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League Newsletter January 2017

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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 Volume 31  Issue 3
  January 2017

    In This Issue

    Voter Service

    Sexual Assaults Consensus

    Membership Update


LWVNJ Updates

    Upcoming Events


    2016-17 Calendar

    Princeton Area League
    April 11, 2017
    Business Meeting


The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

welcomes information
about issues

in our League area and
encourages comments at
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Voter Service
Chrystal Schivell reported that her draft letter asking that candidates be required to supply email addresses when filing for office is being handled by LWVNJ and that since advocacy may be necessary to advance her request, the LWVNJ Board must give approval of the letter.
Wanted: Voter Service chair
Chrystal Schivell is stepping down as chair in June but will remain on the Voter Service team as mentor and the organizer of forums. Voter Service truly is a team effort. Sandy Smith will continue to oversee registrations and Patricia Casey Connolly will assist with VOTE411 or Voters’ Guides. The team also includes members who will cover races in their own municipalities.

Consensus on Sexual Assaults
in the College Community

Nine members attended the meeting, and one response was submitted by email. It was noted that one of the concerns driving the need for this study is the policy of many colleges to encourage students to report sexual assaults to the college rather than to law enforcement. The consensus was to agree with or include all but three items. The full report is available on the Members Only page of the LWV-Princeton Area website

Membership Update
Ellen reported that we have a total of 47 members, which entitles us to three voting delegates at the April 29, 2017 State Convention. If membership increases to more than 50, we could have one more delegate. We are entitled to one delegate to National conventions until the membership increases to beyond 50.

callathonWe will participate in Callathon again this year because it raises money for our League as well as for LWVNJ (See Treasurer's Report, on Members Only page of our website, for the amount raised in 2016).  Jessica Knowlton will chair Callathon.  Please email Jessica to say you are willing to call members to remind them to donate: 
LWVNJ Updates
Lee Forbes, who, along with Melissa Scott and Ellen Kemp, is on the State Board, informed members that Sandy Matsen has updated LWVNJ’s  “Study and Action” for 2015-17.  It is summarized on our websitewith a link to the full LWVNJ report.

Nonpartisan policy
The Leadership Committee has agreed to follow LWVNJ’s non-partisan policy rather than create a local version. The policy is posted on our website.

Lee suggested that the Leadership Committee meet to update the bylaws to conform to current practice and to LWVNJ’s bylaws. The revised bylaws will be put to a vote at the Annual Dinner.

Program Planning for 2017-2019
It was agreed to suggest no changes in local or state positions.
Upcoming Events
The Lawrence League has invited all Leagues in Mercer County to participate in a Community Program on the topic of voting machines. New Jersey is one of five states in which all voters use electronic voting machines that leave no voter-verified paper trail. The program will take place in the spring, most likely in May, and will be open to the public. Our Leadership Committee has agreed that our League will participate. The proposed format is a panel discussion by experts on this topic.
The Annual Dinner will be held on a Monday in May, probably at the Salt Creek Grille; but to avoid conflict with the Lawrence program, no date has been set.  

Next Business Meeting

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7-9 PM

Suzanne Patterson Building, Princeton

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.