Plan advances to move N.J. school elections to November

A New Jersey Assembly panel has advanced legislation that would allow school elections in New Jersey to be moved to November.

The measure gives local school boards, municipal governments, and voters the option of moving school elections from April to November.

Sen. Donald Norcross said having school elections at the same time as the general election provides a unique opportunity for voters.

“It will bring the focus that voters can do at one day make and effect change that is lasting across their town,” Norcross said. “Their mayor, their council, their school board–if things aren’t going well they can throw them all out at one shot.”

If the change is made on a broad scale, supporters say it could save up to $12 million. They also say it will increase voter participation in school elections.

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