls isn’t always easy, so imagine my surprise when I made several this morning in Nutley!

Emerging From A Nutley Tanning, er, Voting Booth

Is my Union Jack a statement about taking my country back to a time when a tea party meant the possibility of burnt toast instead of burnt crosses?

Is this just another Downton Abbey moment “every day has trouble with an American?”

Or am I pretending to emerge from a tanning booth instead of a voting booth, this is Nutley after all.

I’m not telling! Now get out there and vote!  

Election Day Open Thread

UPDATE: Pulling this back up top so we can hear from some of our late-day readers. Polls close in 2.5 hours and some people who vote after work are trickling in, except for some hotspots where the trickle’s a little heavier. We’re hearing that some of the 35 robo-calls that Gov. Christie recorded are being used to call Democrats – to depress the vote. If you got any of these calls, in LD-18 or anywhere else, we’d really love to hear about it, in the comments.

What’s going on where you are?



votePolls are open until 8pm tonight. If you don’t know your polling place, find it here. If that doesn’t work, call your county clerk.

If you’ve already voted, call or email your friends and neighbors and remind them to do the same. Share your voting experience in the comments or send it in to tips@bluejersey.com. How’s turnout by you?

Know your rights: NJ Voters Bill of Rights.

Progressive Candidates: Every seat in both houses of the NJ legislature is up, and you can take that as a referendum on Christie’s governance if you want to. I’ll hold back from doing that because there are fewer clearly progressive choices than we want. Among them, two are in recently reconfigured districts. And that adds some strength behind two I’m particularly watching; LD-16 Marie Corfield & LD-11 Vin Gopal.

Battleground Districts: We’re watching Democrats running a defensive play in LD-38, with record-breaking spending in a district not redrawn in favor of the Democratic incumbents Bob Gordon, Connie Wagner and Tim Eustace. And the Jim Whelan-Vince Polistina Senate contest in LD-2. Live in either district? We’d love to hear how turnout looks where you voted.

Local elections: If we want progressive candidates to rise, building the bench at the local level is essential. Good luck to forward-thinking muni candidates.

After Election Day: Shifts in leadership are likely to come in both Houses, assuming Democrats retain majority. In the Assembly they may come as early as Thursday. Sheila Oliver has already scheduled a Democratic caucus to select leadership, swapping in Lou Greenwald for Joe Cryan on her leadership slate, a power play to slow the challenge to her leadership from Cryan, who distinguished himself this year by opposing the pen-ben deal that Oliver was essential to. In the lame duck session, the long knives are out for public education; they’ll call it ‘reform’.

Got pictures? Busy campaign office? Vols at the phones? Candidate and GOTV crews surrounded by empty pizza boxes? Send them in and we’ll post some of them later.

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Tomorrow Really Is Election Day

For those of us “in the trenches”, we look forward to the day, and welcome its closure for another year.

Guess we’ll all remember the power losses from the puny early snow fall which didn’t even get the dignity of a name like hurricanes do. However, it caused us much discomfort, and I’m so sorry to say even some deaths. In Teaneck we lost one elderly couple to a faulty kerosene lamp and subsequent fire. How sad and very preventable. We need a complete review by the BPU of the utilities’ responses in both this latest storm and the prior, “Irene”. I would also hope that localities will review their procedures in keeping in touch with the more vulnerable folks in each of their communities.

One of the fall outs of the storm (or perhaps a positive depending upon your viewpoint) we missed seeing many of those political TV ads, usually on the cable channels. Wonder if folks get rebates on that?

You’ve read lots here about the smear campaign run against Vin Gopal by Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angellini and Carolyn Casagrande. Very disappointing for me cause they both know better. Hard for a candidate to sometimes stand up to those professional consultants and staffers who try to talk one into these desperate moves, but when instincts tell you it’s wrong – it probably is. I sincerely hope voters will send a message by coming out strongly for Vin Gopal.

73%, 47%, 43% … 32%?

