Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: “TIME SENSITIVE – Relating to voting in upcoming 11/6 elections”
- IF YOU WANT TO OPT OUT of this, then you must do so in writing.
- If you want your opting out to be effective for the upcoming General Election on Tuesday November 6th, you must do so by this Friday, September 14th. Instructions are in the letter.
- If your opting out instructions are received after Friday, September 14th, the you will be just opting out of all future elections afterthe upcoming general election on November 6th.
- If you do not opt out or your notification to opt out is received too late, and you want to vote on Election Day this November 6th, you will not be able to vote in the machine. You will, however, be able to Vote by Mail OR submit a provisional ballot at your polling location on Election Day.
- If you applied for a ballot previously having checked the box that says all November General elections and still receive ballots. E.G. – you applied in 2015, and have received ballots for every November election since.
- If you applied in 2016, checked the box that says ONLY the November General election that year.
- If you applied in 2016, checked the box that says ONLY one of the elections (E.G. the primary) other than the November General election.
- If you applied in any other year (2017 or 2018 for example), and checked the box that says ONLY one election (whether November General or any others) that year.
- You will be able to apply for automatic and forever Vote By Mail when you register to vote. See Boxes 1 & 14 on the new application HERE.
- Your Vote By Mail Ballot can now be counted after closing of the polls on election day ONLY IF it was sent in the mail, postmarked no later than election day, and received no later than 48 hours later. This is a change – previously the Board of Elections had to receive your ballot no later than Election Day. For Hoboken, and others, this has the potential to have elections not decided until the Thursday following Election Day.
- U.S. Senate
- U.S. House of Representatives
- Hoboken School Board
- Hoboken Public Question – Yes/No: do you want to see election run offs reinstated (to ensure winning candidate receives at least 50%+1 of the vote).
To give you an order of magnitude, in 2016, 2,511 Hoboken voters were sent a Vote By Mail Ballot. Of these only about 1,800 actually voted by mail. BUT ALL 2,511 WHO RECEIVED A BALLOT THAT YEAR, plus any others who applied in 2017 and 2018 to receive ballots for all November General elections going forward, will now receive Vote By Mail Ballots for all elections going forward. Unless you OPT OUT in writing.