April 30, 2020
Dear Ridgewood School Community,
Registered voters in Ridgewood should have begun to receive their vote-by-mail ballots for the Annual School Election and the Municipal Election. Ballots must be postmarked on Election Day (May 12) and received by the County Board of Elections within 48 hours. Ballots received after 8 pm on May 14 will not be counted; therefore, it is important to return your ballot as soon as possible.
The vote-by-mail ballot is two-sided, one side pertaining to the School Budget and Board of Education Election and the other side for the Municipal Election. To participate in both elections, voters must complete both sides of the ballot. On the Board of Education side of the ballot, you will have the opportunity to vote for the 2020-2021 School Budget, as well as for three Board of Education seats. As a reminder, you will be selecting two candidates for the three-year term seats and one candidate for the unexpired one-year term seat. The school budget vote is a yes or no question.
Before casting your vote, I invite you to click here to view the School Budget Presentation and learn more about how the budget supports the mission and vision of the Ridgewood Public Schools. To learn more about the candidates running for the Board of Education, please click here to view a Candidates Guide from the League of Women Voters of Ridgewood.
Enclosed with your ballot are instructions, a Certificate of Mail-In Voter envelope, and a postage-paid return envelope. Since this is not the typical, in-person voting process, I urge you to read the instructions carefully and follow all of the steps as described. For more information, visit the website of the Bergen County Clerk’s Office at https://www.bergencountyclerk.org/. Following is a link to vote-by-mail instructions: https://www.bergencountyclerk.org/News/View/182/may-12th-election-vote-by-mail-instructions
Below is an overview of the vote-by-mail steps.
Mark the ballot(s) for the candidates and/or questions of your choice. Use black ink. Remember, the ballot has two sides: one side for the School Budget and Board of Education and the other side for the Municipal Election. Be sure to complete both sides.
Insert the completed ballot into the Certificate of Mail-In Voter envelope and seal. Do not detach the certificate from the envelope.
Complete the Certificate of Mail-In Voter envelope. Sign and seal where indicated.
Insert the Certificate of Mail-In Voter envelope into the postage-paid return envelope.
Seal the return envelope.
Complete the return envelope and mail.
Thank you for all that you do to make our community the special place it is for our children to grow and learn!
Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools