Municipal Elections Could Be Moved to November

A citizens committee has gathered 1,800 signatures to put the question on the ballot in a public referendum in November.

In addition to voting for president, senate and school board, Hoboken residents will have to decide if they want when they head to the polls this fall. 

On Wednesday, a petition of approximately 1,800 signatures was delivered to the Hoboken City Clerk's office by the Vote Yes For November citizens’ committee. 

When certified by the city clerk, the petitions will allow the people of Hoboken to decide this November when future municipal elections will be held.

If approved,

Currently, Hoboken's non-partisan , with a possible run-off election in June. 

Besides moving the elections from May to November, residents will also be asked if the run-off election should be eliminated. In the past, said member of the citizens committee Vijay Chaudhuri, the outcome of the run-off has always been the same as the outcome of the first round of elections. 

"It's extra money, extra time for something that’s not going to change," he said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

The change would mean a "winner take all system," explained Chaudhuri, similar to to the process of electing federal and state office holders.

"In theory, the runoff system is not a terrible system," Chaudhuri said. But, he continued, "in Hoboken it can be used to force a run off, to prevent the front runner from getting 50 percent and this is not the way it should work."

Fewer elections will also increase voter participation, Chaudhuri said, noting that in 2009, there were five municipal elections in a span of eight months.

With the initiative, the committee hopes to increase voter participation and make it easier to vote. The measure is also supposed to save roughly $100,000 a year.  

The Board of Education decided to move its elections to November, through a vote by the board. Those elections will take place on Tuesday, November 6.

The Vote Yes for November committee is a grassroots organization, said Chaudhuri. 

The committee is made up of residents David Denning; Sasha Conroy; Zoning Board member Phil Cohen; former council candidate Eric Kurta and Chaudhuri.

Chaudhuri said that people have responded positively to the suggestion.  

"By the time November rolls around," he said, "people will know and make an educated choice."

puzzledone August 20, 2012 at 05:55 PM
By zimmer appointed, you mean city council appointed and approved by unanimous vote of the city council, right? Also, where is the allegation of calling at work to harass someone?
puzzledone August 20, 2012 at 06:00 PM
This barely bears out a cogent thought. Will H411 be required to pay $2 million for everyone they smeared over time, because we know a lot of people will line up for that one. If I were a John Doe, I would defend myself because someone is trying to get $2 million from me. If the lawsuit were a cease and desist case, then the defense strategy may be a bit different, don't you think. As for the number of comments, why does quieting people help the problem. That just gives those who want to game the system the power to do so. I do agree with the IP rule, if you use multiple user names from one IP, there should likely be an inquiry. Also, new users should be checked to see if they are from computers that have accounts already associated with them.
Captain Kirk August 20, 2012 at 06:32 PM
She was a council majority, thus a Zimmer appointee by way of her council majority. She's "reform" all the way. It's one thing to be a hyper-partisan lunatic, that's bad enough, It's another to be one while you're also representing the city.
puzzledone August 20, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Got it. Does that make Al "Conflict of Interest" Arezzo, Maryanne "What Classes" Camporaele, Patrick "E-mail for sale" Ricciardi, John "Quarters" Correa all appointed by Mason, Occhipinti, Russo, and Castellano, and whoever their mayoral candidate will be? After all, those are the council memebers who allied with that side of the fence, so the logic is pretty much identical. I'm pretty sure they were all representing the city and failed to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. Also, you failed to answer about that whole "calling at work" thing.
pied piper August 21, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I thought the suit was filed by a couple- one of whom, freelances and the other, who just recently got a job after years of unemployment? They have endless money? or are you saying someone else is paying for their suit?


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