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New Jersey Initiative and Referendum 101

Last Saturday, I promised Jim from Northfield that I would share information on how citizens can get ordinances on the ballot.   I invite him and you to read the Office of Legislative Services’ Report on ‘Initiative and Referendum in New Jersey’s Counties and Municipalities.   (Thank you Senator Jeff Van Drew for sharing this information with me.)

The salient point with regard to the conversation I had with Jim is that a number of the voters in a given county or municipality that is needed to initiate an ordinance on the ballot is the number of voters which is equal to or greater than 10% of the voters from that same county or municipality who voted in last November’s election.  

For example, the number of signatures from registered Atlantic City voters, which are needed on a petition to initiate an ordinance on the ballot is 714.1.

Please leave a comment or e-mail me for more information.


About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


One thought on “New Jersey Initiative and Referendum 101

  1. How many signitures needed for a referendum to be put on ballot in NJ
    for funding schools with money from taxes based on income
    rather than the value of a persons home?

    Posted by Elmer Gagliardi | August 22, 2012, 2:09 pm

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