Governor’s Race, Minimum Wage Question Top Today’s Ballot

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VOTE-3STATE – Voters will head to the polls today for the second time in less than a month. They will choose between Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic challenger state Sen. Barbara Buono, and elect representatives to the General Assembly and state Senate.

In Middlesex and Union counties, voters will also choose a sheriff and members of the Freeholder board. In many municipalities, local offices and school board seats are also up for election. Voters will choose mayors in Edison, Hillside, Plainfield and Westfield.

Two public questions appear at the top of the ballot. One asks voters to raise the minimum wage to $8.25 per hour and requires future increases tied to the cost of living. A second question asks voters to allow veterans’ organizations to use money from existing games of chance, such as bingo or raffles, to support their organizations.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Nov. 5. To find out where to vote, check your sample ballot or visit Elections.NJ.gov online for more information. You can call the state Division of Elections at 609-292-3760.

On Monday, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced  that approximately 150 Deputy Attorneys General (DAsG) will be assigned throughout the state on Election Day to help ensure a fair and smooth-running election, and to assist county election officials in resolving voting-related legal issues.

Hoffman explained that it is a criminal offense to solicit or electioneer voters as they enter or exit a polling location. He noted that a “protective zone” extends 100 feet from the outside entrance of any polling site. Attempts to interfere with voters within this zone are usually handled by law enforcement officers from the appropriate agency.

Any person who believes his or her right to vote has been interfered with, or who wishes to report other voting-related problems, should contact the state’s hotline at 1-877-NJVOTER.

Members of the public can also address election-related questions to their County Superintendent of Election and county Board of Election. A list of county-level election office contacts, as well as other useful elections-related information, can be found on the Division of Elections Web site at www.NJElections.org .


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