Written by Keith Brown
Wednesday is an election day in New Jersey.
Yes, Wednesday. In October.
The Oct. 16 polling is the first ever for the state and was prompted by the death of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg and forwarded by Gov. Chris Christie's decision to hold a special primary and general election solely for the U.S. Senate seat, rather than waiting until the November general election when Christie will stand for re-election.
Wednesday's election pits Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker against Tea Party Republican Steve Lonegan. Booker holds a comfortable lead over Lonegan, according to the most recent polls, including a Rutgers-Eagleton poll that put the Newark mayor 22 points up as of Monday.
But there are a host of others vying for the seat you may have not known about. The other six competing for votes are:
- Stuart David Meissner, running under the banner of Alimony Reform Now
- Antonio Nice Sabas, running under the banner of Freedom of Choice
- Robert DePasquale, running under the banner of Jobs For Americans
- Eugene Martin LaVergne, of the D-R Party
- Pablo Olivera, running under the banner of Unity is Strength
- Edward C. Stackhouse Jr., running under the banner of Ed The Barber
Polls are open: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Can I vote?: Not sure you registered to vote in time? Check here.
Mail-in ballots: The clerk must receive mail-in ballots before polls close at 8 p.m. You can drop off your ballot at 550 Grove Rd., West Deptford, NJ 08066.
What if I have a problem voting?: First, talk to a poll worker. If it’s not resolved or your problem is with the poll worker, call the Gloucester County Board of Elections at 856-384-4500.
Do not leave a polling location before your issue is resolved. For more information, see the state’s voter information frequently asked questions.
Still need help? Contact the nonpartisan election helpline for problems or to report issues: 1-866-OUR-VOTE.