Tomorrow is Election Day in New Jersey. Every year it’s important to vote but tomorrow something is happening that hasn’t in 16 years – all 80 seats in the New Jersey State Assembly are up for election. The State Assembly is the lower house of the New Jersey State Legislature. This is a very big deal Make sure you vote tomorrow.
So whether or not you live in Bergen County, you’ll be voting for State Assembly seats along with your local municipal positions and in some cases Board of Education seats as well.
Over the past few years, more and more Bergen County towns have moved their Board of Ed elections to the general election in November. This has saved towns substantial sums because it’s clearly less expensive to run one election than two.
There’s also the fact that voter turnout for Board of Ed elections is notoriously low. The hope is that more people will participate in Board of Education elections by having them together with the regular political elections. I’m not really sure how more informed and interested people have become in who’s running for the Board of Ed but having it all on one day does save a town money.
If you’re not sure where to go to vote, just call up your local town clerk. Don’t worry if you end up at the wrong spot – there are always plenty of people there to help you.
Voting is more than a right – it’s a privilege in our free society. Voting polls open tomorrow at 6 am and close at 8 pm. That’s enough time for everyone to get there. So be a good citizen and cast your ballot tomorrow. Every vote does count!