Official Elected BOE Petition Launched!
Our official petition for a referendum on having Montclair join the 97% of other municipalities in New Jersey where local boards of education are elected by voters rather than appointed has launched.
Montclair is one of the few remaining New Jersey municipalities where mayors choose BOE members. Changing that in 2021 is our top priority.
Municipal Election Reform
We’re working to move our Township’s next municipal elections from May to November, to raise voter turnout, which is a fraction of that in most American towns.
In addition to these and other special initiatives Vote Montclair will be working year-round to increase voter engagement and election integrity.
- Statement by Board of Education Member Sergio Gonzalez[Following is a statement from Board of Education member Sergio Gonzalez presented during the BOE meeting of April 19th, 2021 on issues of governance in the district and in support of Vote Montclair’s campaign to convert Montclair’s school board fromContinue reading “Statement by Board of Education Member Sergio Gonzalez”
- Official Petition Launched for Referendum on Elected Board of Education in MontclairAn official petition was launched today seeking a referendum for an elected Board of Education in Montclair.
- Survey of Montclair Residents Shows Strong Support for Elected Board of Education, “Second Round” to Help Set Timing, BOE Model for ReferendumA survey of Montclair residents indicates strong support for having the township moving from an appointed to an elected Board of Education, along with backing for an inventive, ward-based model of electing BOE members.
What Montclarions Are Saying
“I’m a Montclair resident who previously lived in South Orange, where every year voters get their say on who sits on the BOE. Montclair may have a lot going for it, but on voter participation in education for now South Orange and Maplewood clearly have the edge.” — Richard Eigen
Vote Montclair by the Numbers
average turnout in last three municipal elections
percentage of N.J. municipalities where mayors rather than voters choose school boards
percentage of N.J. towns and cities with “off-cycle” municipal elections in May
raised by Vote Montclair from outside interests