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Mayor Zimmer vetoes runoff election referendum late on Friday

The Hoboken City Council approved an ordinance allowing for voters to consider runoff elections in a November referendum.

HOBOKEN — At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, the council voted 7-2 to host a referendum in November of 2018 to possibly bring back runoff elections.
Until 2012, if several candidates ran in a mayor or council election in Hoboken, and no one got more than 50 percent, the top two vote-getters would compete in a final runoff. Ultimately, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her supporters said the system was too costly and led to too much political wrangling, and supported a public referendum that did away with runoffs that year.
But after this year’s six-way mayoral election, in which Mayor-Elect Ravi Bhalla won with 32.7 percent of the vote, the majority of the City Council (who backed the other candidates) voted 7-2 on Wednesday to hold a new referendum next November.
However, late on Friday, Mayor Zimmer vetoed the measure. Councilman Michael DeFusco said on Twitter that he’d reintroduce it in 2018.
For more on this and other stories, see this weekend’s print edition of the Hoboken Reporter, or come back to hudsonreporter.com starting Sunday.

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