Tag Archives: New Jersey

2011 Voters Guide for Senate and Assembly Races Now Available!

Do you know where your candidates for the upcoming General Election stand on hot button issues like unemployment, property taxes, education, eminent domain, and the state’s energy needs? As part of an effort to encourage informed participation, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey has published the responses of the candidates running for New Jersey Senate and Assembly to 10 hard hitting questions about these issues in its 2011 Voters Guide.  This guide is available on the League’s website, www.lwvnj.org.

The questions reflect what matters most to New Jersey’s voters. Listed by district, the online 2011 Voters Guide provides an easy way of accessing the candidates’ responses. There is a link to help voters find their district, which may have changed as a result of the 2010 census and redistricting.

There is also an analysis of the statewide public question that will appear on the November 8th ballot. The League’s analysis of the ballot question includes the question and interpretive statement that will be found on the ballot, as well as a background of the question and reasons for voting yes and reasons for voting no.  The statewide public question asks if voters will allow the Legislature, when permitted by federal law, to legalize the placing of bets on certain sports events at casinos, racetracks, and former racetrack sites.

VoteThe 2011 Voters Guide, the ballot question analysis, redistricting information, and a wealth of additional voter service information can be found at www.lwvnj.org. In addition, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey also offers a toll-free hotline, 1-800-792-VOTE (8683) for members of the public to call in with their voting questions. That hotline is staffed during business hours and will also be available on Election Day while the polls are open (6 am – 8 pm) for voters in need of assistance.

Deadlines Approaching for November General Election

Voter Registration WeekendElection Day is coming up!  New Jersey’s General Election will take place on November 8, 2011. This year, all 120 seats in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly are up for election.  The results of this very important election will determine fiscal and policy decisions that will impact our communities for years. It is crucial that every eligible resident registers and votes on November 8.  The polls will be open from 6 am – 8 pm.

The deadline to register to vote or to submit a change of name or address for the November 8 election is Tuesday, October 18. The registration form is available on the League of Women Voters of New Jersey’s website, www.lwvnj.org. If you are not sure if you are registered you can look up that information on the New Jersey Division of Elections website, www.njelections.org.

In New Jersey, any voter can vote by mail, using a “Vote by Mail” ballot (formerly absentee ballot) in any election, but the deadlines for applying are quickly approaching. Applications can be found on the League of Women Voters of New Jersey website, www.lwvnj.org. If you choose to send your application by mail, it must be received by your County Clerk no later than Tuesday, November 1. There is a 3 p.m. deadline on November 7 to apply for a “Vote by Mail” ballot in person at the County Clerk’s office.

For additional information or clarification about the November 8 General Election, go to www.lwvnj.org or call the League of Women Voters of New Jersey’s toll free voter information line, 1-800- 792-VOTE (8683).

Education: Accountability in a New Landscape

Join the League of Women Voters of New Jersey for a lively panel discussion examining accountability in traditional public schools and charter schools. New Jersey education experts will discuss, debate, and offer insight into current education policy trends. Panelists are sure to touch on many current education topics including tenure and teacher evaluation, charter school authorization, and others as they discuss their ideas for education reform.

When: Saturday, September 24, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Where: PSEG Training Center, 234 Pierson Ave, Edison, NJ

Register: The registration deadline is this Friday, September 16th! Learn more about the event and register online!

This panel discussion will be moderated by John Mooney, education reporter and founding editor of NJSpotlight.com. There will be plenty of time for questions!

Panelists include:

Dr. Rosemary Knab, Associate Director, NJEA Research and Economic Services

Dr. Brian Osborne, Superientendent of Schools, South Orange & Maplewood

Dr. Julia Sass Rubin, Association Professor at Edward J. Bloustein School and one of the founding members of Save our Schools NJ

Dr. Alan R. Sadovnik, Professor of Education, Sociology, and Public Affairs and co-director of the Institute on Education Law and Policy and Newark Schools Research Collaborative, Rutgers University-Newark.

Workshops

In the afternoon, we will hold skill-building workshops. This year you have the opportunity to attend either

Moderator Training

An experienced trainer and moderator will teach you your responsibilities, including our updated procedures, using a manual and role-playing. This workshop is a double session precluding attendence at any other.

or two of the following workshops:

Effective Lobbying

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is strengthening our Lobby Corps!    Are you interested in learning how you can be a part of our advocacy efforts, take on a leadership role in the League, and make a positive difference? Join longtime League lobbyist Sandy Matsen to learn effective lobbying techniques.

Membership and Leadership Development

This year, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey is participating in a national initiative aimed at increasing membership! Come learn how your local League can benefit from the best practices our state membership coaches have learned from LWVUS.

Starting a “Running & Winning” Workshop

Come learn how you can start this popular program that introduces high school girls in your community to public service. This is a wonderful way to engage your members and gain new members. The League of Women Voters of New Jersey even has resources and money to help your local League kick off this program!

BrandRaising: Marketing the League

For-profit companies invest significantly in marketing and communications in order to build their customer base and raise awareness. Traditionally, nonprofits have not used marketing strategies and tools in the same way…but should! Come learn how the League can use these proven techniques and tools (like social media) to raise funds, improve outreach, and increase visibility!

Register by Friday, September 16th to avoid the late fee!

LWVNJ Education Fund Prepares Voters for November 2 General Election with Nonpartisan Ballot Question Analysis and Congressional Voters’ Guide

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.

Are You Being Heard?

It is a busy time in Trenton – Budget hearings are taking place, bills are being debated, and your state representatives are making decisions that will impact your daily life. The 2010 New Jersey Citizens Guide to Government is the invaluable resource you need for quick, easy to reference contact information to express your positions on legislation and your budget priorities to your elected officials.

The New Jersey Citizens Guide to Government includes updated contact information for state and federal elected officials, information on political parties and affiliation, civics information for different levels of government, tips for effective communication with elected officials, and an easy to reference district locator for legislative and congressional districts.

You can use the Guide to:

  • Learn best practices for contacting your elected officials to express your views on important legislation;
  • Educate yourself about voting in New Jersey and your rights as a voter;
  • Provide information to your friends and family about registering to vote;
  • Teach your children important civic information;
  • Give a Guide to first time voters in your neighborhood, civic organizations, or religious community;
  • Donate this vital resource to nonprofits, schools, or libraries in your community; and
  • Become a better informed, empowered voice in government.

The new Guide also reflects recent changes, including a new Governor, New Jersey’s first-ever Lieutenant Governor, new Assembly members, and newly appointed executive officials. It also reflects the changes that have occurred in the past year in New Jersey’s voting procedures, including replacing absentee ballots with “vote by mail” ballots and important election dates and deadlines for 2010.

The Guides, published annually by the LWVNJ Education Fund, are available for purchase from the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. To own this important tool, please mail your order form and check today (calculate cost)! If you have any questions, contact the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at jburns@lwvnj.org.