Do any of you recall the massive delays at the Hoboken voting locations during the last election?
Hoboken committee person Ravinder Bhalla (who’s also running for Council At-large in May), said:
“I’m initiating an effort to get more residents to apply and serve as poll workers, as one means of addressing problems related to unqualified poll workers. This is something that applies Citywide and I’d like everyone eligible in Hoboken to consider serving as a poll worker if interested.”
If you’re dismayed about the troubling lack of organization of professionalism at polling locations in Hoboken, I have been working with the Board of Elections to try to avoid this problem in the future. Here are my immediate recommendations to avoid this problem in the future: Read Ravi’s recommendations after the jump!
(How to volunteer at the polls this spring, continued…)
Serve as a Poll Worker on Election Day this Spring! We need dedicated and competent individuals administering the electoral process. One way to achieve this goal is to apply to serve as a poll worker. I believe it would be a wonderful civic experience and a way for you to provide a real contribution to our local community. I am attaching a District Boardworker Appointment Application that I received from the Hudson County Board of Elections. If you are interested in serving as a poll worker, please fill out the application. Please note the following:
If you are a Republican, send your application to Judy Mangine, Board of Elections, 595 Newark Avenue, 3rd Floor, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306; Ms. Mangine’s contact number is 201-795-6036;
If you are a Democrat, send your application to Priscilla Rosa, 595 Newark Avenue, 3rd Floor, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306; Ms. Rosa’s contact number is 201-795-6029;
If you are undeclared/unaffiliated, send your application to Judy Mangine;
Please note that the Board of Elections are understaffed on Republican poll workers – by law they must have an even number of Democrat and Republican poll workers at each location. If you are a registered Republican, I would particularly request that you consider applying;
If you submit the attached application in February, you will receive a response by March or early April;
For new poll workers, they would like to conduct their training session in April and try to have new poll workers in place by the May municipal elections;
Please contact me and keep me posted if you decide to apply and serve as a poll worker – thank you!
Polling location: We are also trying to determine whether there is a better polling location. The Board of Elections would like to consider moving the polling location to the Hudson Tea Buildings (this applies to Ward 2, District 3 only). If anyone has any thoughts about this issue or can suggest a more suitable polling location, please let me know.
Thank you very much for your interest in this issue.