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League Newsletter January 2016

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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 Volume 30  Issue 3
  January 2016

 In This Issue

    Treasurer's Report

    Membership Update

    Voter Service

    LWVNJ Updates

    LWVUS Program Planning Input

    Upcoming Events


  2016 Calendar

    January 21
        Consensus Meeting:
            Money in Politics

    April 12
         Business Meeting

    May 16 (tentative)
        Annual Dinner Meeting


The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

welcomes information
about issues

in our League area and
encourages comments at


Treasuer's Report
Ellen Kemp said that, although declining membership means fewer dollars in dues, LWVPA is in pretty good shape financially. We have 29 dues-paying members and 8 life-time members for a total of 37. We will participate in Callathon again this year because it raises money for our League as well as for LWVNJ.

JoinUsMembership Update
Chrystal Schivell reported that at this fall's forums five people expressed interest in joining the League to work on Voter Service.  She will follow up with them while others at the meeting will try to recruit in Princeton and West Windsor. In the past, elected officials in Princeton became members of the League.

YourVoteCountsVoter Service
Elizabeth Bates and Chrystal reported instances in the last election in which voters were denied provisional ballots by board workers at the polls. Chrystal will draft a letter to the Mercer County Clerk and Board of Elections asking that the problem be addressed.

LWVNJ Updates
Lee Forbes, who along with Melissa Scott and Ellen Kemp is on the State Board, asked how best to let members know what's happening at LWVNJ without overwhelming their inboxes or Board members. The State Board Report (SBR) cannot be published to the public on the League's website, and the statewide committees send templates for letters advocating League positions to be published locally. If you have suggestions about dealing with these issues, please contact a member of the Leadership Committee. Click here to read more.
LWVUS Program Planning Input
It was agreed that, rather than suggesting new areas for study, the Princeton Area League will support Making Democracy Work as LWVUS's focus for next year. 

Upcoming Events

January 21: Consensus meeting Money in Politics
             7 PM at 24 Monroe Lane, Princeton
April 12: Princeton Area's next business meeting
         7 PM at Suzanne Patterson Building

The 2016 Annual Dinner has been tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 16 at the Salt Creek Grille.

Next year, 2017, is the League's 85th Birthday. Nancy Hall and Sandy Smith volunteered to organize a celebration, possibly as part of the 2017 Annual Dinner.

The Lawrence League is hosting a presentation by Represent Us and has invited the Princeton League to attend. Details to follow.

The LWVNJ Spring Workshop will be held on May 7th in the Morris area. Details to follow.

LWVUS Convention: June 16-19, 2016 at the Marriott in Wardman Park, Washington, DC. Members interested in attending should inform Lee Forbes.

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.