Moved away? Zimmer wants your vote!
UPDATE: Campaign against voter fraud underway
Deliberate efforts by Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegedly illegally operating “Move Hoboken Ahead” PAC to recruit former Hoboken residents to vote illegally are being met with resistance. Check out this sandwich board sign sending a loud and clear message near the entrance for the 4-2 and 4-3 polling districts.
Concern about voter fraud grew this week on word Zimmer’s slate brought in more out-of-state campaign operatives. Candidates who have not been endorsed by the Mayor know Zimmer’s angriest and most hateful supporters will stop at nothing to ensure a victory today for their “Queen Bee.”
Original story from May 7, 2011:
Mayor recruits FORMER Hoboken residents to vote illegally
Historically, the easiest method of New Jersey voter fraud is also the easiest to get away with. Since no ID is required to vote, anyone can walk into a polling place, give a name and address and vote on the machines even if they have long since moved away. Hoboken is a transient city. People move here, register to vote and move away, but their names stay on the voter books for many years after they move.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her Move Hoboken Ahead PAC know this.
Hoboken411 has learned they’ve launched a concerted and unprecedented effort to convince former Hoboken residents to come back for Election Day and vote for their candidates.
Zimmer’s candidates mail and robo-call EX-Hobokenites
Normally, when candidates send campaign mail to the original Hoboken addresses of registered voters who moved away it gets returned by the post office with sticker noting the new address of the former resident.
Honest campaigns use this information to remove the ex-Hobokenites from their lists, saving them postage and printing costs for future mailings.
Dishonest campaigns take note of the new non-Hoboken addresses and mail them fliers believing there is still a shot they may come back to Hoboken to vote for their candidates.
Hoboken411 first learned of this when several people who had moved out of town began emailing and posting their bafflement over how they were getting robo-called on new, non-New Jersey phone numbers for Zimmer’s failed slate of Board of Education candidates. This is just one example:
“So first I got mailings and calls for the school board election and now the mailings and calls are coming fast and furious for the council election… at my new home in Brooklyn New York!!! Addressed to my Brooklyn address and calls made to my 347 number ( I know, the indignity of a 347 number)… this is absurd! I am no conspiracy theorist but this is starting to smell rotten to me… how can they be calling and mailing out of Hoboken, let alone out of of state!”– Ex-Hoboken Voter “Nick Adams” still on the rolls
First proof of what Zimmer’s campaigns have been suspected of
While Dawn Zimmer tries to put an innocent-looking face on her campaign efforts, the real people calling the shots for her have no scruples when it comes to winning at all costs. People like former Councilmen and current political operatives Michael Lenz and Tony Soares have an old-school machine attitude of winning by any means necessary. This nearly ended Zimmer’s fledgling career in 2007 when former Councilman Chris Campos alleged widespread voter fraud on the part of Zimmer and her campaign team.
Among the charges: several people who moved out of Hoboken came back to vote for Zimmer in 2007. Zimmer chose to step down from her council seat and run in a new election rather than see supporters who had moved out of Hoboken (and voted) face a deposition under the threat of perjury.
The Curious Case of Glen Ridge Doug
In May 2009, former Zimmer campaign manager Doug Snyder made headlines when he was accused of trying to vote for Zimmer in the 4th Ward.
Snyder – who had earlier made a deceitful run for Democratic District Committee despite knowing full well he planned to move to Glen Ridge – was spotted by a certified Challenger approaching a table in an apparent attempt to vote. When he was challenged, Snyder left the polling place. Once the story made it to the local newspaper, the Zimmer campaign claimed Snyder was a “credentialed pollworker” which was impossible because credentials are not given to non-Hudson County residents unless they lie about their residency. Snyder denied he attempted to vote. Now Snyder has given $500 to Move Hoboken Ahead in apparent violation of the PAC’s claim they only accept money from Hoboken residents.
Outside voters at the polling place during Occhipinti vs. Lenz
Last fall, a highly concerted effort was made by the Tim Occhipinti campaign to identify as many non-Hoboken residents still in the voting books as possible, especially in the Mayor’s home 4-2 district. Zimmer sent her taxpayer-paid confidential aide Dan Bryan in as a challenger for Mike Lenz, but he didn’t challenge a single voter.
All he did was act as a “cheerleader” for Lenz’s ally Lynda Walker, who – along with her daughter – had control of the poll and were purposefully moving voters through faster than Occhipinti’s challengers could check their status. As lines of voters formed in the evening rush, all efforts were made by the planted Lenz campaign operatives to push as many people through without regard to their legal voting status. The county was alerted and changes were made after an hour of acrimony, but nobody knows for sure how many fraudulent votes were placed before things settled down. Occhipinti easily defeated Lenz on the voting machines anyway.
What does it all mean? Why should I care?
What this means is – while certain operatives for Lenz, Zimmer and their associates have been throwing up baseless, red herring charges regarding Vote By Mail efforts, Zimmer’s Board of Ed candidates and Citywide PAC have been recruiting and encouraging fraud by actively and deliberately promoting their candidates to voters they know no longer live in Hoboken.
The questions now: How many of the thousands of former Hoboken residents still on the voter rolls have Zimmer’s candidates mailed fliers to? How many have gotten multiple robo-calls to out-of-state phones? How many will vote next Tuesday, and will it be enough to swing some of the close races to Zimmer’s candidates?