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Sample Ballot for Tuesday's Election Contains Error

The sample ballot mailed out to Lawrence Township voters incorrectly instructs voters to “vote for two” candidates to fill a single two-year unexpired term on the school board.

The sample ballot that was mailed to Lawrence Township voters in advance of tomorrow’s (April 17) school board election, and contained an error.

The error appears on the school board election section where three candidates are listed to fill an unexpired term with two years remaining. The ballot incorrectly instructs voters to “Vote for two.”

There is only one 2-year unexpired term; voters will be allowed to vote for only one of the three candidates listed.

Lawrence Township Board of Education President Laura Waters said the error was noticed after the sample ballots were mailed out by the Mercer County Clerk’s Office. She said the correct instructions will appear on the ballot in voting machines tomorrow.

In addition, one of the three candidates listed for the 2-year unexpired term – Joshua Wilson – informed local media outlets recently that he did not wish to continue his candidacy for school board due to “an unforeseen personal obligation.” But his name will still appear on the ballot tomorrow because the deadline to withdraw from the election in time to be removed from the ballot was March 5.

A voters’ guide to the school board election put together by Lawrenceville Patch in cooperation with the Lawrence Township chapter of the League of Women Voters .

Polls will be open tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Polling locations are as follows:

Lawrence Township Polling Locations: April 17, 2012

General Election Districts

Polling Location

1, 4, 7, 15, 20

2, 5, 9, 10

3, 6

8, 12, 16

11, 14

13, 17, 18, 19, 21

mrs mom April 20, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Monica, I think the mere nature of your comments with regard to the expense of educating special needs children in specialized schools is, in actuality supporting, the argument that Ms. Waters has a conflict of interest. I would expect the BOE to be working toward an educational plan that would be beneficial to ALL students. Yet, by Ms. Waters sending her other children to private schools does not send the message to me that she has any confidence in the education provided by the Lawrence School District for every student. Yes, it may be her personal choice, and I agree that she is entitled to make such a choice. However, I would much rather see a BOE president who works hard and believes so strongly in the programs and education of the district that he or she would be proud to have ALL of his or her chidlren educated in LTPS.
Monica April 20, 2012 at 06:16 PM
mrs mom, i understand your position of wanting someone to serve on the BOE who sends all of their kids to LTPS, and it is your prerogative to vote accordingly for members who fit your criteria. My concern about these comments being made about her, are that they are inflammatory, ignorant, intolerant, and misinformed. Her choices have actually saved the township money, and since she has been the BOE President, the BOE has made massive strides in saving this school district enormous amounts of money on education special education students. Most of that money has been saved by bringing special education students back into district from private schools. It disturbs me that people are making such nasty comments, and claiming "COI" when someone has done our district such good. This is how we thank our public servants, who volunteer their time while making such a positive impact? At this point, who cares where her kids go to school?
Charles Dismukes April 22, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Mr Michaelson: Nice try, but “We all” don’t have the same opportunities nor power as BOE members to potentially serve themselves. You have missed the point or deliberately misrepresented the facts to serve your purpose. I doubt you need the following clarification, so this is to inform the general public. Ordinary citizens who do not serve on the BOE can only choose to use or not use LTPS to educate our children and there is no consequence on other families. We pay taxes regardless of whether we choose public or private schooling, and WE CANNOT VOTE on any specific financial decisions. We have no ability to choose any educational services from the LTPS menu. There is no ala carte for us; we have to buy the whole meal. On the other hand, BOE members not only get to choose the items that appear on our menu, but also the portion sizes and the quality of the ingredients. So, BOE members have complete control of how my tax dollars will be spent at LTPS, while I have no direct control. Hence, there are rules in place to prevent BOE missuse that could benefit their family. Rules that I contend have been ignored. This is why your analogy is bogus. Remarks such as yours should be viewed as self-serving or inept. The public should now.
Monica April 22, 2012 at 04:24 AM
The irony here is that Mr. Dismukes seems to have not educated himself on the incredible amount of money that this BOE has saved our taxpayers on educating special education students. Enormous reductions in money spent in this area does not constitute missuse or even appear to benefit this family. The public should know THAT.
Charles Dismukes April 22, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I have already expressed exactly what I and many other Lawrence citizens expect. We expect the BOE to aim for a higher standard of accountability. First, by removing members from serving who do not send ALL of their children to LTPS. Second, by not allowing future BOE service by such individuals even if they later bring all their children back into LTPS. The definition of COI is recognized by every lawyer and every judge. Whether the COI is actually acted upon or not is immaterial. The possibility of conflict is all that needs to exist. That’s in the BYLAWS. Please read them again. Third, institute a one strike and your out policy for all members who are given a court sentence for any crime while on the BOE. Lastly, I am disgusted with the indifference that BOE members and Dr. Lovell have displayed in not acting on these concerns over the last two years, especially knowing how widely they are held. This is not an irrational tirade the BOE is facing. It is not brought by a single individual. The BOE has heard the grumbles in the background for years and members have used denial or intimidation to thwart the will of the people. You must have seen this coming. Your efforts to scoff and humiliate the merits of this case make you equally culpable in the injustice. Two BOE members should make the honorable choice to resign.

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