Referendum Will Ask to Consolidate Elections

The Hoboken City Clerk approved 1,800 signatures recently. The question to move municipal elections to November and eliminate a run off will be on the ballot in November.

Hoboken City Clerk Jimmy Farina certified , thereby putting the question of moving elections to November on the ballot in the upcoming election. 

If both initiatives are passed by the voters this November, Hoboken’s next municipal elections—when Mayor Dawn Zimmer is op for reelection—will be held in November of 2013 instead of in May. There will also be no run-off elections any more, changing the system to a "winner takes all" model. 

If voters choose to move the Hoboken Municipal elections to November, all future local elections will be held during November general election dates.

FranzZimmer August 29, 2012 at 08:12 PM
This is a good idea the only downside is when the Zimmer machine loses they're going to start complaining about this move. With the recent lawsuit about the Zimmer bloggers it should turn people's heads and wake them up. It will be a very close election this time, my hopes are Dawn, Carol, David and Ravi all lose, then get this city moving finally in the correct direction.
ThisMeansWar August 30, 2012 at 09:55 AM
This tawdry little attempt to use the courts as a House Un-American Activities Committee to silence criticism through intimidation and fear of reprisal will be long forgotten by the 2013 elections - apart from the permanent damage to its various sponsors. Alas for your sad hopes. Once again the 24/7/365 campaign has not thought through the possible consequences of its anti-democratic powerplays before setting them in motion. Morons.
Hi September 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM
The OLD GUARD politicos according to press reports are involved in so much infighting as to who among them " has the least amount of negatives" to attempt a run at being mayor that they may actually be in favor of moving the elections until November just to give them more time to fight each other to see who is top dog (pun intended). :-)
Scott M. Siegel September 03, 2012 at 09:41 PM
We have to be practical. If no candidate wins a November election, the runoff would be in mid December with miniscule voter participation. Maybe that is what Capt. Kirk hopes.Plus that is the way the BOE has always been run and no one has ever complained about that.
oldguard September 10, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Montclair had a non-partisan committee look into moving municipal elections to fall. They voted 8-1 against the move. Among some of the interesting observances - the large fall-off of vote totals from the top election item (Pres or Governor) with the secondary (assembly) and tertiary (referendum) items. So maybe instead of just saying that there will be 24,000 people who come out to vote, we look at how many vote on the secondary or tertiary items on the ballot. I hardly see 1,800 signatures as a mandate for anything. Regardless of what FAP claims.


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