The Hudson County Board of Elections will “absolutely” implement some changes to address “egregious” mistakes that were made during Tuesday’s school board election in Jersey City, an official said yesterday. Some Downtown voters said poll workers ordered them to distant polling places and were unhelpful to voters who wanted to vote with provisional ballots. In some cases, including at the Booker T. Washington public housing complex and a senior facility on Pacific Avenue, voters who live in buildings that contain polling places were told to go elsewhere to cast their ballots.
Board of Elections Clerk Michael Harper said there were “egregious” mistakes, some made as a result of confusion over recent redistricting and some by poll workers who seemed to be acting out of malice. Harper added that he prefers to work out these kinks during a low-turnout school election. “I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to see that for the first time in a June primary election,” he said.