Election Day Security

I am running for Sparta’s Board of Education with Kurt Morris and Niamh Grano.  Please follow our Facebook page.  We are #3, #4, and #5 on the ballot.

School safety and security is of the utmost importance to me.  There is one area of school safety that I do not believe we have made sufficient progress on and that is Election Day security.

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At least two days a year, we abandon our typical safety protocols because of systems that have not caught up with the reality of our times.  Sparta has a plethora of alternate locations.  

Despite the armed security present on Election Day, I do not believe we should allow voting in our schools.  Not in Sparta.  Not anywhere.

More conversations need to take place with state, county, and local officials.  I say “more” because there have been conversations albeit unsuccessful ones.  If re-elected, I would like to be part of the conversations this time around.  I would like to sit in the room and let officials explain to me why this can’t change when I know it can.

There needs to be collaboration with state, county, and local officials to determine suitable alternate locations for voting including state legislators, the Sussex County Clerk, Sussex County Board of Elections, and local officials.  According to the New Jersey School Board Association (NJSBA), the County Board of Elections has the final say over the selection of polling places.

My charge as a board of education member is to make decisions based on the best interest of the students and staff of Sparta.  Where people vote should not be about what has been done for years or convenience.  Voting in schools is about safety. 

Closing the schools two additional days a year is an option, though it is suboptimal. 

I wholeheartedly believe that if we all work together voting can be removed from Sparta Public Schools.

I am running for Sparta’s Board of Education with Kurt Morris and Niamh Grano.  Please follow our Facebook page.  We are #3, #4, and #5 on the ballot.

The above views are my own and do not reflect the views of the Sparta Board of Education.