New Jersey Senatorial Primary – Was it Too Hard to Vote? [POLL]
I’m not surprised about the report that turnout "very poor" for yesterday's rainy senatorial election.
Don’t blame it on the rain. Blame it on a few things:
Number 1: the fact that whenever we hear how far ahead a given candidate is, we say, “oh, what the hell’s the use of me voting?”; virtually assuring a win for the frontrunners.
Number 2: Possible “voter fatigue” over the fact that there will be a special senatorial election in October, and you’ll be called upon to vote yet again.
Number 3: you don’t like the choices, and think it’s the “same old, same old!”
And then, if you’d like, blame the rain.
“The turnout is very poor, and the rain is only making it worse,” said Erlene Tiller, working the polling station at School 11 in Jersey City.
Another polling worker at School 11, who chose to remain anonymous, said that “since we opened (at 6 a.m.) barely 10 people have walked through that door.” She made the comment around 11:30 a.m.
In Bayonne, poll workers at the Fire Museum on 47th Street shared similar sentiments, stating that the rain was a major contributing factor to the sluggish turnout.
The Weehawken Public Library was also employed as a polling site for yesterday’s primary elections. After the rain let up in the afternoon, business started to pick up.
Weehawken voter Iraida Martinez wouldn’t disclose her pick, but said: “I vote because I want the best for this country.”
Fellow Weehawken resident, Gunther Heinert, said he was a Republican. “I’m here to participate in the election and I think I can make a difference for voting for my party,” he said.
I had a similar experience at my usual polling location.
I was number 9!
And it comes as no shock that the frontrunners won in their respective races.
Newark mayor Cory Booker vs. former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan for the special senatorial election to be held in October.
The one the Governor feels is worth spending a few million bucks so that the people can have the representation they deserve in the Senate.
Instead of waiting for the general election; saving you another trip to the polls, and us the few million bucks.
Given all of that, will you bother to vote in the special senatorial election in October; knowing full well what's a stake?