Shedding light on false “Vote No” mailer information

To Our Neighbors:

Over the weekend, you likely received competing “Vote Yes” and “Vote No” mailers about moving our local elections to November. We are excited for a constructive dialog which enables the community to make educated decisions on the ballot. However, we were disturbed by a number of falsehoods and misleading claims on the “Vote No” mailer.

We at One Village One Vote have been open about our data sourcing and have run a campaign based on facts. Unfortunately, our opposition has not. We have therefore written this letter to correct the misinformation shared by those who wish to defeat the ballot question on election consolidation.

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Ballots Are Arriving; Vote YES to November Local Elections!

Hello Ridgewood Neighbors,

With mail-in ballots arriving as we speak, the time has finally come to vote YES to move all of Ridgewood’s local elections to November.

Here is a quick recap of why this makes sense for our community:

  • Higher Turnout: Many more people vote in November than in April/May, even for local issues and candidates.
  • Ease: Voting is easier and more accessible when it is on a single day during the year.
  • Broader Representation: November’s larger turnout is more representative of the overall community and our diverse interests.
  • Saving Money: Moving our local elections to November decreases costs to Ridgewood taxpayers.
  • School Safety: Fewer days with outside foot traffic entering the schools will increase safety for our children.
  • School Budget Vote: Citizens will retain their ability to vote on the school budget if it exceeds the state-mandated 2% cap on spending increases.

Please make sure to fill out your ballot and to follow all instructions carefully so your vote gets counted. Look for the Municipal Question on page 3 of the ballot, and vote YES!

Image of sample ballot containing the Municipal Question on page 3 of the ballot.

Thanks again for your support.

One Village, One Vote!

Bob Fuhrman
Matthew Lindenberg
Stacey Loscalzo
Deborah Steinbaum
Siobhan Crann Winograd

Be sure to sign up for emails at www.onevillageonevote.com in order to receive all of the latest information and learn how you can help support this change in our Village. Thank you.

One Village One Vote Virtual Coffee

Dear Ridgewood Community,

With 2020 ballots arriving as we speak, we are excited to invite you to a Zoom information session on Tuesday evening, October 6, at 7:00pm (details below). Our goal is to have an informed discussion about local election consolidation here in Ridgewood.

The featured speaker is Zoltan Hajnal, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. Prof. Hajnal is a nationally known expert on topics of voter turnout and off-cycle elections, and he will share his thoughts on why our Municipal Ballot Question will improve local democracy.

We’ll also be present at the session to answer questions and discuss why voting “Yes” on the Municipal Question is so important.

Attendance is limited, so please arrive on time.

We hope you’ll join us!

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