2019 Nov 6th

Pathetic and Apathetic Turnout in Hoboken Elections

About 1,800 people voted for the City Council in Hoboken yesterday.  That’s right, 1,800.  Out of a city of over 65,000.  Slight more voted for the school board candidates.  That is just a crying shame.  I would have thought by now, with people paying millions for their condos, they might have an interest in who and how their city is run and how their kids are educated.  Clearly, I am mistaken.  With the highest property tax rates in the country, and an extremely educated populace, where is the concern?

  1. Linda

    Those are scary statistics. I would have thought also that the number would have been higher especially in this highly polarized political environment that folks would have gotten out there and voted to make sure their voices are heard. The local elections are even more important since they effect the residents directly.

  2. MO

    While turnout was low it’s more than 1800. Perhaps 1800 in your ward? More in the whole city

  3. Lori

    Look at the individual election result numbers and total them by ward.

    With 100 percent of the districts reported, the unofficial results are:

    1ST WARD
    Michael DeFusco – 844 (66.14%)
    Migdalia Pagan-Milano – 430 (33.7%)

    2ND WARD
    Tiffanie Fisher – 872 (53.4%)
    Nora Martínez DeBenedetto – 760 (46.54%)

    3RD WARD
    Ronald Bautista – 408 (32.38%)
    Michael Russo – 846 (67.14%)

    4TH WARD
    Ruben Ramos Jr – 623 (61.62%)
    Lisa Sprengle – 387 (38.28%)

    5TH WARD
    Phil Cohen – 794 (52.03%)
    Timothy Crowell – 392 (25.69%)
    Nicola Maganuco – 334 (21.89%)

    6TH WARD
    Cristin Cricco Powell – 546 (44.5%)
    Jennifer Giattino – 633 (51.59%)
    Frank Rosner – 48 (3.91%)

    They were incredibly low in every ward. So let’s be optimistic – 2,000 voter in a city of over 65,000. Still shameful by any measure.

  4. MO

    The math above is off. You can only vote in one ward (although you never know this is Hoboken after all). The #;s above don’t include the VBMs either. So the real # is 9,000 , not 1,800. Without a major federal or state election these #’s are still low, but perhaps not as shameful as some may believe. How does it compare to prior ward elections? Is it really any worse than 2015 2011 etc?

  5. RK

    How are you getting 1,800 from these numbers? Also: comparison should be to registered or eligible voters, not total population.

  6. L

    The point remains the same – the vast majority of people in Hoboken who could vote, don’t.

  7. Roy

    Why would I vote when all candidates are left leaning and don’t distinguish themselves from one another? I can’t think of anything dumber to be fighting over than a rooftop public pool.

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