Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Incumbents Joseph Cervieri and Harvey Sohmer easily beat their Republican challengers Tuesday.
The Fort Lee Borough Council will once again remain the same, all Democratic, after both incumbents won reelection Tuesday. In unofficial results and with an unknown number of absentee ballots yet to be counted, incumbent Councilman and current Council president Joseph Cervieri was the top vote getter, with 6,318. His running mate, incumbent Councilman Harvey Sohmer received 6,271 votes, both numbers easily enough to defeat Republican challengers Thomas A. Bennett and Peter B. “Mack” Campbell, who received 3,458 and 3,285 votes respectively. "I am glad that the voters of Fort Lee had the confidence in me to elect me to serve them for another three years," said Sohmer, who was first elected to the Council in 2008. "I plan to continue to …
Challengers Esther Han Silver, David Sarnoff and Holly Morell easily defeated John Bang, the only incumbent running for reelection to the Fort Lee Board of Education Tuesday. Candace Romba was the only candidate running for a one-year unexpired term.
The Fort Lee Board of Education will look markedly different next year, after voters in Fort Lee Tuesday overwhelmingly voted for the three challengers for three-year terms on the board over the one incumbent running. In unofficial results and absentee ballots yet to be tallied, Esther Han Silver received 2,562 votes, David Sarnoff received 2,415 and Holly Morell garnered 2,183. All three easily outpaced incumbent Bang, who received just 1,660 votes. The BOE announced in September that it had only one candidate who would appear on Tuesday's ballot to fill the rest of former board president Arthur Levine’s unexpired term, and he resigned from the board in August. Candace Romba was therefore the only name on the ballot to serve out the …
Republicans have conceded the senatorial seat to incumbent Robert Menendez.
As the ballots pour in from Sandy-ravaged New Jersey, Robert Menendez has emerged victorious in reclaiming his U.S. Senate seat against Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos. With just over half of polling districts reporting, state Republicans have conceded victory to Menendez. The U.S. senator leads 58 percent to 40 percent as of 10:30 p.m., according to CBS News. "Senator Joe Kyrillos ran a great campaign against very tough circumstances and despite the loss, his family, campaign team, and supporters should be very proud of their efforts," New Jersey Republican Chairman Sam Raia said in a statement late Tuesday night. "Joe represents the very best of New Jersey and has fought for his constituents faithfully from the day he took office and …
ACLU asks Superior Court judge to intervene, high volume of application requests extends deadline for email, fax ballots.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The deadline for electronic voting has been extended after email and fax ballots caused headaches Tuesday throughout the state. A high volume of requests overwhelmed county officials, including in Morris where the chairman of the Morris County Board of Elections told NJ.com it may take weeks to determine the outcome of some close local elections. Morris County issues began to surface on Monday when it was discovered some information on the county clerk's website directing voters not able to get to the polls was either inaccurate or misleading, NJ.com reported. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey also plans to file an emergency petition requesting a state Superior Court judge in Essex County to intervene to force the state to …
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The NJ News Commons has set up an NJ Voter Problem Hotline — 732-903-VOTE — which will be monitored continuously by students at Montclair State University during polling hours on Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The NJ News Commons, joined by news organizations across the state, is running a public service campaign to provide real-time voting information following the destruction of superstorm Sandy, and to monitor voting problems in the state. The NJ News Commons has set up an NJ Voter Problem Hotline — 732-903-VOTE — which will be monitored continuously by students at Montclair State University during polling hours on Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters with problems can also record their issues directly on a Crowdmap — NJVote.crowdmap.com — and our student operators will also map voting problems recorded on our hotline. NJ News Commons is also running a live blog — #NJVote — which will pull in the latest tweets, photos, stories and official …
Don't forget to vote! Find your poll location and ballot summary.
Do you know where to go to vote on Election Day 2012? If not, you can use the handy Google Voter Info embed above to find the location of your designated polling place. Simply enter the address where you're registered to vote. This tool's data has been updated to reflect changes that may have been caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Politicians said this election season was 'very difficult' because of storm.
After millions of New Jersey residents spent most of last week without power, gas, and even lost their homes, Tuesday’s general election was likely the farthest from their minds. But for politicians who have continued to campaign through the storm, the election has remained a focus. “It’s been a very, very difficult procedure because of the storm,” Essex County Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold said. Sebold is the Democratic chairwoman in Livingston and has helped local candidates with their own races. She said her candidates have struggled to reach voters as power outages have stopped their printer, in Irvington, from producing mailers. “I’ve never experienced anything like this ever, in all my years of being involved in politics…
Monday, November 5, 2012
A total of nine candidates are running in local elections—four for two seats on the Council, and five for four seats—three, three-year terms and one unexpired one-year term—on the BOE. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Fort Lee voters will go to the polls Tuesday, amid the continuing power outages, gas rationing and general sense of uncertainty Sandy left in its wake, with two Borough Council seats and three contested Board of Education seats at stake. Unlike in many Bergen County towns, where polling locations had to be moved or changed, all Fort Lee voters will vote where they normally do, although at least some of those polling places may have to be powered by generators. Republican challengers Thomas A. Bennett and Peter B. “Mack” Campbell are attempting to unseat Democratic incumbent Councilmen Harvey Sohmer and Joseph L. Cervieri, the current Council president. Related Coverage—Borough Council Race Fort Lee GOP Council Candidate Calls on Opponents …
Both parties also approve of governor's level of support for those more affected by Sandy.
Republicans will be mostly likely to benefit from a down voter turnout Tuesday in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, New Jersey political insiders believe. According to a Patch poll of state elected officials and party insiders, 15 of 22 Republican respondents believe voter turnout will be down slightly from where it would have been otherwise. Of 27 Democratic respondents, 26 expect there will be either a slight or sharp decline in turnout. "The areas likely to remain without power by Tuesday are predominantly smaller, suburban and rural communities that are typically Republican bases," one Republican respondent said. "Power restoration to urban areas, with higher Democratic concentration, seems to have been prioritized," the respondent …