Board of Ed Election Is April 21st; Absentee Voting Registration is Now!

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voting sign.jpgIn the last Metuchen school election, roughly 20% of registered voters cast a vote. If you can't make it to the polls, registered voters may cast their vote by absentee ballot; the form is available online--and the voter must mail  the proper paperwork within 7 days of the election.

As the preliminary budget meeting on St. Patrick's Day revealed, the entire budget for the 2009-10 school year comes to approximately 31 million dollars, $28,194,381 comes from property taxes and only $1,754,966 comes from state aid. Since 91.7 percent of the budget is cash from Metuchen residents, voting in the Board of Education election is an important way to have a voice about where your tax dollars go and to whom.

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According to the Middlesex County Clerk's website, the deadline for receiving mailed ballots is April 14, but you can also apply in person or by "authorized messenger" until 3:00 p.m. the day before the election:

http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/countyclerk/absentee.asp

Any civilian absentee voter who fails to apply in writing for an Absentee Ballot within seven (7) days prior to a Primary election may apply in person, or by an authorized messenger, if the voter is sick, to this office any day up to 3:00 p.m. of the day before the election.


You may apply in person for an absentee ballot up until 3pm the day before an election.

Thanks for spreading the word about using absentee ballots as a sure way of voting. At one time, you needed an excuse to use the ballot, nowadays any one can request to vote absentee, so even if there is a slim possibility that you may not be able to get to the polls on Election Day, you can be assured that your vote will be counted by using an absentee ballot.

As the previous poster noted absentee ballots involve a two step process. To learn more about the process you can visit http://metuchencqe.org/boe-elections and download an absentee ballot application. A voter registration form is available there and important filing dates for both applications are also noted.

In case of last minute applications, Citizens for Quality Education has been hand delivering applications to New Brunswick,by sending a representative who leaves Metuchen at noon on the filing date which this year is April 14. Similarly for any stray ballots that might not make it down to New Brunswick by mail by Election Day, CQE delivers ballots. A CQE rep. will bring these ballots down to the Board of Elections on April 21 and will leave Metuchen by noon that day.

If you have any questions about voter registration or the absentee ballot process, you can visit the CQE webpage noted above to find answers or write correspondence@metuchencqe.org.

CQE encourages all Metuchenites to vote YES for the school budget.

Absentee ballot is a two step process. First you have to request the ballot, then you have to return it on time. You can also go to the county clerk's office and vote by "absentee" in person.

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