BREAKING: Hoboken election results are in; machine vote stands
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HOBOKEN -- After a 22-day wait, Hoboken election results were made final Wednesday, and reflected the same results as the machine vote on Nov. 6.

Due to Hurricane Sandy, votes were permitted by mail, email and fax for this election. Additionally, provisional ballot numbers were high and deadlines were extended to the Friday after the election. Mail-in ballots were still being accepted as of Nov. 19 by the bin-load. This led to weeks of uncertainty.

The three vacant Board of Education seats will in fact be filled by the mayor-allied ticket, Kids First, which consists of Tom Kluepfel, incumbant Ruth McAllister and Jean Marie Mitchell. These are the same projected winners from the Nov. 6 machine vote. But a close count between Jean Marie Mitchell and opposing ticket member Liz Markevitch could have overturned the results. Tom Kluepfel received a final count of 4,259, McAllister saw 4,216 and Mitchell 4,097. This put Mitchell only 78 votes ahead of Move Forward slate runner Liz Markevitch.

Three public questions were also decided, and remained in line with the machine vote results. Public question 2, which looked to remove rent control upon tenant vacancy, was unltimately voted down by a slim margin. The final vote count was 8,248 on the "no" vote and 8,196 on the "yes" vote.

As suspected, public questions 1 and 3, which seek to move municipal elections and eliminate runoff elections, were not overturned. Public question 1 to do away with run-off elections saw a 9,191 to 6,702 "yes" to "no" difference in votes, respectively. A staggering 10,419 voters said "yes" to moving municipal elections from May to November, while only 3,446 voters disapproved of the move.

The big winner is Mayor Dawn Zimmer, as all of her endorsed candidates and positions won. She will also remain in office until at least next November, when she is up for a vote.

All votes were certified as final by Hilda Rosario, supervisor of elections for Hudson County.

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WESTY
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November 29, 2012
CONGRATS TO RUTH, JEAN-MARIE AND TOM !

The STAGGERING vote count to move the municiple elections from May to November is a clear signal that Hoboken voters are rejecting the corrupt ways of the OLD GUARD politicos.
VoteHoboken
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November 29, 2012
It is nice to see that the good guys have finished first.

Kids First ran a clean, positive and low budget campaign and came out on top.

Hobokeneer
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November 28, 2012
"The big winner is Mayor Dawn Zimmer, as all of her endorsed candidates and positions won. She will also remain in office until at least next November, when she is up for a vote." You got that right!

The big losers are: Frank Raia, Ruben Ramos, Theresa Castellano, Michael Russo, Tim Occhipinti, Beth Mason, and Carmelo Garcia (who is likely to decide, like Frank Raia did, that it's just no fun to serve on the school board when you are in the minority, so why bother running for re-election, when you can get other folks to run for you).

ConvenientPolitics
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November 28, 2012
One question for all the Zimmer supporters. Would she be the mayor without runoffs? NOT! The hypocrisy of convenient politics is laughable.
HobokenLeaks
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November 28, 2012
You idiots keep thinking this is all about Zimmer. That's why you keep losing.
VoteHoboken
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November 29, 2012
I am of the opinion that one of Mayor Zimmer's strongest attributes is that it she has tried to base what she does on what is good for Hoboken.

DancingRudy
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November 28, 2012
I look forward to the Hoboken Reporter's coming in depth coverage of the significance of the election reforms that were passed overwhelmingly by Hoboken's voters presumably representing a huge victory for Jamie Cryan, Frank Raia, Mike Russo and Beth Mason given their commitment to letting the people decide.

The Reporter barely covered this issue prior to the election (other than some silliness in Al Sullivan's gossip column), leaving the 16,000 or so people who cast votes to obtain their information from other sources.

Now that the people have spoken perhaps this sea change in how we will be electing our leaders will be deemed worthy of some coverage.
HbKn
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November 28, 2012
The "BREAKING" is comical.