Follow-up from this post School board elections to November now lets do the same for school referendums
We’re heading into the end of legislative session and Rep Longhurst sponsor of H.B. 360 that moves school board elections to coincide with the general election in November is trying to cash-in some political chips for support.
I am getting some reports that the Delaware Wall Street education reformer clones are pushing this legislation so that they can gain a better political-footing during school board races. I also crunched some number and it will cost about $200,000.00 to establish a system aligning voters polling places in association to school boards. Voters would be required to vote for school board members in their assigned polling place. Voter cards must show designated polling place for school board election and voting machines will have to list board candidates as non political party affiliated.
H.B. 360 also requires all persons voting in school board elections must be registered voters. I guess this is so non registered voters can’t accidently vote in other political elections.
I kind of support moving the board elections to the general election but by doing so the big Republican and Democrat party machines can own the school board elections. We’ll have people voting for school board members just for the sake of picking a name. Also, gone are the day an average Joe who has been involved and engaged at the schools and in education. The cost of running for school board would easily inch towards $100,000.00 putting everyday parents out of the game.
Sure the voter turnout for school board elections is low but I honestly don’t see the current process in May a inconvenience. After all, if you care about kids you’ll take the few minutes out to vote. So now voting in November will give the Wall Street education reformers a better edge.
Like I said, backroom deals are being cut to push this legislation through the House and you can bet Sokola has his catcher’s mitt on to push it through senate.
Get this, Fiscal Note “Not Required”. Ask the County Board of elections how much this change will cost! I guess with the Wall Street ed reformers and their Dover puppets it doesn’t matter!
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