Dear Ridgewood Community
Thank you again for your ongoing support for One Village One Vote and our efforts to consolidate Ridgewood’s local elections to November. As a quick update, the Village Clerk has rejected our petition. After the Clerk’s office declined to provide guidance on the proper approach to writing the petition, we tried to use friendly language within the petition and collected it electronically as permitted under our understanding of Gov. Murphy’s Executive Order 132. The Clerk has now notified us of two deficiencies with the petitions:
- The full text of the proposed ordinance to change the elections timing must be on the signed petition forms.
- Every petition must be circulated directly by one of us, the Committee of Petitioners, and not gathered by someone else or downloaded directly from our website.
If you are interested, the full details of the deficiencies were provided during last night’s Village Council meeting (go to 1:11:40 for the relevant section).
Given this, WE NEED SOME QUICK HELP FROM YOU. We hate to bother you again, but we ask that you please print and sign the petition one more time (one form for each voting member of your household!), and either drop it to any of us or scan and email it back to one of us directly (email addresses at the bottom of this email). Please send this back to us BY AUGUST 11 to give us time to compile and resubmit. Since the postal service is slower in the summer, please do not place in the mail.
Thanks again for your time and patience. We are confident that, barring any additional unforeseen obstruction, this resubmission will be what gets us on the ballot in November. If you have any questions or would like to discuss, feel free to drop any of us a line.
Bob Fuhrman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Matthew Lindenberg (email@example.com)
Stacey Loscalzo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deborah Steinbaum (email@example.com)
Siobhan Crann Winograd (firstname.lastname@example.org)