Friday, November 9, 2012

Breaking: Stranded outside Hoboken - how many days does it take to get a ballot?

Voters who were forced to leave town due to Hurricane Sandy have until tonight at 8:00 PM to get their ballots submitted to the Hudson County Clerk's Office.

But what if you've been trying for days to get a ballot and even resubmitted your application as directed for a ballot again on Election Day and are still waiting?

Do you ask to speak to Didi or Gogo while you're waiting for Godot?

One Hoboken voter displaced by Hurricane Sandy is beginning to
wonder if they'll ever get a ballot to cast their vote.  They've been trying for five days.

That's the story of one Hoboken resident MSV has been following.  According to the Hudson County Clerk, they have until 12 noon today to get the ballot out to the voters and then the voter has until 8:00 PM to fill it out and return it.

One voter expressed concern whether they will get the ballot in time to participate and wonders how many others are facing the same predicament?

They even sent a copy of their driver's license with the application and original signature.

MSV will be following this story and if you are in the same boat and wish to share, please contact

Talking Ed Note: Da Horsey doesn't want to say two of the dirtier words in Hudson County: voter disenfranchisement.  (The other two being voter fraud.)  So the Hudson County Clerk's Office needs to step up and get voters that have legally fulfilled the ballot application requirement their ballots.

Five days and counting...

Update: 12 noon - We've heard from this Hoboken voter again who was awaiting a ballot just before noon.  Just off the phone with Hudson County and they confirm a ballot has been emailed out.  MSV is awaiting confirmation from the voter and will update here accordingly.

It's believed that the County received thousands of requests, hundreds at a minimum from Hoboken.  While they couldn't provide the exact figures, it appears they are making progress to satisfy the voters who make a legitimate request to vote by email and/or fax.

If anyone else is having difficulty obtaining a ballot after sending in an application please contact  Da Horsey is happy to help.

For those receiving a ballot, the BoE race is located on the lower left of the ballot where you can easily see K-L-M lined up for Kids First.
The Hoboken Questions 1-3 are on the lower right hand side.  Yes and Yes to #1 and #3. Thanks!

Update II: 2:35 - The saga for this voter continues.  The County says they emailed a ballot earlier, the voter says they haven't received anything via their email.  Communications between the County Clerk's office back and forth has been fine so why should the ballot go into invisible spam somewhere?

Update III: This Hoboken voter has spoken to two people in the Hudson County Clerk's Office and they have asked to take a phone number and call back.  That's where things stand as approximately 2:45 with no word.  The sage continues.  Where's Godot?  I mean the ballot?

Update IV: Ballot receive at 3:30!  So now the voter will print it out and get it back to the Hudson County office before 8:00 pm.  Da Horsey advised this voter to make sure to sign the ballot with their original signature.

If any of the local elections are contested, you want to make sure you did it all correct.