Will Elections be Free and Fair? Will Voting be Safe?

posted May 13, 2020, 4:54 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated May 13, 2020, 4:59 PM ]

The MIT Sloan Club of New York cordially invites you to a timely Voting Access Virtual Event

Tuesday, May 19, 4 - 5:15 p.m.

Will Elections be Free and Fair? Will Voting be Safe?

Keynote Speaker: 
  • Charles Stewart III, PhD, MIT Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Founding Director, MIT Election Data and Science Lab and MIT Director, The Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project.
  • Jordan Fuchs is Deputy Secretary of State for the State of Georgia. As Deputy Secretary, Jordan is responsible for elections in the State of Georgia;
  • Ben Adida, PhD, is Founder and Executive Director of VotingWorks, a non-partisan, non-profit NGO building a secure, affordable voting system. Ben received his PhD in Computer Science at MIT, focusing on Cryptography and Information Security. 
  • Jessica Huseman is lead reporter for ProPublica’s Electionland initiative.
Q&A to follow

Princeton Children's Fund

posted Apr 13, 2020, 4:25 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Apr 13, 2020, 4:25 PM ]

Princeton Children's Fund

Princeton Community Housing is requesting donations to help local residents with their rent through the Princeton Children’s Fund —

For those in need of assistance and who are Princeton residents or who have children enrolled in a Princeton school, the form for applying for aid through the Princeton Coronavirus Emergency Fund is:

Memorial Service for Frieda Gilvarg

posted Mar 14, 2020, 10:49 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 8:59 AM ]

The family of Frieda Gilvarg has postponed its memorial service, due to Covid-19.

For more information or questions, please contact Frieda's daughter, Gail Gilvarg Nickols at

LWVNJ Statement about COVID-19

posted Mar 9, 2020, 4:09 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Apr 1, 2020, 1:13 PM ]

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is closely following state, federal, and industry issued updates and guidance regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our members is our number one priority. We encourage our local Leagues and our members to put their health and comfort first and to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

For more information about voting during a time of Covid-19, please visit the LWVNJ website.

We understand that the work the League does defending democracy and empowering voters is vital, particularly in this high interest election year, and we are hard at work ensuring that we have plans in place to mitigate impact on our programs.
  • The League of Women Voters of New Jersey state staff is meeting 3/16 to develop work plans if the office must close. Most staff members can work remotely. If the office does have to close, or f our employees become sick, local Leagues and members should expect delays in response time. However, it is unlikely there will be a complete halt in our services. In addition, the Executive Director is communicating with vendors to ensure the League’s operations are not impacted. 
  • The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is prioritizing virtual voter education and census education information. This includes, social media, ensuring proper implementation of online voter registration, emails, and webinars. 
  • The League of Women Voters of New Jersey Board of Directors will increase meetings as needed to issue guidance to our local Leagues, and we will communicate more frequently. We encourage you to reach out to your board liaisons with questions. 
Here are several resources that you might find helpful when making decisions regarding your local League events and programs. Please be aware that updates are occurring frequently and the recommendations here might change quickly.
We understand that this is an uncertain time and we thank you for your willingness to work closely as we all try to ensure the League can be as impactful as possible. Please consider this a dialogue and reach out with questions, suggestions, and concerns. 

Jesse Burns at
Thank you,
LWVNJ Board of Directors

LWVNJ Centennial Luncheon

posted Feb 21, 2020, 6:36 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 7:33 AM ]

We will announce the rescheduled date as soon as we can.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey will be holding an afternoon sit down luncheon to celebrate our 100th anniversary! Join us to reflect on our roots in the Suffragist movement, honor past presidents, applaud our members' achievements, and get ready for the next 100 years of fighting for voting rights. .

We have a lot to celebrate together. We also have a lot to look forward to. We know that we can count on future generations of League members to follow in these footsteps. Our 100 years of experience positions us to mentor and mobilize the next generation of activists. You are guaranteed to leave this inspirational afternoon feeling proud of your involvement in the League and ready to get to work on keeping the League strong and vital for the next 100 years! Invite your friends and family to share in this historic moment.

Sit Down Luncheon featuring your choice:
Grilled New York Sirloin Steak, Blue Cheese and Mushrooms
Chicken Florentine Bechamel, Francaise Chicken, Spinach, Pecorina, Mozzarella
Grilled Fillet of Salmon, Chive Beurre Blanc
Chef's Vegetarian selection
Chef's Gluten-Free selection

Living History Project:
We want to hear your stories! Please reflect on why you joined the League of Women Voters and what satisfaction the League has brought you. Your responses will be shared in a commemorative program distributed at the luncheon. We want to hear about the impact the League has made on your life. Please email your 250 word response to by February 24, 2020.

Special Tributes:
Local Leagues and League members have the opportunity to include an ad in the commemorative luncheon program in celebration of an achievement or in honor of an extraordinary League leader. Half page ads are available for $250. Contact Jesse Burns at for more information about purchasing an ad.

Centennial Campaign:
Our Luncheon will feature an update on our Centennial Campaign and offer inspiration from the past and for the future. In order to plan for the next 100 years, the League has a mobilized a Centennial Campaign to provide the financial resources we need to monitor the health and quality of our democracy and sustain long-term stewardship efforts. If you are unable to attend the luncheon, but are interested in discussing how you contribute to our Centennial Campaign, contact Jesse Burns at

From LWVNJ: We will announce the rescheduled date as soon as we can.

