Monday, November 2, 2015

Navigating Tomorrow's Election

Tomorrow is Election Day. The polls are open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. The polling sites in Hudson are as follows:

First, Second, & Third Wards 
St. Mary's Academy, Allen and Third Streets
Fourth Ward
County Office Building, 401 State Street
Fifth Ward
Central Fire Station, 77 North Seventh Street

If you are uncertain in which ward you are registered and where you should vote, click here to find out.

In the past, finding the polling site where you are supposed to vote has often been the biggest challenge. This year, finding the candidates you want to vote for may be a greater challenge. In the race for Common Council President, a candidate who has withdrawn from the race appears twice on the ballot. To find the Democrat-endorsed candidate Tom DePietro, you have to go past the two appearances of Victor Mendolia's name (he withdrew from the race back in August) all the way down to Row I. 

The ballot for Fourth Ward voters presents another challenge. There are four candidates for the two alderman positions, and those candidates appear in two columns on the ballot. The problem is that people accustomed to voting for one candidate in each column might think that the same rule applies here as well. It does not. 

You can vote for two candidates in the first column. You can vote for one candidate in the first column and one candidate in the second column. The only thing you cannot do is vote for two candidates in the second column because there is only one candidate in that column.

An election can be won or lost by a single vote. See you at the polls!

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