Alexandria Township committee expansion issue (2009)

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The Alexandria Township committee expansion issue was on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in the Township of Alexandria.

The measure called for expanding the Township Committee from three members to five.[1] If placed on the ballot, this would mark the first time Alexandria residents consider local government expansion. Alexandria is currently one of three towns in Hunterdon County that has three committee members. The other two towns include: West Amwell and Kingwood.

Expansion proponents argue that the change would allow for more points of view, "and that's healthy for the government," said Judy Tucker, a township committee candidate and supporter of the expansion. Additionally, supporters argue that committee members currently have a heavy and "intensive" workload. However, opponents argue differently. "If it isn't broke, don't fix it," said committee member Harry Swift. Swift noted that contrary to arguments that committee members have a heavy workload, "the work gets done, and I don't think anybody is overburdened."[2]

Ballot measure supporters began circulating petitions in June 2009 and by July 8, 2009 they submitted approximately 200 signatures. A minimum of 154 signatures were required to place the measure on the November ballot. Next, the township clerk must certify the signatures and if enough signatures are verified then the petition will move on to the county clerk for addition to the November election ballot.[1]

Election result

Alexandria Township committee expansion issue
Result Votes Percentage
Defeatedd No 949 52.72%
Yes 851 47.28%
Total votes 1800 100.00%
Voter turnout 55.68%