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Early voting in Bayonne to be held at City Hall

Ballots can be cast ahead of the May 10 Election Day on May 6, 7, and 8

Early voting utilizing new electronic voting machines purchased by the county from ES&S. Photo by Daniel Israel.

Early voting for Bayonne’s May 10 Municipal Election will take place in the Council Chambers in City Hall at 630 Avenue C, according to City Clerk Madelene Medina. This follows the council’s authorization of the practice through the adoption of an ordinance back in March.

Early voting will begin on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., continuing on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., before wrapping up on Sunday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be no voting on Monday, May 9. Then, normal voting will occur on Election Day on Tuesday, May 10.

Voters from all three wards will be allowed to participate in the early voting at City Hall. However, only those who are registered to vote in Bayonne may participate in the early voting.

Early voting before May 10

Bayonne held early voting for the first time ever for the General Election in November of 2020 at City Hall. However, that was for a period of seven days as opposed to the three days that will be available in May.

According to Medina, the city will use the new voting machines and equipment implemented by the county during the last election. Mail-in ballots will also be sent out to all approximately 40,000 registered voters in Bayonne.

In terms of counting the votes, Medina told the Bayonne Community News the county will come each night and retrieve the cartridges from the machines. Votes cast in the early voting period will be counted with those cast on Election Day.

Anyone who votes early on May 6, 7, or 8 will not be allowed to vote on Election Day on May 10. This is because they will have obviously voted already.

City Hall chosen as location

While the city had previously been looking to offer the early voting at the Bayonne Public Library at 697 Avenue C. The idea was that it is centrally located in the city with parking available, a previous polling place, and along a bus line.

However, the county and Medina ultimately agreed on City Hall, which is also in the center of the city, a previous early voting location, and along a bus line. Additionally, designated, short-term parking spaces for voters will be established in front of City Hall for May 6, 7, and 8.

City Hall is at 630 Avenue C, between 27th and 28th Streets. The Council Chambers are located inside City Hall on the ground floor of the building, immediately inside the main glass door entrance to the building.

The early voting process will be administered by Medina and her staff since it will be held in City Hall, and it will be run by poll workers employed by the county. Medina was recently appointed to another three year term as City Clerk at the Bayonne City Council’s April meeting.

Who’s on the ballot?

The offices up for election in the Bayonne 2022 Municipal Election are Mayor, Council Members At-Large, and Council Member for each of the First Ward, the Second Ward, and the Third Ward. Residents will have one vote for Mayor, two votes for At-Large candidates, and one vote for a ward candidate depending on their place of residence.

Incumbent Mayor James Davis is running for a third term with his “Team Davis” council ticket including: First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll; Second Ward City Council candidate Jacqueline Weimmer; Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa; City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez; and City Council At-Large candidate Loyad Booker.

Bayonne City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski is running for Mayor with her “Let’s Fix Bayonne Together” council slate consisting of: Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Jodi Casais and Executive Director of the Police Athletic League “KT” Kim Torello running for At-Large council seats; small business owner Julie Sanchez Lynch running for the First Ward council seat; real estate professional George Vinc running for the Second Ward council seat; and Board of Education President Maria Valado running for the Third Ward council seat.

Doctor and lawyer Mitchell Brown is also running for Mayor, without a council slate.

Also running for At-Large council seats independent of any slate are businesswoman Carissa Lintao and Board of Education Trustee Denis Wilbeck. Peter Franco is also a candidate for the Third Ward.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com. 

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