June 5, 2018

Mayor Bhalla Responds to Polling Place Issues

Hoboken, NJ - Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Hoboken Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla was alerted to irregularities at multiple polling place locations throughout the City this morning and immediately contacted the Hudson County Board of Elections to remedy the situation. The Board of Elections informed the Mayor that any residents who were not able to vote at their normal location can cast a provisional ballot at any other location.

“It was disappointing to learn that so many issues arose on a routine primary election,” said Bhalla, “but I appreciate residents who wasted no time in bringing this to my attention and the Board for being responsive. The ability to vote in a free and fair election is of paramount importance in a democracy.”

One example, according to the Board, is the Sky Club polling location (700 1st St.), which opened three hours late at approximately 9 a.m. due to machine malfunctions.

If a voter does choose to cast a provisional ballot, they are advised, as a precaution, to submit their name to the Board so their vote can be flagged to ensure it is counted correctly. The Board can be reached at (201) 369-3435 or at countyclerk@hcnj.us.

The Board should also be contacted for specific questions regarding which locations were affected and any other potential remedies. The Board, which oversees elections, informed the City they are exploring all remedies for disenfranchised voters.