Is Civics Dead?

posted Feb 20, 2020, 1:01 PM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Feb 20, 2020, 1:01 PM ]

Is Civics Dead

Elaine Weiss to Speak at Princeton Public Library

posted Feb 20, 2020, 10:22 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Mar 25, 2020, 2:43 PM ]

Event Canceled due to Covid-19

Author Elaine Weiss: “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote”

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Woman's Hour
Author and journalist Elaine Weiss discusses her book “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.” The book is the story of the multi-faceted 1920 struggle to get the state of Tennessee to ratify the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.

From the publisher’s website:

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote; one last state – Tennessee – is needed for women’s voting rights to be the law of the land. The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and racists who don’t want black women voting. And then there are the “Antis” – women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the nation’s moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation, replete with booze and blackmail, betrayal and courage. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, “The Woman’s Hour” is the gripping story of how America’s women won their own freedom, and the opening campaign in the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

Elaine Weiss
Elaine Weiss
is a journalist and author whose mgazine feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her byline has appeared in many national publications, as well as in reports for National Public Radio. Her book about the woman suffrage movement, “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” has earned glowing reviews from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR, among others, and she has presented talks about the book and the woman suffrage movement across the country.

In advance of Weiss’s talk at the library, join in a discussion of her book on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Historical Society of Princeton.

NEH Seal

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A New Take on History

posted Feb 4, 2020, 11:13 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Feb 4, 2020, 11:13 AM ]

Coming this May: The History of Secession

This past summer, LWV of the Greater New Brunswick Area (LWVGNBA) sponsored two high school social studies teachers to attend a program at Harvard where they learned how to use the Harvard Case Method Project to teach history. The teachers will give a public presentation later this year.

The presentation will be led by Robert Fenster of Hillsborough High School and James Washburn of Montgomery High School. Mr. Fenster was recently selected as the 2019 Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Council for the Social Studies. The topic will be Secession.

Please mark your calendar now for this special presentation 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 7:00 PM
Hillsborough High School


Please note: This is a participatory event. About a month before the meeting, participants will be emailed a link to materials to study in preparation for the evening. One does not need to be an LWV member to participate. Members of the community are welcome.

If you would like to register, please email Steve Lax at with your name and email address and put “Hillsborough Harvard Case Study” in the subject line to assure a spot.

U.S. Election Security

posted Jan 24, 2020, 10:59 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Jan 24, 2020, 11:00 AM ]

MIT Club of Princeton presents:

Magic Math, 10-Sided Dice, and Deep Fakes:

A 2020 Vision of U.S. Election Security 

Rebecca Mercuri, PhD

Thursday March 5, 2020 7:30-9 pm

Princeton University, CS Room 105

Join MIT alumni as we learn about electronic voting systems and issues regarding their implementation, use, and security. Our expert speaker will be Dr. Rebecca Mercuri. Note: All may attend. One does not have to attended MIT to attend.

Despite the provision of a $380M federal grant to enhance technology and improve security in the 2018 midterm elections, machine failures and computer malfunctions again plagued polling places (in GA, PA, NY, IN, TX, and MA), resulting in late openings, long lines, and turned-away voters. Poor ballot layouts resurfaced in Florida, resulting in nearly 25,000 missed votes and the removal of the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, due to "misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty." Many of the unauditable electronic voting machines are now being replaced with paper ballots and scanners, but creative State legislation (including in FL, MI and CA) and new tactics (such as risk-limiting audits) are increasingly being used to thwart and prohibit comprehensive recounts, even when results fall within the range of equipment error. This talk examines some of the shenanigans that we may be looking forward to seeing in 2020, sheds light on the reasons why contrived (and even avoidable) disenfranchisement continues to play a fundamental role in American Democracy, and offers some suggestions for improvement.

Rebecca Mercuri is the founder of Notable Software, Inc., where she provides cybersecurity, standards compliance, and expert witness services. Currently she is authoring a book on digital forensic investigations from the standpoint of criminal defense. Dr. Mercuri is well-known for having provided testimony in the Bush v. Gore election controversy, less than a month after defending her doctoral dissertation (Electronic Vote Tabulation: Checks and Balances) at the University of Pennsylvania's Engineering School. Her website and commentary on election technology at is considered to be a primary resource and has been predictive of many of the problems and solutions in current relevance in that field.

Registration is required. Register Here. The pre-meeting dinner is pay-as-you-go. Light refreshments will be available at the presentation.

5:30 PM – pre-meeting dinner- Despaña Restaurant & Tapas Café: 235 Nassau St. Princeton, 08540

7:30 PM – presentation, Q&A- Princeton University - Computer Science Building room 105

Contact Information                                                          

Primary Contact: Larry Ward

Secondary ContactShahla Wunderlich

Date & Location

Date: 3/5/2020
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Princeton University Computer Science Building, CS 105

LWVNJ to Receive Proclamation

posted Jan 21, 2020, 11:31 AM by Ellen Kemp   [ updated Jan 21, 2020, 11:31 AM ]

LWVNJ 100th anniversary proclamtion
Please join us for a special 100th anniversary event. On February 10, 2020, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey will receive a proclamation in honor of this historic milestone. League members are invited to attend and view the proclamation presentation from the Senate Gallery, where there will be a section roped off for League members and supporters.

February 10th, 2020 (arrive no later than 1:30 pm)

New Jersey State House, Senate Gallery

We are also hosting an open house at our office (204 West State Street, Trenton) that day starting at 10 am. Open house hours are 10 am – 1 pm (then we will head over to the State House) and 3 pm – 5 pm (after the conclusion of the proclamation ceremony).

RSVP: Please RSVP to by February 7th.
All League members are invited to attend.

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