The League of Women Voters of New Jersey will hold a cocktail reception and awards ceremony honoring Hurricane Heroes on May 3 at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village. These individuals and organizations worked tirelessly to ensure that New Jersey voters could participate in the 2012 General Election during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
“The destruction cause by Hurricane Sandy could have been devastating to our general election process,” said Toni Zimmer, President of the League. “There were 800 polling places initially without power, and thousands of voters were displaced. Our state is made up of 565 individual municipalities, with just as many local municipal clerks, yet somehow they all managed to work together with county and state officials to assist many of the 5,4 million registered voters of New Jersey whose opportunity to vote was jeopardized by the storm.”
- Robert Giles, NJ Division of Elections
- Alexander Shalom, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
- Mary Ciccone, Disability Rights New Jersey
- Catherine Weiss, Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest
- NJ County Election Officials and County and Municipal Clerks
- Volunteers and members of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey
“These individuals and organizations took extraordinary measures to ensure New Jersey’s citizens could exercise their right to vote, in ways we thought would never be possible,” said Zimmer. “They deserve our gratitude and I hope the public will join the League in thanking them for their service and commitment to democracy.”
The reception will begin at 6:00 pm and is open to the public, with a $125 registration fee. You can find more information and register here or call the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at 609-394-3303.