NJ School Referendum Results for October 6, 2022

Ten of 11 school referendums have passed voters in Thursday’s special election with a tie vote so far.

A yes vote allows projects to go ahead and be funded by up to 40% debt service assistance from the state, which offsets property taxes in the school district.

The Shrewsbury School District, in its application for support, compared it to how a homeowner uses a home equity loan to pay for a new roof.

Turnout has been low for most referendums with less than 25% turnout, according to county websites where official results were posted.

Voting in Wallington is tied with the tally of all complete in-person votes, according to the Bergen County Board of Elections. Advance votes and provisional ballots have not yet been counted. The absentee ballots have not all been counted and have six days to arrive.

The highest turnout was 35% in Shrewsbury, which passed its referendum 65%-35%.

The lowest turnout also prompted one of the highest demands: 12% of voters traveled to Sayreville to pass a $97 million referendum, 62% to 38%.

Problems at the polls

The vote was not without problems. A problem with the electronic databases for Districts 7 and 45 of St. Mary’s Church in Cherry Hill interrupted early morning voting.

“The issue was resolved early in the morning and voters at the time were asked to come back and vote on the machine,” Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen told New Jersey 101.5.

Keashen said there was a problem with the envelopes for the provisional ballots. The problem was also resolved in the morning and new envelopes were delivered.

Here are the results of Thursday’s vote. Mail-in ballots postmarked by 8 p.m. Thursday and received within six days can still be counted.

  • Cherry Hill spent 69%-31% a $363 million referendum, the largest in the state in Thursday’s vote, for major district-wide renovations and work at the district’s 19 school buildings.
  • East Hanover topped 62%-38% a $2.1 million referendum for improvements to Central Elementary School and Board of Education office efficiency standards.
  • Greater Egg Harbor topped 57%-43% a $21 million referendum for gymnasium, lighting and sound system upgrades and sports facility improvements.
  • Kenilworth exceeded 54% to 46% a $31.4 million bond referendum to fund the David Brearley Middle-High School expansion, new grass pitch and HVAC upgrades.
  • Little Silver has passed 57% to 42% to fund $35.9 million for district-wide facility renovations.
  • Mansfield went from 75% to 25% a $2.2 million referendum to fund several projects, including a new boiler at John Hydock Elementary School and an upgrade to security systems.
  • Northvale exceeded 56%-44% a $10.6 million referendum for a new air conditioning system and roof and ceiling replacement.
  • Sayreville went from 62% to 38% a $97 million referendum dubbed “Cool The Schools” for air conditioning.
  • Shrewsbury topped 64%-35% a $22.5 million referendum for HVAC and air quality improvements, a new dining hall and three kindergarten rooms.
  • Watchung Regional referendum dropped from 60% to 40% for $8 million in long-term district facilities projects. Voting results in Long Hill were reported Friday morning by the Morris County Board of Elections.

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