In spite of Hurricane Sandy, polling places for the 2012 Presidential election are packed in Rumson and Fair Haven.
With displaced Sea Bright residents voting at the Fair Haven Firehouse, people at the poll check-in said that there was a steady stream of voters in and out all day so far.
At the Youth Center, the only polling place open to Fair Haven voters, cars lined the streets for blocks. "It has been a proud moment for Fair Haven," Mayor Ben Lucarelli said. "Despite all this adversity, there has been a steady stream of people going to the polls to vote. Seeing all those people out and voting is really a great sight."
And, in Rumson, at its only polling place at Forrestdale School, the parking lot was filled to capacity, with cars overflowing into the streets. (See attached photos.) Polls are open until 6 p.m.
Voters are going to the polls today to select a variety of candidates for local, county, state and national offices. Click on the links below for more information about the individual candidates and each race.
And check back here for updates and full results after polls close.
Rumson voters have choices to make for local and regional school boards as well as Borough Council.
are opening on the Rumson Board of Education, as is one, unexpired two-year term. Incumbents Margaret Simons, Alitia Faccone and John Connors look to retain their seats with challenger Bill Loughran seeking a full term.
Incumbent Maura Beyer, who was appointed in September to the seat vacated by former board member Colleen Hodge, seeks to finish the two-year term but faces a challenge from Russell Binns.
The Rumson representatives on the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional school board are running uncontested. James Wassel and Teresa Liccardi are on the ballot for a one-year unexpired term and a full, three-year term, respectively.
Finally, incumbent Borough Council members Mark Rubin and Frank Shanley seek re-election with a challenge from lone Democrat Philip Wagner.
Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli is unopposed in his quest to finish the unexpired term of former Mayor Michael Halfacre, which runs through 2014.
Additionally, four residents vie for two Borough Council seats.
Incumbent Republicans Eric Jaeger and Robert Marchese seek to continue their service but face challenges from Democrats Susan O'Brien and Dorothy Neceda for three-year seats on the governing body.
The Fair Haven Board of Education race is unopposed, with incumbent Mark Mancuso and newcomers Randi Walker and Tracy Rehder seeking full, three-year seats. Incumbent Michael Bernstein seeks re-election to a one-year, unexpired term.
The Fair Haven representatives on the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Board of Education also are running unopposed, as incumbents Meaghan Ladd and Sarah Maris seek three-year terms.