Sunday, November 01, 2009

Election Board Numbers Show Dem Increase

Despite a small drop in the overall number of registered voters for the 2009 general election, Democrats increased in all four wards.

The Union County Board of Elections posts a Voter Registration Summary each year after the last day to register. Comparing October's numbers with those for 2007 and 2008, last year's 24 percent bounce for the presidential election faded a bit to 21,738, down from 22,516 but still stronger than 2007's 18,080.

The number of unaffiliated voters dropped 10.4 percent to 7,934 from 2008's 8,859. This group had numbered 8,444 in 2007.

Registered Republicans, numbering 1,108 last year and 1,045 in 2007, dropped down to 1,029 in October 2009.

Democrats, who surged from 8,587 in 2007 to 12,544 last year, increased to 12,769 heading into this year's general election. Ward 1 saw an increase from 2,820 last year to 2,871 now. Ward 2's 3,664 jumped to 3,756. Ward 3 increased from 3,699 to 3,730. Ward 4 followed the trend with 2,412, up from 2,361. Citywide, last year's 12,544 Democrats went up to 12,769.

Of course, in the general election voters need not stick with party affiliations, but can vote across party lines.

The Courier News gave a sort of back-handed endorsement to incumbent Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs by saying she is bound to win in this heavily Democratic city, but that she must do better in her second term. Editors found her Republican opponent, James Pivnichny, "out of touch with the needs of most residents." Deborah Dowe is running for mayor as an independent.

As of early Sunday, the comment function for the Courier News Opinion page was not working. Otherwise, the editors might have seen what the locals think about their assessment.

The other Plainfield race, for a four-year term representing the Ward 4, was settled in a close primary contest between Robinson-Briggs' running mate Vera Greaves and school board president Bridget Rivers. Rivers did not run with a mayoral candidate and is unopposed in the Nov. 3 election.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

--Bernice Paglia

8 Comments:

Blogger Bo said...

Let's all hope that these increases are associated with legitimate voters and not a result of some illegal registrations.

We will have lawyers and challengers on stand by to make sure that everyone who votes has the legal right to voteā€¦.and that they are only voting once.

9:18 AM  
Blogger active citizen said...

I hope these dems are like me. I'm a democrat who can't vote for this mayor or this governor. I'll vote Republican, since I can't in good conscience vote for the losers who have been in office and made the state and me poorer with each passing year.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bo is a Republican operative sent in by the Republicans to split the local vote. It appears it is working very well.

it is an old ploy - it is called divide and conquer. The British used it very well. Even when the local african tribes were told what was going on, the hatred for each other was greater then what they kknow the British represented.

In the end, the British took over and make virtual slaves of all of them. Seems Plainfield is willing to allow themselves to be used - we are just local tribes at each others throats and everyone else is better then my neighbor.

In come the Republicans to save Plainfield.

Yeah sure!!! Suckers aren't we!

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please remember that 4 NJ Supreme Court judges will be retiring during the next governor's reign. Do you want Chris Christie choosing them? Say good bye to a woman's right to choose. Say good bye to marriage equality.

1:13 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

At this point I am allowing comments as they come in and leaving it up to the readers to assess their value.

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernice,
I wonder why you did not make that comment after Bo's insinuation?

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:00am is right though. Plainfielders are complete suckers if they belive Republicans will help an urban district like Plainfield.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 713...the Dems, new or old, have the same Plfd that has been for years. The Repubs cant be all that bad. The brittish fear is a bit much. Scare tactics at its worst.

11:36 AM  

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