AN APPEAL TO BOTH NJSBA DELEGATE ASSEMBLY & THE NEW JERSEY STATE LEGISLATURE REGARDING REVISIONS TO THE STATE’S ELECTION LAW TO PROVIDE FOR BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATE RESIDENCY VERIFICATION.
WHEREAS; the Bloomfield Board of Education exercised its power in 2012 to move the annual school board election to
November thereby eliminating the vote on its annual school budget which shall be within the statutory cap and became effective for the 2012-13 budget;
WHEREAS; the Bloomfield Board of Education is aware the move to the November election placed the County Board of Elections as the certifying officer to receive and review nominating petitions;
WHEREAS; the Bloomfield Board of Education believes that the County Board of Elections should be charged with a residency verification prior to certifying any nominating petition in order to ensure that candidates for the Board meet the statutory requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:12-2;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Bloomfield Board of Education urges the New Jersey School Boards Delegate Assembly to encourage our lawmakers to introduce legislative mechanisms of amending Title 19 in order to require a residency check and verification prior to certifying any nominating petition for the annual school board election;
NOW THEREFORE FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that the Bloomfield Board of Education calls upon the governor, state legislature and state education boards and administrators to re- examine the residency verification processes currently in place and provide a new framework to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of nominating petitions in all board of education elections under the jurisdiction of the County Board of Elections.