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All but 40 NJ school board elections in November

11-4-13

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Most New Jersey communities will be electing school board members Tuesday as the state’s districts rapidly move from April elections to November polling.

The state allowed the switch last year and encouraged it with two incentives. School districts would not have to pay the cost of voting on the same November day as elections for other posts, and they would not have to put their budgets up for votes.

More than 500 communities have now made the switch and only about 40 with elected boards still vote in April.

But the New Jersey School Boards Association says there is one downside. There are fewer candidates per seat.

The group says one reason is that candidates must now file nominating petitions five months before the election.