I first want to extend a huge congratulations to Ailene McGuirk, Tom Kluepfel and Malani Cademartori in being elected (and re-elected in the case of Tom) yesterday to the Hoboken Board of Education! We have seen so much progress and increase in enrollment in our public schools over the last several years, and at the direction of our Superintendent Dr. Christine Johnson. And I am 100% confident that Ailene and Malani will only add to the efforts that Tom and the rest of our Board have championed. The future of Hoboken district schools never looked brighter!
Yesterday we saw a record voter turnout for Hoboken – although I don’t have the final count, we expect the total number to be over 20,000 voters! These are crazy numbers!!!! There were ~18,389 machine votes, ~1,471 vote by mails so far, and I am ball parking provisionals to be at around 400-500 city-wide based upon what I witnessed on Election Day across multiple polling locations.
This is more than double the last 2014 midterm anchored then by Senator Booker, 25% higher than last year’s Governor/Mayor race, and 80% of the total turnout in the 2016 presidential race which was record highs.
And within these numbers 14,607 of you voted for the Hoboken Municipal Question – Do we want to bring back runoffs to our election? This number is almost as many people as voted in our mayor/council election last year. And 73% of you voted "Yes"!
Yesterday was an amazing election for Hoboken, for New Jersey, and for our country because of how many people participated. The many people who made the personal sacrifice to step up and run for office. And the record setting numbers of people who came out and exercised their civic right and voted. Please consider sending a note or message to any candidate you identified with and thank them, especially those who did not come out on top, because they wanted to serve, they were brave and they gave us choices which makes us a democracy.
And... although I know people had mixed experiences, I do want to thank all of our poll workers. It is a grueling long day which starts at 5:15 am and ends at 8:15 pm. Yes, they get paid $200, but I can tell you many of them come out to be part of the civic process. And this year I was heartened to hear so many more positive experiences (other than long lines) than negative ones. We always need more people so if you are interested, just let me know and I would be happy to help connect you with the right person for the upcoming year.
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I am so proud of our community. Hoboken votes! It's what we do.