County Clerk’s Office reminds voters that tomorrow is last day to submit VBM application

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The Hudson County Clerk’s Office is reminding voters that tomorrow is the last day to submit a vote-by-mail ballot application for the November 3rd general election.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Friday, October 23, 2020 is the last day to submit a Vote-By-Mail application for the 2020 General Election for those who do not have access to their registered address because of travel or COVID,” said County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado.

He further stated that all applications must be received by the HCCO, located on the 4th floor of the Hudson County Plaza – 257 Cornelison Avenue in Jersey City – by 4:30 p.m.

Similar to the July 7th primary, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed an executive order permitting the general election to be conducted primarily via vote-by-mail ballots to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While President Donald Trump’s (R) campaign filed a lawsuit seeking to halt this order, a federal court judge dismissed that case earlier today, as The Record reported.

Although there aren’t a ton of tightly contested matchups in Hudson County, there are still a few of interest in Bayonne and Jersey City.

The Bayonne Board of Education race still has nine candidates seeking three, three-year terms, with the “Together We Can” team headed by Board President Maria Valado and Vice President Christopher Munoz.

They are joined by fellow educator and musician David “Doc” Watson.

Meanwhile, Trustee Michael Alonso is running with fellow Bayonne Republicans Michael Shatravka and Charles Shepard under the “Make Bayonne Great Again” banner.

Finally, the race is rounded out with former Trustee Charles Ryan running with newcomer Andrew Kim and Denis Wilbeck, Jr., the son of current Trustee Denis Wilbeck, Sr. Their team slogan is “Responsibility, Integrity & Care.”

As for Jersey City, the latest version of the “Education Matters” slate features Board President Lorenzo Richardson, Vice President Gina Verdibello, and Trustee Lekendrick Shaw.

They will go head-to-head with the “Change for Children” team, which consists of Asheenia Johnson, Sonia Cintron, and Karen Poliski. The six candidates are vying for three, three-year terms on the board.

Additionally, Ward D voters have the ability to select their council representative, currently occupied by Yousef Saleh, who was appointed in April after the late Michael Yun succumbed to complications from the coronavirus.

He faces competition in Leonard Gordon Park Conservancy Founder and President Patrick Ambrossi, attorney and activist Cynthia Hadjiyannis, retired firefighter Rafael Torres, and first time candidate Lenny Lambert.

There is also a ballot question in Jersey City, allowing voters to decide if the city should establish an arts and culture trust fund, an initiative backed by Mayor Steven Fulop.

Statewide, New Jersey residents will also have the ability to decide if marijuana should be legalized.