Only 817 people, less than 20% of Newton voters, turned out yesterday for the referendum on moving the municipal election date. Now Newton will be having it's next election in November rather than May.
Municipal Clerk Lorraine Read announced the results at the Sussex Board of Elections office. Supporters of a fall election hope it will increase voter turnout since it coincides with the general election. Additionally, the the cost will now be covered by the county rather than the town.
On the other hand, those opposed to it are hoping that partisan politics won't affect local elections.
Read the NJHerald.com story here.