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Absentee Ballots Could Change Outcome of School Board Race

Election day is over, but the results could still change. The Hudson County Board of Elections received 1,875 vote by mail ballots that have yet to be counted.

The polls have closed, but Hoboken's elections may not be over yet.

According to the Hudson County Board of Elections, 1,875 vote by mail ballots were received and are yet to be counted, according to the board clerk Michael Harper.

Due to Sandy, the ballot receipt deadline was moved to November 19, Harper said.

Because of that extention, Harper continued, "the board will not be releasing vote by mail tallies untill November 20th."

A total of 2,824 vote by mail ballots were requested from Hoboken. Some more may come in, according to Harper.

The three Kids First candidates received a majority of the votes on Tuesday, beating all three Move Forward candidates on the machines. 

"The vote by mails are scary," said Ruth McAllister, one of the Kids First candidates at their victory party at Court Street.

Harper said that by the end of the week, he should know more about the email votes by those who have been displaced. "Those tallies will probably be released along with those of the traditional vote by mails," Harper said.

The county also received a large amount of provisional votes, Harper said. The provisionals will be opened and tallied at an open public meeting. This will likely happen before Thanksgiving, he said.

The Kids First slate was made up of McAllister, Tom Kluepfel and Jean Marie Mitchell and backed by Mayor Dawn Zimmer. On Tuesday, Kluepfel earned a total of 3426 machine votes, Mitchell received 3223 votes and McAllister took 3498 votes.

The other slate in Tuesday's elections was Move Forward, made up of candidates Anthony Oland, Felice Vasquez and Liz Markevitch.

Oland received a total of 2512 votes, Markevitch got 2844 votes and Vazquez got 2488 votes. Independent Patricia Waiters got a total of 987 votes.

As far as the three public questions go, it seems that eliminating the run offs and moving the elections to November will not be overturned.

While rent control was upheld by a difference of roughly 500 votes, it's still unclear if the vote by mail ballots will have an effect on the outcome of Public Question no. 2.

DaHorsey, SmartyJones of MSV November 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM
MSV will have more analysis on the Vote-by-Mail votes. As others have said, a presidential election turns out a far higher total via this voting method but after the elections in the vast majority of NJ moved to November including Hoboken, the Old Guard embittered by what they knew would be greater turnout, amped up their illicit paper ballot machine operation. MSV can say it will exceed the hundreds generated for the Tim Occhipinti campaign in 2010 but we're not willing to say it will overturn the results on the machines for the BoE race. Here's a midnight meeting when exposure of that operation was being uncovered: http://www.hobokenhorse.com/2010/10/grist-for-mill-midnight-monday-meeting.html MSV covered "the anomaly"in that race both before and after the election. Blue Jersey did a story on it as well: http://www.bluejersey.com/diary/17072/voter-fraud-alleged-in-hobokens-4th-ward-race Inflationary pressures have seen the paid 'campaign workers' get $50 reportedly for their vote, up from $40 in the Hoboken Housing Authority. Other areas may be included as well. They typically get more in the range of $75. (Isn't that discriminatory?) Until the Feds or the NJ Attorney General steps in and starts handcuffing them, the Old Guard is intent on keeping voter fraud alive!
Geoff Vincent November 10, 2012 at 08:01 PM
People who have never worked as journalists tend to seriously misunderstand their jobs. They can't possibly investigate everything to the level some readers might like. If you really want more coverage, start paying more for your news (or paying at all in the case of Patch and NJ Spotlight), click on the links on sites like this and start supporting nonprofits like the ACLU that protect their (and your) rights.
InfotainMe November 10, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Everybody knows, Geoff. Even Patch. http://hoboken.patch.com/articles/occhipinti-paid-550-campaign-workers-40 Patch & the Hoboken Reporter will report some of the information that makes everyone roll their eyes once the final tallies are in. But actual cross-referencing from the VBM lists to the ELEC reports showing who got $40 "to work" will only be done by bloggers. CuriousGal is already tipping their hand concerning how obscene it will be *this* time by preemptively attacking the GOTV efforts of Kids First and anyone who dares to suggest VBMs are abused to buy elections. As if people who care about the city were supposed to be out chasing votes last week while the city was under siege. That's how it's been. I wish the ACLU cared about it.
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