Will we have a “fair” election?

11/6/2007 2PM update:

4th & Jackson: “Supporters for both Campos and Zimmer going at it”….

11/6/2007 “Halftime Report:

You might want to listen in on the live police scanner today just in case some crazy incidents break out.

Was away from the “office” for a while today, and haven’t heard much, with the exception of one “argument” or “possible assault” that someone phoned police about.

When officers arrived, they said it was nothing more than a “heated discussion” and is expected because “it’s an election”. Sounds watered down, along the lines of “Hoboken has always flooded when it rains”.

11/6/2007:

A dozen “deputy” Attorney Generals will be present in Hoboken today to make sure there’s a “fair election” by being “vigilant” against the “potential” for fraud.

What? Don’t they know there’s been “potential” for fraud since DAY ONE? What about “actual” fraud?

Not sure if they’re here just because of the statewide legislative election, and wonder how much visibility our teeny “special election” will get, if any. From the AP.

Control of legislature is at stake

hoboken-special-election-watchdogs.jpgCampaigning for the New Jersey Legislature entered its final hours Monday.

Voters on Tuesday will decide all 120 seats and whether to let Democrats retain legislative control; Democrats control the Assembly 50-30 and the Senate 22-18.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voter turnout is expected to be low. In 2003, the last time all 120 seats were up, 34 percent of voters cast ballots.

The state has 40 legislative districts, each electing two Assembly members and a senator. In all, 267 candidates are running for the 120 seats.

Most races aren’t expected to be competitive, since most districts favor either Democrats or Republicans.

The Senate battle between Democratic Sen. Ellen Karcher and Republican Assemblywoman Jennifer Beck in the 12th District, which spans Mercer and Monmouth counties, is the most expensive and contentious. The Assembly races in that district are also heated.

Karcher has raised more money than any other state candidate, according to the latest reports released by the Election Law Enforcement Commission. She’s raised at least $2.1 million, most from Democratic Party leaders, while her opponent, Republican Assemblywoman Jennifer Beck, has raised at least $333,000.

Karcher’s reports show that since Sept. 28 she’s spent about $1.6 million on ads, but Karcher’s has recently emphasized how she’s been touring the district meeting with voters to discuss issues “like reducing property taxes and continuing the fight for ethics reform.”

Beck said she may be outspent, but not outworked.

She has vowed to continue her “advocacy for lower taxes, lower spending and a school funding formula that is equitable to all children in New Jersey.”

Fierce races are being waged in the Assembly and Senate races in the 1st District, which includes Cape May and Cumberland counties; the 2nd District, which includes Atlantic City; and 8th District, which covers Burlington County.

The 14th District Assembly campaign in Mercer and Middlesex counties is also expected to be tight.

Attorney General Anne Milgram said about 450 deputy attorneys general will be working throughout the state on Tuesday to ensure a fair election and help county election officials resolve voting-related legal issues.

Milgram said the deputies will be assigned to all counties, with 44 assigned to the 29th Legislative District in Newark, where six candidates are running for the Senate and 10 for the Assembly. Twelve deputy attorneys general have been assigned to Hoboken, where a special council election is being held.

“We are committed to protecting the right to vote and the integrity of the election,” Milgram said. “There is no greater responsibility than ensuring fair elections. We will be vigilant in guarding against the potential for fraud and we will be on-call to resolve any potential issues regarding voting rights.”

The state has about 4.8 million registered voters out of about 8.7 million residents.

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41 Comments on "Will we have a “fair” election?"

Westsider II
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Westsider II

No election is perfect, but last Tuesday’s election was the closest the Fourth ward has seen in living memory. Both Campos and Zimmer (to their credit) called for monitors from the AG, and to the AG’s credit, they came and did a great job.The Board of Elections investigated all credible claims of non-residency, and likely substantially reduced the incedence of fraudulant voting.

Even the two previous elections in this cycle were far, far, better than the bad old days. Paid workers — on both sides — seemed to understand that they were expected to work for their pay. Absentee ballot concerns were mostly about if an extra pair of hands touched a SEALED envelope, not like the old days where both sides were commonly accused of filling out ballots. And except for a few made up charges, there was little physical intimidation.

As time passes things continue to improve on this front at least. But it’s worth reflecting what it was like in years gone by. It’s a far cry from years past.

Journey
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Journey

[quote comment=”52051″][quote comment=”51875″]The sample ballot that was sent to registered voters had all the public questions just as they were laid out in the voting booths. All anyone has do is read the sample ballot and the questions beforehand, and voting will only take an additional second or so.[/quote]

Yea MauMau…..IF you received one. I didn’t, and I know others who didn’t.[/quote]

My husband got one, but I did’t. But I had just done a name change with my voters registration in September…

The county has to get better at sending these out and posting the correct polling places.

MauMau
Member
MauMau

Sorry to hear about your loss.

Colonblow
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Colonblow

[quote comment=”51875″]The sample ballot that was sent to registered voters had all the public questions just as they were laid out in the voting booths. All anyone has do is read the sample ballot and the questions beforehand, and voting will only take an additional second or so.[/quote]

Yea MauMau…..IF you received one. I didn’t, and I know others who didn’t.

MauMau
Member
MauMau

I read a few comments during the day yesterday from posters who felt they were taking to much time in the booths reading the public questions, so they didn’t vote on them.

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