In an effort to encourage informed participation in the upcoming General Election, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund has posted an analysis of the statewide public question that will appear on the November 2 ballot. The League also asked ten federal policy questions to all New Jersey candidates running for U.S. House of Representatives and posted candidates’ responses on the website.
The League’s analysis of the ballot question includes an easier to read interpretation of the question and reasons one might vote yes and one might vote no. The public question asks for voters to approve a constitutional amendment that would dedicate certain worker benefit funds (disability, unemployment, etc) to be used only for the purpose for which they are collected, prohibiting the State from transferring, borrowing, or appropriating these specific funds. The League provides two reasons a voter might vote yes, including “passage will require that worker benefit funds be used for the purpose for which they are collected” and two reasons a voter may vote no, including “passage will limit the ability of the Legislature to make decisions based on the State’s financial needs at any given time”. The League takes no position on this public question.
“This information gives voters a fighting chance once they’re in the voting booth. Often ballot questions are complicated and it is apparent from the number of phone calls we are receiving that New Jersey voters need more information before they can decide how to vote,” said Anne Ruach Nicolas, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. “Using our nonpartisan informational tools, voters can research the public question and informatively cast a vote which best represents their own views and positions.”
Another nonpartisan informational tool available to aid voters in making informed decisions is the 2010 Congressional Voters’ Guide. The League asked ten specific policy questions, on topics such as education funding, cap and trade, immigration, campaign finance reform, and health care reform, and posted the candidates’ responses on www.lwvnj.org.
In addition to providing these online resources, and offering a toll free hotline to assist the public with voting information, 1-800-792-VOTE, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey is also sponsoring and/or moderating 11 congressional debates throughout New Jersey’s congressional districts. The League also held almost 20 voter registration drives throughout the state in one weekend in September, and countless other registration drives during the fall election season to register voters for the November 2 General Election.
Many New Jersey voters have been calling the League’s toll free hotline, 1-800-792-VOTE, requesting information about the public question, asking about voter registration and the application process for voting by mail, and seeking information about their candidates. The League of Women Voters is an excellent resource for voters because of its strict nonpartisan stance and educational mission.