Sunday, October 28, 2012

Councilman Bhalla praises efforts registering 750 new voters

From the desk of Councilman Ravi Bhalla

Hoboken Votes Registers 750 Voters, Turns Focus to Voter Education

Hoboken Votes, an initiative to register Hoboken residents to vote and educate residents about local issues, is pleased to announce it has registered over 750 new voters as a result of its volunteer efforts this summer and fall.  The vast majority of these newly registered voters are Hoboken residents, with a small portion from neighboring municipalities, primarily Union City and Jersey City.

“I want to thank our core volunteers for the time they spent on the streets, in the parks, and in the waterfront buildings, registering people to vote and educating them about local issues,” said Councilman Ravi Bhalla, who led the effort.  “We were able to register a substantial number of new voters along the waterfront buildings, and in particular would like to thank the management and residents at the Hudson Tea Buildings, Maxwell Place, Shipyard and Sky Club for their interest and enthusiasm.”

“This non-partisan effort provided us an opportunity to engage hundreds of new residents and inform them that the Presidential election is not the only issue on the ballot, but there are also important local issues where voters  will have a big impact,” said Phil Cohen, another volunteer organizer.  “We met hundreds of new voters who were interested in learning about electoral reform in Hoboken and the other local issues facing our community that will be on the ballot November 6.  These new voters want their voices to be heard.” Now that the registration deadline has passed, Hoboken Votes will focus its efforts on voter education about the Hoboken school board election and the Hoboken Public Questions, directly engaging the hundreds of newly registered voters as well as the public at large.