The League of Women Voters of New Jersey reminds all citizens that the Annual School Election will be held Wednesday, April 27. The School Election occurs on a Wednesday this year as a result of a religious holiday. Voting to select your school board members and decide your school district’s budget is an important and powerful way to have a voice in education and your community.
It is important for voters to examine their sample ballots this year, which should arrive about a week before the election. Some county clerk’s also make sample ballot available online. In addition to selecting school board members and voting on school budgets, voters may see additional questions on the ballot. As in past years, some districts will have bond proposals and a few districts will have “second questions” proposing specific school programs and spending that will exceed the 2 percent tax cap.
However, for the first time in New Jersey history, a municipal question will appear on the ballot of fourteen towns, asking if voters will allow their local governments to exceed the new 2 percent property tax levy cap.
“I cannot stress how important it is to look at and understand your sample ballot before heading out the polls,” said Jesse Burns, Interim Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. “The language of these ballot questions, particularly if you are voting to exceed a municipal tax levy cap, can be very detailed and confusing if the first time you are seeing the question is in the voting booth.”
Registered voters may apply for a mail-in ballot in person at the County Clerk’s office up until 3 p.m. on April 26. In New Jersey, anyone who chooses to and applies in time may vote using a mail-in ballot. Completed mail-in ballots must be received by the board of elections on the day of the election. Please be aware that if you apply for a mail-in ballot and receive it, you must vote using that ballot.
Polling hours differ from district to district. Please call your local School Board office to confirm your polling place and hours the polls will be open. If you have any questions about voting in the School Election, please contact the League of Women Voters of New Jersey for assistance at 1-800-792-VOTE (8683).