RB 2014 ballotRed Bank voters will choose two council members from among four candidates. (Click to enlarge)

Election_2014_PlainWill voters tick down along party lines? Mix & match?

Election season 2014 culminates Tuesday with four candidates on the ballot for two Red Bank council seats, plus an incumbent mayor running unopposed.

redbankgreen will have results as soon as they’re available after polls close at 8 p.m. Meantime, here’s a refresher on the process.

rb voting districts 2014Red Bank’s voting districts, with polling stations indicated by stars and a key at left. (Click to enlarge)


District 1
Navesink Hook and Ladder Company Firehouse
7 Mechanic Street
East of Broad Street

District 2
Independent Engine Company
32 Mechanic Street
East of Broad Street

District 3
United Methodist Church
245 Broad Street
South of Irving Place, Rear Entrance

District 4
United Methodist Church
245 Broad Street
South of Irving Place, Rear Entrance

District 5
Trinity Episcopal Church
50 White Street
Between Maple Avenue and Broad Street

District 6
Calvary Baptist Church, Education Wing
221 Bridge Avenue
Between River Street and Cedar Street

District 7
Independent Engine Company
32 Mechanic Street
East of Broad Street

District 8
Red Bank Senior Center
80 Shrewsbury Avenue
Intersection of Monmouth Street and Shrewsbury Avenue

District 9
Red Bank Housing Authority
Leighton Avenue
Between Sunset Avenue and Drs. James Parker Blvd.

WHAT TO BRING:: According to the League of Women Voters of New Jersey (which has excellent voter resources on its website), you need to provide ID if you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide identification numbers or the information you provided could not be verified.

Identification may include, but is not limited to, a current and valid photo ID such as a:

• Driver’s license
• Student or job ID
• Military or other government ID
• Store membership ID
• United States Passport

OR non-photo ID such as a:

• Bank statement
• Car registration
• Government check or document
• Non-photo driver’s license
• Rent receipt
• Sample ballot
• Utility bill
• or any other official document

If you can provide ID you are allowed to vote at the polls on the machine.

However, if you do not show identification, you will vote by provisional ballot and have until the close of business on the second day after the election to provide identification to the applicable county election office. You will be given a hand-out at the polling place that will tell you which county election office to contact.

HOW: Touch-screen voting machines are used. Here’s how they work.

Instead of pulling a lever to cast a vote as in the old analog machines, users make their selections on a touch-screen display, touching a button next to the name of the preferred candidate or the answer to a public question. A green X will light up to show the selection. Votes can be changed before all selections are submitted by simply touching the same button again, which turns off the green X.

For write-in votes (‘personal choice selections’ in the nomenclature of the the machines, as though other options were not personal choices), a keyboard is installed in each voting machine. Touch the ‘personal choice’ button on the same line as the office for for which you’re writing in a name. A blinking green X will appear. Then type in the name, using the arrow pointing right to make spaces, and the left arrow to make corrections. Check that you’ve spelled the name correctly, and press ‘enter’ on the keyboard.

After all selections have been made, push the red ‘cast votes’ button on the lower right of the display to submit your choices.

No, the curtain behind you doesn’t automatically open after you’ve cast your votes, as with the old lever machines. This seems to throw some people off.

TROUBLESHOOTING: Know your rights, and carry the palmcard below, prepared by the league. It includes the phone number of the League’s VOTEline (1-800-792-VOTE) available to assist voters who may encounter problems at the polls. (Click to enlarge and print)