Polls open until 8 p.m. tonight, Nov. 7

If you haven’t cast your ballot in today’s general election, you have until 8 p.m. to get to the polls.

Not sure about your polling location? You can look it up using the New Jersey Division of Elections online polling place search tool.

Have you had any issues when trying to vote today? If so, send us an email. So far no issues have been reported today. Last year voters had to cast paper ballots because the voting machines couldn’t scan the ballots properly.

A reader who voted at the Chestnut Street Firehouse in Princeton Tuesday afternoon sent us a photo of the Thin Blue Line American Flag voters had to walk under to cast ballots there. The flag, a symbol of support for police departments, is also commonly seen at Trump rallies and was waved by some of the participants at the Jan. 6 insurrection.

“I associate the flag with Republicans and I don’t think it belongs in a polling place, much less right over a voting machine. It felt like a political ad playing right next to the voting machine,” the resident told Planet Princeton. “And if it was a Black Lives Matter flag instead, Republicans would lose their minds.”

Every seat in the New Jersey Legislature is up for grabs this election. On the local level, for the third year in a row in Princeton, residents have not had a choice in either the primary or the general election when it comes to electing council candidates.

In West Windsor, where elections are nonpartisan, it has been a robust campaign season. The campaign has focused on development and warehouses. Incumbents Andrea Sue Mandel, Sonia Gawas, and Michael Stevens have argued that it is important to attract commercial and retail companies and minimize residential overdevelopment to keep taxes flat. Challengers Daniel Weiss, Stacey Fox, and Ben Finkelstein say the massive BP8 warehouse logistics and distribution center approved by the town will ruin the quality of life in West Windsor, generating an endless tractor-trailer traffic jam.

Almost every school district in Mercer County has a contested race, with some candidates battling over parental rights. In Hamilton, David Maher and Brandon McNeice have both withdrawn from a heated school board race that has focused on parental rights and LGTBQ+ students.

In Princeton, two incumbents are seeking reelection, Beth Behrend and Michele Tuck Ponder. They are being challenged by Adam Bierman, Eleanor Hubbard and René Obregon, Jr. Incumbent Jean Durbin decided not to run for the board again and declined to comment on why when asked by Planet Princeton. The abrupt dismissal of Princeton High Principal Frank Chmiel, and the paid leave of absence and departure of Superintendent Carol Kelley have been a source of concern for many parents in the district. It is unclear how those and other issues will motivate people to head to the polls today in Princeton. Voters are also being asked to approve a $12.9 million bond referendum. Rather than asking voters to approve a large referendum every decade or so, the board has taken a new approach, asking voters to approve referendums every year or two. Just last year, voters approved $17.5 million worth of bonds for repairs and new roofing for all six schools.