School Elections are now held during the General Elections on the Second Tuesday of November. Voters select members to represent the public on the Board of Education at that time. Only if the annual school budget exceeds the 2-percent spending cap set by the state do voters cast a ballot on budget.
To be eligible to vote, residents must be citizens of the United States and be at least 18 years old on the day of the election. Residents must have been living in the state and county for 30 days, and must have registered at least 30 days before the election.
Qualifying residents may register to vote at the Township Clerk's office in the Municipal Center, 100 Mount Laurel Road, or by securing a mail-in registration form. These forms are available from the district's Office of Communication Services, from the principal's office at each school, and here.
If for any reason a resident cannot vote during polling hours, he or she may vote by absentee ballot prior to the election. Applications for absentee ballots are available from the district's Office of Communication Services, 235-3387, and here. Absentee ballot applications must be received by the County Clerk's Office, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly, NJ 08060, seven days prior to the election. Upon receipt of the application, the clerk mails an absentee ballot to the voter.
Official Polling Locations:
In order to know where to vote in the school election, you must know your General Election Voting District. If you are not sure of your General Election District, call the Mount Laurel Township Clerk's office at 234-0001.
Special Elections, Referendum Elections:
Unlike other levels of government that may levy necessary taxes without voter approval in many instances, school boards in the state of New Jersey must seek voter approval before adopting the final annual budget or undertaking major capital projects. Voter participation in these referenda elections is essential, since failure of questions at the polls often impacts educational programs and facility improvements.