TRENTON — Legislation to move local fire district elections to November is on its way to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.

In an effort to increase voter participation, Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s legislation would allow a district’s board of fire commissioners to move its election date from February to November.

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“More people will come out to vote in November,” said Dancer, R-Ocean. “It just makes sense, particularly given the extra cost of conducting these special elections early in the year. With barely 2 percent of voters participating in fire elections, the record speaks for itself.”

This comes after a 2012 law that allowed school districts the option of moving their elections from April to November.

According to the state School Boards Association, all but 17 districts were holding November elections by 2016.

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Waldy Diez joined the Press of Atlantic City's breaking news team in July 2017. She's a graduate of Syracuse and Rowan Universities. Previously, she was a morning tv news producer.

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