Moving ALL elections to November?

12/31/2009:

This would make complete sense in cash-strapped Hoboken, NJ – but I have a doubtful feeling about the whole situation…

Moving Municipal elections to november in New Jersey NJ Hoboken

NJ Senate debates election dates…

Not sure if you’ve been paying attention to what’s transpiring in the New Jersey Senate.. but a bill has been floating around about moving the so-called “non-partisan” municipal elections to the same date as the “general” election (second Tuesday of November).

However, since the bill’s introduction – the state government has curiously installed population restrictions on the damn bill!!

On introduction – the bill included ALL non-partisan municipalities in the verbiage – however, it’s been changed to “municipalites with populations under 10,000.”

On NJ Municipal Elections:

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

WTF?

Obviously, the NJ Governmental “power brokers” in the state added this language to exclude influential municipalities such as Hoboken, Jersey City, and more. What do you think their motive was? This move would be a “WIN-WIN” for us – less money spent on police, more voters coming out, and more. But some political douchebag had to throw a wrench in the whole process…

You cannot win in New Jersey!

Leave a Reply

8 Comments on "Moving ALL elections to November?"

jc5201
Member
jc5201

This bill passed and all 86 municipalities that have May elections can move them to November by passage of an ordinance, if they so choose. May elections help machines like our current majority. I wonder what they’ll do.

truth1
Member
truth1

Yes, let’s see what our council does? With the current economic news, I now lean towards the Nov. elections to get the whole show over with. In Hoboken, it should not favor the machine. Look at what Mayor Zimmer and her team did. The did not expend the sums that othere did. Just food for thought.

In response to jc5201 who said:
This bill passed and all 86 municipalities that have May elections can move them to November by passage of an ordinance, if they so choose. May elections help machines like our current majority. I wonder what they’ll do.

plywood
Member
plywood

I’m afraid. We must be in REAL trouble if Trenton is starting to float sensible ideas that eliminate pork and actually can save money.

hobokendave
Member
hobokendave

It will save money.

More people will vote in local elections.

We always wind up having two elections for mayor and council, so municipalities with non-partisan elections can have a “open primary” type election in early Sept with the top two candidates for each office facing off in Nov.

The change would definitely shake things up.

truth1
Member
truth1

Correction: representatives in post 1.

truth1
Member
truth1

It sounds good for economic reasons; however, will it favor big machine politics who can raise the money to cover all bases? In any event, I believe that an enlightened public is the only way to elect capable and honest rerepsentatives. Keep informed, get involved and take action to improve our quality of life by electing responsible candidates.

jc5201
Member
jc5201

Municipal elections in May favor the machine because they rely on their people coming out and others staying in. More people come out for November elections because they’re more popular and more publicized. Why make it more difficult and expensive to vote? This is common sense.

It’s a shame our “reformers” aren’t pushing for this.

In response to truth1 who said:
It sounds good for economic reasons; however, will it favor big machine politics who can raise the money to cover all bases? In any event, I believe that an enlightened public is the only way to elect capable and honest rerepsentatives. Keep informed, get involved and take action to improve our quality of life by electing responsible candidates.

camel2
Member
camel2

The reformers are on vacation!

In response to jc5201 who said:
Municipal elections in May favor the machine because they rely on their people coming out and others staying in. More people come out for November elections because they’re more popular and more publicized. Why make it more difficult and expensive to vote? This is common sense.

It’s a shame our “reformers” aren’t pushing for this.

wpDiscuz