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VBM vote still light in non-competitive Hudson races

By David Wildstein, May 12 2020 1:09 pm

Voter turnout in today’s all vote-by-mail election remains low in Hudson County, where Board of Education candidates in North Bergen and Weehawken are unopposed and where West New York has a ballot referendum.

As of noon, turnout is at 8% in North Bergen, 5% in West New York and 10% in Weehawken.

Turnout in the North Bergen school board election in 2019 was 10%.  It was 4% in Weehawken.

Incumbents Luis Diaz, Claudia Baselice and Kanaiyalal Patel are seeking re-election in North Bergen.

In 2018, a slate of school board candidates backed by Mayor/State Sen. Nicholas Sacco crushed their opponents by a 10-1 margin.  Voters picked out the three Sacco-backed candidates – all unbracketed on the ballot – out of 23 contenders.

In Weehawken, incumbents John Cannata and Noelberto Sanchez are running for re-election.  Richard Pinal is seeking the seat of Mark Denfeld, who is not seeking re-election.

Weehawken must also pick a replacement for Board of Education President Richard Barsa, who died last month of complications related to COVID-19.

Gov. Phil Murphy ordered local elections be conducted entirely by mail to reduce large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.  The election was originally set for April, but will now be held on May 12.

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