|We were lucky enough to have Donna Ward, the VP of the LWV of the Montclair area, answer some of our questions ahead of the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 8th.
ECM: For Montclair residents, what do you consider to be the biggest issues in this election?
DW: On the ballot is a referendum asking for voters to approve a $188 million bond referendum that will upgrade and repair Montclair schools. A good website to look for information is from the Montclair PTA Council.
As women and as mothers, how can our voices be heard?
The best way to make your voices heard is to get out and vote and encourage your friends and families to vote. Early voting has already started. These polling sites are open every day 10 am to 8 PM or 10 to 6 PM on Sunday. Otherwise you can go to your local polling location on Tuesday, November 8th, election day. Your local polling site is listed on the sample ballot you should have received in the mail, if you are registered to vote in Essex County.
Where can we learn more about the candidates and the races?
The League never endorses or opposes candidates, but we do provide nonpartisan info so voters can make up their minds. The League hosts a site that invites candidates to answer questions.
For the Montclair election we hosted a forum on the school bond issue, and school board candidates, you can find the recordings here.
For the Congressional district 11 race , we co-sponsored a forum with another League. You can find the recording here.
Can you tell us more about LWV and if there are ways to get involved?
The LWV is a 100 year old grass roots, nonpartisan organization dedicated to informing voters and ensuring the integrity of the voting process. We would love to have anyone join us.
Our next monthly social is at 11AM at the Bluestone Café on November 11th , if you want to come meet some members to find out more. Our website also is a great source of info about our committees and activities.