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New Ridgewood Group Set Up to Take Your Right to Vote Away

Dear Ridgewood Community

Posted byswinogradApril 24, 2019

Last Tuesday, April 16, 2019, only fourteen percent of Ridgewood’s eligible voters participated in an off-cycle election (defined as any election not held in November) on the Ridgewood Public School budget for the 2019-2020 school year. This election cost Ridgewood taxpayers $50,000.

At best, this election was inefficient and at worst a thoughtless waste of Village resources and taxpayer money. Off-cycle elections present cost and security concerns in any community but more so in Ridgewood simply because we have so many of them — elections are held in April (school budget and Board of Education members) and May (Village Council) in addition to the traditional June primaries and November election. Ridgewood is now spending upward of $160,000 a year on elections. No wonder only 15 out of 560 school districts in our state still hold off-cycle budget votes.

Consolidating elections in November preserves the right to vote on any electable position. It also preserves the right to vote on the school budget if the school tax increase exceeds two percent. Both the Village Council and the Ridgewood Board of Education conduct transparent budgetary processes with ample opportunity for community participation, so taxpayers have the right to be heard on any budget issue.

Off-cycle elections are expensive, result in historically low voter turnout and present additional security risks by opening our schools to voters.

Let’s consolidate Ridgewood’s overstuffed, premium-priced election cycle. Please join us in saying YES to higher voter turnout, better representation, increased safety in our schools, and elimination of unnecessary spending.

One Village, One Vote!

* Over the coming weeks and months, we will be presenting data to the community about why it makes sense to move our elections to November.  Be sure to sign up for emails at in order to receive all of the latest information and learn how you can help support this change in our Village. We look forward to connecting with you.

Bob Fuhrman
Matthew Lindenberg
Stacey Loscalzo
Deborah Steinbaum
Siobhan Crann Winograd

9 thoughts on “New Ridgewood Group Set Up to Take Your Right to Vote Away

  1. The BOE is obviously behind this

  2. Great way to hide when hundreds on new kids come from the high density housing

  3. Zero respect for taxpayers

  4. I spoke out a the BOE meeting last fall on granting residents the right to vote. I was disappointed that so few residents voted.

    Very sadly I believe that Voigt is correct on this. If the residents do not appreciate the right to vote and do not vote, and the cost to hold the election is so high, then their should be only one election, in November.

  5. Through various ways a select group of people took the BOE and Admin in their iron grip, running their own agenda over majority wish, the Budget vote has taken that privilege away and that’s why this frustration, One Vote’s target is taking away the Budget vote and additionally influencing the local politics of Ridgewood with the muddy national one.

  6. A very bad plan, as evidenced by the fact that Ms. Winograd and Mr. Voigt are the authors of it. Two people I would not trust if my life depended upon it. Stay away from this plan.

  7. One Village, One Vote = A plan hatched by a bunch of idiots.

  8. This year, the election occurred during school vacation, in spite of efforts for mail in ballots, you cannot expect high turnout.
    We need to vote on school budget; much more transparency, more hearings, more public scrutiny.
    and more important, we need to vote on candidates. Ever since the vote was moved from April to Nov years ago, not one contested election. Is that voter participation? Lets see how it goes next year, when there will be an actual choice of members of the Bd of Ed.

    This is an attempt to bring Council election as well, and put it into a partisan ballot; Ridgewood is non partisan, we don’t label Dem/Rep/Independent. All Nov elections label party affiliation, and only the most careful voter will go to the bottom of the ballot during a party election and notice the candidates (if there were any) for Bd of Ed or budget.

    Lets not be blinded by special interests; this is how we got to where we are with gridlock and a packed planning board due to efforts of a previous council and manager. They are poised to come back and wreak more havoc. Civility? no way in those years. Nastiness reigned and finally we are coming back to becoming a community; lets keep it this way. Haven’t the voters spoken out twice: once to reject the larger garage, and once to re-elect current council members.

  9. Great picture of Siobhan. But I don’t recognize her because she isn’t crying.

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