Update:  And the answer is … an all-time low of 26%. That’s just sad. -JG

New Jersey is unique in so many ways, not the least of which is our 4-year election cycle. Unlike most other states, which combine their federal and state races and take a break every other year, we have critical elections each and every year. But, unfortunately, we have a hard time keeping voters’ attention, so the cycle ends up looking like this:

  • Year One: the Presidential Year – even in years where the outcome is a foregone conclusion, voters will come out to register their choice. In 2008, NJ voter turnout was 73%.
  • Year Two: the Gubernatorial Year – one of only two states that elect their governor the year after electing a president, turnout drops off significantly, but there’s still pretty good participation. In 2009, NJ voter turnout was 47%.
  • Year Three: the Midterms – whether a referendum on the President, or the Congress, the midterms carry national attention, but never seem to draw the same voter participation. Despite the highly charged atmosphere in 2010, NJ voter turnout was only 43%.
  • And now Year Four: the Legislative Election – the entire legislative branch of government in our state is up for election – all 40 Senate seats, all 80 Assembly seats. And, what kind of turnout should we expect? Well, if history serves as a guide – in 2007, NJ voter turnout was a paltry 32%.
  • Well, now that THAT’s over

    While the local, state, national and (good lord) international media (everyone really, except NJTV) whipped itself into a frenzy during the last week over whether a first-term governor with no foreign policy experience could be the savior of the GOP by running for President of the United States, I decided to do something about this year’s actual race. I voted.

    That’s right – last Wednesday I filled out and sent in my Vote-By-Mail Application, which took about a minute to do. My ballot arrived on Saturday – just 3 days later. I filled out the ballot on Monday night, which took about 2 minutes (just because I read every instruction, to be safe). And, yesterday, I mailed it in. It really was that fast, and that easy.

    November 8, 2011

    When voters are given a choice between voting for a Republican, or a Democrat who acts like a Republican, they’ll vote for the Republican every time.

                                           – Harry S. Truman

    Some of the rhetoric needs to be dialed down, though at the culmination of a year in which the Governor of the State of New Jersey has vilified, attempted to humiliate, deeply disrespected professionals, and treated rank-and-file like their work, future and families don’t mean a thing to those of us they serve, some of that is forgivable.

    There will be change in the role and compensation of public workers. Some of it will be right, most of it will be wrong. Gov. Christie is destructive. He’s willing and perhaps eager to make his national reputation among a rightward-turning Republican Party at the expense of bedrock New Jerseyans, like teachers, firefighters, policemen, laborers. People with kids. People who pay taxes too.

    But this diary isn’t about him. We know what he is. In fact, New Jerseyans of all stripes know him better than Americans as a whole do. They’re still dazzled, we are increasingly disaffected.

    This diary is about the Democrats who legitimized Gov. Christie’s crusade to get New Jerseyans to distrust each other, and encourage a suspicion among us all that our neighbors and co-workers are cheating us, getting a bigger slab of our pie than they deserve. When in fact, the pie itself is being sold right out from under us to profiteers, privatizers and business interests with lives of cushiness unknown to most of us. While we’re encouraged to scrap with each other over scraps. It’s very effective.

    As Jeff pointed out very well yesterday, this crap has consequences.

    The risk to the Democratic Party is obvious. We are effectively divided. Republicans licking their chops. The forward-thinkers of this party no longer direct their intentions to the Republican governor. Now that heat turns to Democrats. People for whom the marriage equality fight is still vivid sense memory now have another reason to distrust too many Democrats who’ve sold their souls to a Governor with a stronger sense of mission than they have. The once-reliable ground troops of this party are demoralized and may not be there for some of you.

    That part’s fine. Some of you Dems don’t deserve it anymore. But the reality is that will spill over to local races. Control of the legislature is at issue, Christie’s said it. Huge risks for people affected by all kinds of issues Democrats should out front for. How do you think Democratic candidates for Congress feel about you right now? Sen. Bob Menendez, up for re-election in what may be a tough year, sure as hell let you know what he thinks.

    Every seat in the NJ legislature is up November 8, 2011. Some of you are going to have to look somewhere else for your grassroots support, for your shoeleather, and for your muscle. And you know what? Cry me a river.