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63rd LWVNJ Biennial Convention

posted Mar 25, 2019, 2:32 PM by Ellen Kemp
Defending Democracy for the Next 100 Years!


The 63rd Biennial Convention of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8 am - 4 pm
The Imperia, Somerset, NJ
Join the League of Women Voters of New Jersey for our Biennial State Convention featuring:
  • Morning breakfast and networking, inspirational speeches, and the opportunity to inform decisions that will impact the future of the organization. 

  • Training sessions, specifically designed to strengthen our grassroots engagement and Get out the Vote efforts ahead of the 2019 General election. 

  • The business of voting on program, nominations, bylaws, and the budget.

  • Lunch Ceremony featuring awards honoring our 50 year members and outstanding achievements by local Leagues, and keynote address by Ari Berman

Ari Berman is a senior reporter at Mother Jones covering voting rights and a reporting fellow at Type Media Center. Rachel Maddow calls him “the best reporter in the country on national voting rights issues.” He is the winner of a 2017 Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media and Business Insider named him one of the 50 most influential political pundits in the US. He is the author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in AmericaGive Us the Ballot was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, The Boston Globe and Kirkus Reviews and Notable Book of the Year by both The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. It was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. Berman has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR. His first book was Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics


Please also plan to join us on Friday, May 3  to celebrate  "Making Democracy Work" with a cocktail reception and awards ceremony at the Imperia at 6:30 pm.  We hope that you will make a weekend of it, spending Friday and Saturday celebrating at both the cocktail reception and Convention. We are offering a $35 discount when you register for these events together using the option available during the registration process.

Registration:  Registration is available online at You can register for Convention only ($110), for the Convention and Cocktail Reception combined ($200), or for Convention lunch only ($45). You will need to indicate if you are a delegate or a non-voting guest when you register. If you do not want to pay online, you can send a check to LWVNJ, 204 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. There is a hotel block available until April 3rd – details are below and on the registration link. 

Delegate information:

All members and supporters of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey are invited to the Convention. However, only delegates will be permitted to vote on League business. Please contact your local League president about serving as a voting delegate for your League. If your local League delegation is full, or you are a League member that is not part of a local League but wish to serve as a voting delegate, please contact Pat Thompson at 


Hotel information:

A room block has been reserved at the Springhill Suites Somerset Marriott, 10 Cedar Grove Lane, Somerset, under the name League of Women Voters of New Jersey.  Double/queen room cost is $125 and includes hot breakfast and shuttle service to/from the Imperia. Call 732-595-5100 or go online here to make your reservations by April 3rd. 


Register by Monday, April 15, 2019. We look forward to an energizing and productive state Convention!