Regardless of the rain, voting is heavy in Hudson County

Voting is strong in Hudson County this morning in what has been called a a referendum on President Donald Trump.

JERSEY CITY — Voting is strong in Hudson County today for the midterm election which experts say is a referendum on President Donald Trump playing out as voters cast ballots in races for the Senate and House of Representatives.

Hudson County Board of Elections Clerk Michael Harper said that in spite of the rain which has been heavy at times, some polling places in Downtown Jersey City and in Hoboken have long lines. He said officials have been sent to the locations to help with the volume.

“Voter turnout is high for a midterm election,” Harper said. There is a line of about 30 voters outside Bayonne High School. 

Jose Aquino voted at School 27 on North Street in Jersey City this morning and said his votes went to nothing but independents and Republicans. As far as he’s concerned, the referendum is on Sen. Robert Menendez who was indicted during his current term.

“It’s time to flush the toilet,” said Aquino. “Of course, with the White House we had at the time, he wasn’t going to get convicted.”

As he walked out of the school, Robert Kemmler said “I’m a Democrat – that’s it. They are more for working guys and it’s a vote against Trump.”

John Seborowski went from polling booth to polling booth at the school helping voters.

“I vote for the best candidates,” said Seborowski. “I’m a registered Democrat but for me it’s not about Trump. I vote for the person I think it the best candidate.” He described voter turnout at the school as brisk.

As Pamela Hamilton walked from the school and back into the rain, she said she voted Democrat all the way.

“I just think they will put through issues that will appeal to me – that interest me,” Hamilton said.

While there are a number of local races on the ballot in Hudson County, including for the Boards of Educations in Jersey City and Bayonne, the Senate contest between Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Bob Hugin is the state’s highest profile race. The three members of the U.S. House of Representatives who represent Hudson County — Albio Sires (D-8th), Bill Pascrell (D-9th), Donald Payne Jr. (D-10th) — and are also seeking reelection Tuesday. 

Early voting for the election has been very heavy. 

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