Residents in some New Jersey school districts will vote Tuesday on school budgets and school board members.

But because of a change in the law, the elections are not what they once were.

The majority of schools have quickly moved school elections to November. Under a new law, doing so spares them from public votes on their budget plans so long as they keep tax increases under a 2 percent cap.

Only 73 districts will put their spending plans to votes on Tuesday.

Poll hours vary by district.


New Jersey Districts Conducting School Elections on April 17


County Number of April School Elections Names of Districts
Atlantic 2 Atlantic City, Hammonton
Bergen 20 Cliffside Park, Closter, East Rutherford, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fairview, Garfield, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Lodi, Midland Park, Norwood, Oakland, Palisades Park, Ramsey, Ridgewood, Rutherford, South Hackensack, Wood-Ridge
Burlington 0


Camden 1 Haddon Heights
Cape May 0
Cumberland 1 Bridgeton
Essex 6 Bloomfield, Belleville, Glen Ridge, Irvington, Newark*, South Orange/Maplewood*
Gloucester 5 Delsea Regional, Franklin, Greenwich, Paulsboro, Monroe
Hudson 4 Jersey City, North Bergen, Secaucus, Weehawken
Hunterdon 1 Readington
Mercer 4 Hopewell Valley Regional, Lawrence, Princeton, West Windsor-Plainsboro
Middlesex 4 Cranbury, Edison, Metuchen, Sayreville
Monmouth 2 Marlboro, Neptune Township
Morris 8 Chatham, Hanover Township, Mendham Township, Morris School District, Mountain Lakes, Pequannock, Riverdale, Rockaway Borough
Ocean 1 Lakewood
Passaic 8 Haledon, Hawthorne, North Haledon, Passaic, Passaic County Manchester Regional, Paterson*, Totowa, West Milford
Salem 1 Salem City
Somerset 2 Hillsborough, Montgomery
Sussex 1 Fredon
Union 0 -
Warren 2 Allamuchy, Greenwich
Total 73

* Of the school districts eligible to move their elections to November, 70 school districts retained April elections, where voters will select candidates to serve on the school board and decide their district’s base budget. Three additional districts – Newark, Paterson and South Orange/Maplewood – will conduct board member elections on April 17, but do not place their proposed budgets on the ballot.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.