The deadline to register to vote is today, October 18. If you are currently living in Hoboken, please make sure you are registered to vote at your current address. Registering is simple; it can be done online or by mailing in a paper form. Just go to the Hudson County website here: https://www.hudsoncountyclerk.org/elections/voter-registration/
Voting is easy, and there are three ways to vote! If you like the experience of voting at a ballot machine, then the ballot machines are open at your local polling location on November 8 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is also early voting at ballot machines that runs from October 29 to November 6 at Hoboken City Hall.
If you prefer the convenience of Voting By Mail, or are unsure if you’ll be able to make it to a ballot machine before 8pm on November 8, make sure you fill out a Vote By Mail Application and return it by November 1.
As a naturalized citizen, my mother took the right and duty to vote very seriously, and she instilled in me the importance of voting. I recall fondly the times she took me with her to vote at the ballot machines. Now I make sure I explain to my children the importance of voting and show them how to vote.
Many feel that their vote doesn’t matter, but local elections can be decided by just a handful of votes. Local elections can directly impact your daily life, and certainly have a very real impact on our community. Our representative democracy depends on informed citizens voting for their choice of elected representatives, as well as citizens stepping up to run for office. I’ve done my part. Now I’m asking you to make sure you are registered and vote in the upcoming election. Our community is counting on you.
Leslie Norwood is a candidate for Hoboken Board of Education on November 8.