Deputy City Clerk Jerry Lore said there are 37,281 registered voters in the city, an increase of roughly 2,000 voters from last year’s primary election.
According to the Hudson County Clerk’s office, 1,865 residents have requested mail-in ballots/absentee ballots – enough to possibly change the outcome, no matter what the machines say on Tuesday. Mail-in ballots are to be used when a resident cannot make it to the polls (or wants to avoid the trip) and instead submits their ballot via mail or dropoff by Election Day.
Well-oiled campaign machines often try to encourage seniors and others to vote this way for their candidate, and some campaigns have been investigated for doing so in questionable ways in past years. Usually, the biggest machines harvests the most "VBM" (votes by mail).
It's possible the winner of the six-way race will win with less than 17 percent of the vote. Until four years ago, local elections were held in May, and if no candidates achieved more than 50 percent of the vote, the city would hold a runoff election. Mayor Dawn Zimmer and supporters led a successful referendum five years ago to remove the runoffs. Now that her base is split against several candidates, her efforts may work against her.
Six people are running for mayor, 14 for council, and seven for school board.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. at the various polling locations spread throughout the city. To find your polling location go to http://hobokennj.gov/departments/city-clerk/voter-information/.