While early voting in West New York was not wildly popular, approximately 3,000 ballots are likely to be case before Election Day.
1,178 people voted early and about 1,650 vote-by-mail ballots had been tallied as of roughly 4 p.m., according to Hudson County Board of Elections Clerk Michael Harper.
Whether or not this means regular voters have already come or if turnout will be considerably higher than usual remains to be seen.
As of January, West New York had roughly 24,000 registered voters, though it is extremely rare to see a board of commissioners candidate receive 4,000 votes.
The “Sires Team for West New York” seeks to have Sires, also a former Assembly speaker and congressman, return to his old mayor’s seat.
He is running alongside Parks and Public Property Commissioner Victor Barrera, former Board of Education Trustees Adam Parkinson and Marielka Diaz, and former Republican congressional candidate Marcos Arroyo.
They face a challenge from “West New York Forward,” led by Public Affairs Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo.
His slate consists of Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32), who said her mother injured herself after being heckled at early voting, though the Sires team heavily disputed her account, Revenue and Finance Commissioner Margarita Guzman, Hiram Gonzalez and Walter Lopez.
The polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. tomorrow, May 9th. After the voters elect the five winners, the commissioners will them select the new mayor amongst themselves.