Today Is Election Day: What Voters Need To Know For The Newark School Board Election

Here's what voters need to know for today's election.

When do the polls open?

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The last day to apply by mail for a mail-in ballot was April 12. Registered voters can go in-person at their regular polling locations.

Where is my polling location? 

To find your polling location, visit the Essex County Board of Elections website here or call 973-621-5070.

Who is running for the school board?

Seven candidates are running for three seats for 3-year terms on the board. 

Here are the candidates in the order they will appear on the ballot: Thomas Luna, Maggie Freeman, Phillip Wilson, A’Dorian Murray-Thomas (incumbent), Daniel Gonzalez (incumbent), Crystal Williams, and Allison K. James-Frison.

Three candidates are running together on the Moving Newark Schools Forward Ticket, backed by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka: Murray-Thomas; Gonzalez; and Williams.

To learn more background information about each of the seven candidates on the ballot, visit TAPinto Newark's "Meet the Candidates" post here.

What will I be voting on concerning the school budget?

The public question on the ballot is asking Newark voters to approve or reject the district’s $138.3 million total local tax levy proposed in the 2022-23 school year budget, to be paid by Newark property owners. The proposed tax levy remains flat from the 2021-22 school budget.

Approval for the coming year’s budget depends on a “yes” vote from the public during the school board elections.

To learn more about the 2022-23 school year budget, visit TAPinto Newark's "Key Takeaways" story on this year's budget hearing here.

Here's a sample ballot for the Newark Public Schools District Board of Education Election:

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published this page in News and Politics 2022-04-19 03:21:58 -0700