Deadline to file petition to run in November’s school board elections is July 30

Residents must get the signatures of at least 10 registered voters living in their municipality.

The deadline for Burlington County residents looking to file a petition to run in their local November school board elections will be here soon.

Residents have until 4 p.m. on July 30 to file their completed nominating petitions with the office of Burlington County Clerk Timothy Tyler.

Petitions can be downloaded on the county’s website at www.co.burlington.nj.us or picked up at the clerk’s office, located on the third floor of 50 Rancocas Road in Mt. Holly.

The days and business hours of the clerk’s office are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Completed can petitions can be dropped off in person at the clerk’s office.

To run for board of education, residents:

· Must be a United States citizen

· Must be at least 18 years old

· Must be able to read and write

· Must be a resident of the municipality they’re running in for at least one year prior to the date of the election

· Must be a registered voter in their municipality

· Must have no claim, interest in or contract with their local board of education

· Must not be disqualified as a voter

· Must not be disqualified from membership for the conviction of crime

To complete a valid nomination petition, residents must get the signatures of at least 10 registered voters living in their municipality.

Candidates must adhere to all state requirements to file campaign-expense reports with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

According to the clerk’s office, two or more candidates can also notify the county clerk if they wish to have their names, with their chosen designation, if any, bracketed together on the November ballot, so that their names and designation, if any, are selected as a group at the drawing, and their names and designation are printed together on the ballot.

Such candidates shall determine among themselves the order in which their names are to appear within the bracket.

For more information on running for school board, visit www.njsba.org/about/candidacy.