KNOW WHERE TO VOTE, & YOUR RIGHTS

Distr_2_polling_station_2The Independent Fire House on Mechanic Street does double duty as the district 2 polling station on election day.

Will the lines be long? Will the flow of voters through the polling stations be smooth?

That remains to be seen. But the better prepared voters are for what awaits them, the fewer delays there will be, right?

Here’s some basic info for Red Bank voters about where to cast ballots, how, and what to do in the event you encounter a glitch on Tuesday.

Rb_vote_district_and_poll_placesWHEN AND WHERE: Polls are open 6a to 8p.

Here’s the voting districts map, with inverted Vs indicating the location of the polling places; note that district 3 shares a polling place — the First Aid Squad on Spring Street — with district 7. (Click to enlarge)

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If you need more detail about the locations of the polling places, here’s the address list, at left.

And if you’re still not sure what district you’re in, here’s the breakdown by streets: Download 2006_districts_rev_11.pdf

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BALLOT Qs: NO NEED TO FAKE IT

Admit it: you’ve read the two public questions on this year’s ballot over and over again, and the “interpretive statements” that purport to explain them, and you don’t know what to make of them.

First, you’re not alone. And second, there’s help.

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A statewide poll released today reports that support for one of the two questions varies dramatically depending on whether a plain English version of the question or its official interpretive statement is read.

From an article in today’s Star-Ledger :

The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll out today focused on the ballot question that would put more restrictions on how the state borrows money.

When asked whether they support an “amendment to the state constitution to require all state agencies to get voter approval for any money they borrow through issuing bonds,” 75 percent of respondents said they would, while 9 percent would not. That statement was formulated by the FDU pollsters.

However, when the question was put to respondents using the actual “interpretive statement” found on the ballot, which is intended to explain the proposal, only 46 percent said they would support it and 28 percent would not.

From the PublicMinds website:

“When the question is in clear language, voters have the opportunity to form a definite opinion,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “When the question is put in legalese many people won’t sort it out and can’t make an intelligent choice.”

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RED BANK CRIME LOG

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Crimes reported to the Red Bank Police Department during the week of October 24 to 31. The information is unedited.

Theft occurring on 10-24-08 at Monmouth St. Victim reported that cash was stolen from purse. Ptl. Paul Perez.

Theft occurring on 10-24-08 at Monmouth St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) took an Apple laptop which was with luggage while waiting for train. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Theft occurring on 10-27-08 at Harding Road. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole pair of prescription Juicy Couture eyeglasses from purse. Ptl. David Smith.

Theft occurring on 10-27-08 at River St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke into a shed by breaking the latch and stole a gas powered leaf blower and a sewing machine. Ptl. Beau Broadley.

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