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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.

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Educate. Advocate. Empower.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey (LWVNJ) will hold our 59th Biennial Statewide Convention Saturday, April 30th at the Verizon Headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. LWVNJ is a grassroots network, directed by the consensus of its members throughout the state. Local League delegates will have the opportunity to vote on the business of the state League including program, nominations, bylaws and the budget. There will also be opportunities to discuss topics such as immigration, natural resources, voting, moderating and membership. Marcia Merrins’, LWVUS Board Member, will lead an important discussion on defending the League’s nonpartisan stance—a discussion that will be particularly useful to League moderators.

This year’s luncheon speaker is the founding editor of NJ Spotlight, John Mooney, who will speak about the present state of education in New Jersey. He has covered education issues for 15 years as a reporter for the Newark Star Ledger and Bergen Record and recently has been a contributing writer for the New York Times.

The awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon. During this time, LWVNJ will honor the service of local Leagues and the contributions of outstanding individuals, moderators, and 50-year members.

During the luncheon, there will be the raffle drawing in which three lucky ticket holders will have the chance to win a new laptop, a Kindle, or an iPad2. There is still time to purchase your raffle tickets and you do not have to attend the convention to win. The proceeds of this raffle benefit LWVNJ-EF’s mission to educate the public and promote civic participation. Tickets can be purchased online or by mailing a check made out to LWVNJ-EF Raffle, 204 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608.

Register for the 59th Biennial Convention today! The registration deadline is Friday, April 15th. A late fee will apply after this date.

Register Online or Register by Mail.

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Following in their Footsteps

The following is a continuation in a series highlighting members of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey.

Anne Ruach Nicolas began her journey to the League of Women Voters at a very young age. As a child, she was struck by a photograph she saw mounted on her grandmother’s wall. After asking her grandmother about the photograph, Anne was told the story of Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the British suffragist movement. In the photograph, Emmeline is being held by a police officer who is arresting her for attending a protest to support women’s right to vote. Speaking of the photograph, Anne says:

“Emmeline is fighting for women to have the right to vote, so I don’t take voting for granted. I want to be a part of an organization with a rich history of social justice combined with the mission of empowering everyone in the voting booth.”

Identifying with Emmeline’s passion for social justice, Anne found a place at the League of Women Voters of New Jersey where she is able to continue making positive changes in the community. She believes that the League of Women Voters:

“…is an important asset to the community because of its nonpartisan stance and its thoughtful and educated discussion of the issues.”

Our society needs such an organization with members who fight for the rights of the people. Without the League, many people would not be seeking the necessary education to be active members of our democratic society. Anne strongly encourages active participation in government and through her position at the League of Women Voters she is able to spread awareness about important issues to educate and create a community of informed voters. Her work with the League of Women Voters has had a tremendous impact on the community. Speaking of some of the League’s accomplishments, Anne says:

“We’ve educated thousands of voters through our educational publications, our voter hotlines and our educational forums. We’ve helped shape the landscape on issues such as election reform, the environment and educating New Jersey’s children.”

Anne also notes that there aren’t many places left where one can have an informed and educated discussion about the issues. This is one reason why it is important for others to get involved with the League. The League, and League meetings:

“…are a modern day version of a town square.”