• Petitioning Mayor and Common Council, City of Summit

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Mayor and Common Council, City of Summit

Remove Voting from the Summit Public Schools

    1. Petition by

      Concerned Parents of Summit, NJ

For a few days each year, absolutely anyone is able to walk, unquestioned, into the Summit Public Schools to vote. Parents of schoolchildren are required to call ahead before they come into school, get "buzzed in" the locked school doors, and wear identifying badges while visiting school. Voters are able to walk in unlocked school doors and through school hallways without question, identification, or supervision.  No additional indoor security is provided by the Board of Elections, the Board of Education, or the Summit Police Department.  The lack of oversight and forethought on this issue puts the more than 3,400 children and staff in the Summit Public Schools in harm's way, and though discussions on the matter have been happening for years, absolutely nothing has been done. 

This is a tragedy waiting to happen.   According to data maintained by Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been approximately 74 school shootings in the 18 months since the December 2012 incident in Newtown, CT.   The majority of these incidents, 39 in total, have taken place in K-12 schools.  This averages to more than one shooting per week while school is in session.  This is a national issue, affecting a total of 31 states, which have experienced gun violence in their schools.  It would be foolhardy to assume that Summit, NJ, is somehow immune to this risk.  We ask the Common Council to put our children first, support the effort to remove voting from the Summit Public Schools, and assist the citizens in cutting through the red tape with the Union County Board of Elections...before we're dealing with crime scene tape.

Mayor and Common Council, City of Summit
I am in support of removing voting from the Summit Public Schools

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Petition update...September 2014

      Thank you for signing this important petition and joining us in working to protect Summit's children. Since last spring, we have learned that although the superintendent and the Board of Education have addressed this concern numerous times, they have not been successful in bringing it to a conclusion. It is apparent that it is now up to the parents and taxpayers to get something done, which means meeting with Summit's Common Council. So far, the Council has not been very receptive to the idea of removing voting from the schools, even though many towns around us, including New Providence and Berkeley Heights, have removed or are working to remove schools as polling venues. Please, join us in our effort to get this petition signed by as many people as possible. Forward it to all of your friends and families, and if you haven't already done so, please comment in the petition's comment section as to why removing voting from Summit's schools is important to you. Thank you for your help!

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rose Nelson SUMMIT, NJ
      • 5 days ago

      I have grandchildren in the Summit schools.

    • Jessica Oppenheim SUMMIT, NJ
      • 8 days ago

      It is too dangerous to allow public access to our schools. Please change this practive asap. Thank you!

    • Elisabeth Grennon SUMMIT, NJ
      • 8 days ago

      This is important b/c both my children are at Brayton and the doors remain wide open for anyone to enter during voting hours. We recently had a scare of a man trying to get a child into his car on Ashland Rd. after school. We need to make sure we are protecting our children while they are in school. It is just common sense given the current environment we live in. I grew up in Summit and went to Lincoln School and I understand the convenience of voting close to home. I also appreciate voting at Brayton before going to work. I am willing to go a little further in order to keep our children safe.

    • Julie Lanzone SUMMIT, NJ
      • 9 days ago

      Safety for my children

    • jim gamgort SUMMIT, NJ
      • 11 days ago

      this is very concerning and i support moving the voting out of the schools.


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