New Jersey considers moving fire district and school board elections to November

    A New Jersey lawmaker is sponsoring legislation that would move fire-district and school board elections to November.

    A New Jersey lawmaker is sponsoring legislation that would move fire district and school board elections to November.

    Fire district elections are held in February and school elections are in April.

    Assemblyman Paul Moriarty says moving them to the same date as the general election in November would increase voter participation and save money.

    Moriarty:
    We don’t need to be having multiple elections that cost us money just to set up the polling places and staff it with workers. Each municipality spends tens of thousands of dollars on some of these elections. We have over 500 municipalities. This is big bucks.

    The New Jersey School Boards Association opposes moving school elections to November, saying that would get nonpartisan school board races caught up in party politics.

    The association suggests fire district and school elections should take place on the same day in the spring.

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