November Elections Make Democracy More Representative

Dear Ridgewood Community,

Last Tuesday evening, Professor Zoltan Hajnal, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, joined us via Zoom to discuss why on-cycle elections matter. And today his piece, “New Jersey’s local elections should be rescheduled to be more representative,” is featured in the Bergen Record and the Ridgewood News.

Click here to read Professor Hajnal’s piece, in which he writes, “Moving to on-cycle elections is not only the right thing to do. It is actually possible. At the end of the day, the question is simple. Do we want local democracy run by the few or the many?”

And click here to view the slides from our Zoom Virtual Coffee Hour. Professor Hajnal shared his expertise and research on the local benefits of November elections around the country. In addition, we discussed the Ridgewood-specific benefits, and addressed some of the more common concerns we have heard from some neighbors.

We appreciate everyone’s support and remind you to vote YES on the Municipal Question on Page 3 of your ballots.

One Village, One Vote!

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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.

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.

Continue reading “Shedding light on false “Vote No” mailer information”

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.