2018 RP Voter Turnout 9th Lowest In County

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Published: November 23, 2018 @ 6:00 PM EST

With the election results being certified last Friday, the county released numbers about those who voted earlier this month. Union County data showed that out of the 8,578 registered voters in Roselle Park, 4,835 were shown to have cast a ballot on election day this year – about 56%.

In relation to the other 20 municipalities in Union County, Roselle Park ranked 13th out of 21 – with only Elizabeth, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, and Winfield having a lower percentage of those registered to vote actually having done so this year.

Municipality
Registered
Voters
Ballots
Cast
Turnout
(%)
Mountainside
5,360
3,630
67.7%
Berkely Heights
9,976
6,703
67.2%
Cranford
17,742
11,900
67.1%
Fanwood
5,733
3,818
66.6%
Garwood
3,112
2,062
66.3%
New Providence
9,206
6,054
65.8%
Summit
15,767
10,302
65.3%
Westfield
23,217
15,035
64.8%
Scotch Plains
18,087
11,409
63.1%
Springfield
12,113
7,385
61.0%
Clark
11,665
7,002
60.0%
Union Township
37,665
21,291
56.5%
Roselle Park
8,578
4,835
56.4%
Winfield
1,066
598
56.1%
Kenilworth
5,475
2,987
54.6%
Rahway
18,311
9,756
53.3%
Hillside
14,094
7,466
53.0%
Roselle
13,702
7,132
52.1%
Linden
25,930
13,436
51.8%
Plainfield
23,429
12,103
51.7%
Elizabeth
57,879
23,830
41.2%

Only 4% of those who voted did not vote for mayor. In total there were 4,647 voters who cast ballots for the head of the borough which elected Joseph Signorello III by 54% of the mayoral votes.

Candidate
Votes
%
Joseph Signorello III
2,529
54.42%
William Fahoury
1,261
27.14%
Carl Hokanson
852
18.33%
Personal Choice
5
0.11%
TOTAL
4,647
100%

In the second ward, 64% of 1,802 eligible voters cast ballots for their ward representative with incumbent Joseph Petrosky getting 3 out of every 5 votes to have him retain his position. 10% of people who voted did not choose a ward council representative.

Candidate
Votes
%
Joseph Petrosky
644
61.10%
Richard Graves
407
38.61%
Personal Choice
3
0.29%
TOTAL
1,054
100%

The fifth ward had a lower percentage turnout with only 53% of the 1,886 voters voting for their 5th ward council representative. Newcomer Robert Mathieu was elected to the position by a ratio of 3 to 2.

Candidate
Votes
%
Robert Mathieu
562
61.7%
Thomas 'Thos' Shipley
349
38.3%
Personal Choice
0
0.0%
TOTAL
911
100%

Breaking down the wards, the majority of registered voters are in the 5th ward but they had the second lowest turnout. The second ward had the second largest number of registered voters (1,802) and the highest turnout (1,160).

Ward
Registered
Voters
Ballots
Cast
Turnout
(%)
1st Ward
1,677
951
56.7%
2nd Ward
1,802
1,160
64.4%
3rd Ward
1,628
928
57.0%
4th Ward
1,585
792
50.0%
5th Ward
1,886
1,004
53.2%
TOTAL
8,578
4,835
56.4%

Even with the lower turnout than surrounding communities, historical data shows that this year was the 5th highest turnout in a non-presidential election year in the last 35 years* and the highest turnout – again for a non-presidential election year – since 1995.

Year
Registered
Voters
Ballots
Cast
Turnout
(%)
1993
6,756
4,594
68.0%
1989
6,708
4,494
67.0%
1994
7,015
4,630
66.0%
1990
6,596
4,261
64.6%
2018
8,578
4,829
56.3%
1985
7,310
4,094
56.0%
1987
6,491
3,596
55.4%
1997
7,620
4,214
55.3%
2006
7,482
4,066
54.3%
1983
7,351
3,918
53.3%
1986
7,011
3,737
53.3%
2005
7,338
3,682
50.2%
2002
7,341
3,680
50.1%
1991
6,575
3,222
49.0%
1998
7,685
3,597
46.8%
2010
7,792
3,542
45.5%
2009
7,711
3,455
44.8%
2014
7,881
3,277
41.6%
2017
8,344
3,249
38.9%
2013
7,676
2,923
38.1%
1999
7,281
2,577
35.4%
1995
6,923
2,215
32.0%
2007
7,140
2,240
31.4%
2003
7,373
1,966
26.7%
2011
7,532
1,756
23.3%
2015
7,877
1,671
21.2%

For all years since 1983*, the highest voter turnout in the borough was the 1992 election, at 85%.

Year
Registered
Voters
Ballots
Coast
Turnout
(%)
1992
7,024
5,970
85.0%
1988
6,932
5,663
81.7%
1984
7,720
6,292
81.5%
2008
7,953
5,759
72.4%
2004
7,733
5,443
70.4%
1996
7,417
5,110
68.9%
2016
8,370
5,750
68.7%
1993
6,756
4,594
68.0%
2000
7,668
5,209
67.9%
1989
6,708
4,494
67.0%
1994
7,015
4,630
66.0%
2012
7,841
5,117
65.3%
1990
6,596
4,261
64.6%
2018
8,578
4,829
56.3%
1985
7,310
4,094
56.0%
1987
6,491
3,596
55.4%
1997
7,620
4,214
55.3%
2006
7,482
4,066
54.3%
1983
7,351
3,918
53.3%
1986
7,011
3,737
53.3%
2005
7,338
3,682
50.2%
2002
7,341
3,680
50.1%
1991
6,575
3,222
49.0%
1998
7,685
3,597
46.8%
2010
7,792
3,542
45.5%
2009
7,711
3,455
44.8%
2014
7,881
3,277
41.6%
2017
8,344
3,249
38.9%
2013
7,676
2,923
38.1%
1999
7,281
2,577
35.4%
1995
6,923
2,215
32.0%
2007
7,140
2,240
31.4%
2003
7,373
1,966
26.7%
2011
7,532
1,756
23.3%
2015
7,877
1,671
21.2%

*Voter data was not available for 2001

Maybe someday, more than a little over one out of every two voters will take five minutes to have a hand in deciding who will represent them in their ward and in their borough. That is not too much to hope for, especially in a one-square-mile town.