Giblin

Giblin Sees Hybrid July 7th Primary Elections

“I think he should do a hybrid election,” veteran Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-34) of Montclair, a labor leader and former Democratic State Party chairman, told InsiderNJ when asked about what kind of process Governor Phil Murphy should apply to Primary Election Day.

The May 12th elections were all vote-by-mail (VBM).

“There were discrepancies in Irvington,” said Giblin (also in Paterson, Belleville and elsewhere). Based on what he observed of yesterday’s – often unresolved – results, the governor would be wise to open some polling sites, the assemblyman said. “The governor ought to give voters the option of going to the polls, and also allow voting by mail.” Reconfigure polling sites, maintain social distancing and step up best practices at the polls, Giblin suggested.

Coming out of May 12th Theater, Caputo Calls for Primary Election Hybrid

Veteran Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28) said the May 12th all-VBM election showed significant wrinkles, and as Governor Phil Murphy prepares to make an announcement regarding the process of the July 7th primary elections, the assemblyman gave his opinion.

“He’ll probably have a hybrid,” Caputo told InsiderNJ. “It will be combination: VBMs and polling places.”

The assemblyman did echo local woes in Belleville about the post office. “I think they have to work on their game,” the Nutley-based assemblyman said.

Report: One BurlCo Race too Close to Call

Unofficial results revealed high voter turnout in the Medford Lakes and Bass River elections.

For the full Burlington County Times story, please go here.

Wooten

Orange a Battle for Third Place At-Large Council Seat

Two at-large council seats appear secure in Orange but as of last night, one vote separated the two candidates battling for the third seat:

Adrienne Wooten (pictured): 1,053

Clifford Ross: 941

Weldon Montague: 577

Ed Marable: 576

The Curse of Factions – Paterson Style

Stained by a street fight in the lead up to Election Day, Paterson’s Second Ward is still unresolved.

“As far as the 2nd Ward it’s a real shame that the entire Bangladeshi community will get smeared with the actions of a few,” said Passaic County Freeholder Assad Akhter. “It’s something I always remember Congressman Pascrell telling me – the worst fights in Paterson aren’t between different ethnic groups against each other – it’s factions within the SAME ethnic group pitted against one another.”

Akhter

Akhter: ‘No One Knows Election Law and Procedure Better than…Currie’

As the Passaic County Board of Elections (BOE) resumes counting today with over 800 ballots impounded and Ward 3 Council candidate Alex Mendez and his allies crying foul, Passaic County Freeholder Assad Akhter defended BOE Commission Chair John Currie.

“They can spin whatever conspiracy they want, but no one knows election law and procedure better than John Currie and the record of the Elections Division is unblemished,” Ahkter told InsiderNJ.

Paterson: Where to Start? The Ballots or the Street Fights?

A Paterson source didn’t know what to say Wednesday morning with the city still hanging like an 8.7 square mile chad, its immediate elections legacy scarred by men with bats in the street and bound ballots in a Haledon mailbox.

Oh, yeah, and COVID-19 continues to assail the high-density city.

“The fact that the ballots weren’t counted in a day should surprise no one,” said the source. “An impossible task considering the number of ballots and the difficulty of counting under a pandemic.”

Ridgewood Village Council: Reynolds, Coghlan-Walsh, Perron Top Votegetters

According to unofficial results, the three top votegetters in Ridgewood are Reynolds, Coghlan-Walsh, and Perron:

MAHMOUD H. HAMZA 1,654 1,654 0
LORRAINE REYNOLDS 2,440 2,440 0
PAMELA R. PERRON 2,119 2,119 0
BERNADETTE COGHLAN-WALSH 2,831 2,831 0
SERGIO ALEGRE 2,003 2,003 0
Write-In Totals 81 81 0

Garfield BOE: Barber, Bronte, Lio Win 3 Seats

The unofficial results in the Garfield BOE race show Barber, Bronte, and Lio the winners:

FRANK O. BARBER, Jr. 1,028 1,028 0
CARMIN V. BREONTE 935 935 0
DANE M. LIO 874 874 0
KENNETH CONTE 581 581 0
JULIO ANGEL QUILES 780 780 0
EVELYN SCOTT 753 753 0
Write-In Totals 97 97 0

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