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League Newsletter April 2016

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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 Volume 30  Issue 4
  April 2016

    In This Issue

    Annual Meeting

    Voter Service

    Treasurer's Report

    Reports from LWVNJ

    LWVUS Convention

    Plans for 2016-2017

    Upcoming Events

    2016 Calendar
    Princeton Area League

    May 16
    Annual Dinner Meeting

    September 12
    Business Meeting



The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

welcomes information
about issues

in our League area and
encourages comments at


Elizabeth MattoLWV-Princeton Area Annual Meeting
Monday, May 16
6 - 8:30 PM
Salt Creek Grille
Princeton Forrestal Village

Engaging Young People in Politics and Voting: An Upbeat Report

Speaker: Elizabeth C. Matto is an Assistant Research Professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Director of the Institute’s Youth Political Participation Program (YPPP).

Members are encouraged to arrive promptly for the business meeting and then to relax and socialize over dinner and be inspired by Dr. Matto. We thank Ingrid Reed for finding our speaker. Members who know young people are urged to bring them to the dinner and to ask them to join the League. 
To learn more about the event and to register, click here.
Voter Service
Fall Voter Service Report

LWVPA registered over 100 voters, held three forums, and produced Voters Guides for seven contests. Over 1,500 voters visited our website, and the editor of The Princeton Packet paid tribute to our efforts. Click here to read full report.

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LWVUS's Online Voter Guide
It was agreed that LWVPA will join LWVNJ in using for our Voters Guides this November. New Jersey voters will now be able to find information about all their candidates in just one place. The responses of candidates running for President are already available at VOTE411. LWVNJ will create the Voters Guides for the Congressional Districts, while LWV-Princeton Area will continue to cover local municipal and school board contests. To make VOTE411 as comprehensive as it can be, more volunteers will be needed to work on Voters Guides. Training will be available at the May 7th workshops. Click here to read more about

RegisterAll 17-year-olds can now register to vote. Under previous rules 17-year-olds had to turn 18 by the next election to register, but this is no longer true. Leagues can start registering all 17-year-olds immediately. They will be entered in the statewide database as “pending” and will be allowed to vote once they turn 18.  Members of LWVPA will register at Princeton, South Brunswick, and Montgomery High Schools before the May 17th deadline.
Forums and Guides
The four Democratic candidates for two seats on Princeton Council will debate on Wednesday, May 11 at 7PM at Witherspoon Hall in Princeton. Volunteers are needed for that forum and to create Voters Guides for contested primaries among Democrats running for Freeholder in Mercer and Somerset Counties. Please contact Chrystal Schivell to volunteer.

Provisional Ballots
Provisional-BallotsDuring the November, 2015 election, League members who were poll watchers noticed that some boardworkers in Princeton did not offer provisional ballots as required. LWVPA sent a letter to Paula Sollami-Covello, Mercer County Clerk, and to the four members of the Mercer County Board of Elections alerting them to the problem. Ms. Sollami-Covello replied that she was disappointed but was not responsible for training and that she had forwarded our letter and her response to the Mercer County Board of Elections. Click here to read the correspondence. The League has not heard from them. It is known that boardworkers who were trained before the November 2015 election will not be re-trained. It was agreed that LWV-Princeton Area inform local papers about the problem and advise voters of their rights.

Treasurer's Report
Ellen Kemp reports that, given that most members pay dues at the Annual Dinner, LWVPA is solvent. We have budgeted money to send one delegate to the LWVUS Convention in June.

Reports from LWVNJ
May Fundraiser and Workshop
It was agreed that LWVPA will buy a half-page ad in the program book for the May fundraiser, as we have in the past.  The ad will honor our upcoming 85th anniversary, our members, for their contribution to our mission of serving voters, and Harriet Bryan, for her contributions to the League and to Princeton Community Housing.  The ad also extends an invitation to our Annual Dinner.

LWV-Princeton Area has agreed to support LWVNJ because it is doing the monitoring of the legislature, initiating studies, and giving other types of support. Three of our members serve on the state board, and it is at the state level that League activities, other than Voter Service, take place.

State Program Committees
Melissa Scott prepared an explanation of the role and and activities of the six statewide standing committees of LWVNJ. Members who wish to do more than local Voter Service are encouraged to join a committee by contacting Jesse Burns, LWVNJ Executive Director.

LWVUS June Convention
It was agreed that Sandy Smith will be our delegate to the LWVUS Convention. Anyone interested in attending as a non-voting delegate should register and contact Sandy or Ellen.

Note: A previous version indicated that we would have two official delegates. Due to our membership numbers (less than 50), we are entitled to just one delegate. (corrected June 3, 2016)

Plans for 2016-17
We welcome to the Leadership Committee Patricia Casey, Voter Service team, and Jennifer Howard, Advocacy team.  We thank Nancy Hall, Beverly Kestenis, and Melissa Scott, who are leaving the LC, for their contributions.  A formal vote on the LC will be taken at the business meeting that precedes the Annual Dinner.
Three business meetings are planned for next year: each at 7 PM on the second Tuesday in the months of September, January, and April at the Suzanne Patterson Building in Princeton.  Members are encouraged to suggest and implement other events, especially in collaboration with other organizations.

Upcoming Events
For more information about the events below, click here.

Sunday, April 17
Getting Beyond Racism Part II
7 - 9 PM
Suzanne Patterson Building
sponsored by the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO).  

Wednesday, April 20
Race, Gender and the 2016 Election
Nia-Malika Henderson, CNN Senior Political Reporter
7 PM
Douglass Campus Center, Trayes Hall
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
100 George Street, New Brunswick
Wednesday, April 27
Big Sky, Big Money
7 PM
Mercer County Library, Lawrence Branch
"Big Sky, Big Money” is a film about money, politics and intrigue. How has the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision changed campaigns in America? How can we reclaim citizen participation and representative democracy? After the movie, there will be a discussion.
Saturday, May 7
2016 and Beyond: Serving NJ Voters
8:30 AM - 3 PM
College of Saint Elizabeth (St. Joseph's Hall)
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

Summaries of LWV-Princeton Area monthly meetings may be found at

Reminders about upcoming events will continue to be sent by email, but everyone should go to the League website and click on rss-button Subscribe to be sure of missing nothing.