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League Newsletter June 2013

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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 
Update  
 Volume 27  Issue 6
 June 2013

   In This Issue

    Annual Dinner Meeting

    Plans for 2013-14

    LWVNJ Convention Highlights

    Voter Service Report

    Finance Report and Voting

    Keynote Speech

    Comments to
            Leadership Committee



  2013 Calendar

   Meeting Dates

   
September 24, 7 PM
        Suzanne Patterson Building

   October 8, 7 PM
        Suzanne Patterson Building 

    November 12, 10:30 AM 
        Princeton Public Library
 

    December 10, 10:30 AM 
        Princeton Public Library

    January 14, 10:30 AM 
        Princeton Public Library

    February 11, 10:30 AM 
        Princeton Public Library

    March 11, 10:30 AM
        Princeton Public Library 
       

    April 8, 7 PM
        Suzanne Patterson Building

    May 13, 7 PM
        Suzanne Patterson Building

    June 10, 7 PM
        Suzanne Patterson Building             


    Special Events -
            Please Volunteer!
 

    August 6
        National Night Out
        West Windsor

    August 6
        Community Night Out
        Princeton

    August 26
        Women's Equality Day

    September Saturdays
        Voter Registration at
        West Windsor
        Farmers' Market

    September 19
        Voter Registration at
        Princeton Farmers' Market

    September 20-21
        Voter Registration to meet
        deadline for October 16
        Senate-seat election

    September 21
        LWVNJ Fall Workshops

    September 27-28
        Statewide Voter
        Registration Weekend

    October 10
        Voter Registration at
        Princeton Farmers' Market

    April 25, 2014
        Stand Against Racism

    April ?  , 2014
        Communiversity

 


 

The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

welcomes information
about issues

in our League area and
encourages comments at

lwvprinceton@gmail.com

 
Annual Dinner Meeting
AnnualMeeting2013The Annual Meeting was held June 10th at the Salt Creek Grille.  The thirty guests were given LWV pins and tote bags and encouraged to increase League visibility and thus membership. Sandy Smith welcomed everyone and introduced new members. Sheila Berkelhammer thanked the League for its continuing support of Princeton Community Housing, the largest provider of affordable housing in Princeton. Sheila stated that PCH has close to 500 units for families and the elderly, which house close to 950 people, and has 900 names on its waiting list. Sandy then summarized the year's many, exciting activities. Read more about the annual meeting.

Plans for 2013-14 
Guests were given a handout describing next year's new meeting times and places, events already planned, and new activities, such as the Action Committee, Lobby Corps, and Observer Corps.
Click here to see and download the handout.


LWVNJ Convention Highlights
Lee Forbes described the thrill of meeting Elizabeth McNamara, LWVUS President, celebrating the Hurricane Heroes, who coordinated voting after Sandy, and  winning the Communications Award. She reported that a new study, Human Trafficking, was approved, as was an update to the League's position on charter schools. Lee's other remarks were taken from the report already online, LWVNJ Convention 2013.  Click here to read the full report.

Voter Service Report
Chrystal Schivell summarized the year's events and urged members to initiate their own voter registrations and debates – and to keep thinking of questions for candidates for the Voters' Guides. Click here to read Chrystal's speech.


Finance Report and Voting
Ellen Kemp submitted a budget for 2013-14 that, if dues are increased, would be balanced. Members voted to increase dues to $60 per individual and $90 per household, with student membership remaining at $22. Members also voted to accept the Leadership Committee and to reaffirm all Princeton League positions except the consolidation of Princeton Borough and Township, which has been accomplished. Read more in the Annual Meeting report.
 
Keynote Speech
PennyVenetisPenny Venetis, Clinical Professor of Law at Rutgers, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, and Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise Scholar, spoke about voting rights. Calling the League a “beacon of integrity and ethics,” Ms. Venetis urged us to stay vigilant regardless of whether or not Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act survives in the Supreme Court's upcoming decision. The areas in which legislative actions could still infringe on voting rights include: voter ID laws, voter fraud laws, and restrictions on early voting and on voter registration that make it difficult for organizations like the League to register voters.

Felony disenfranchisement is another concern.  Ms. Venetis urged the League to work to amend the NJ constitution to end felony disenfranchisement (LWV-Princeton Area is hoping to start an Action Committee to restore voting rights to all parolees and probationers who are U.S. Citizens, an LWVNJ position. See Plans for 2013-14).

After telling several chilling stories about the ease with which voting machines can be hacked, Ms. Venetis complimented the New Jersey legislature for having passed laws in 2007 that make paper ballots count as votes.  She said that the League should insist that the executive branch implement these laws and incorporate a voter-verified paper ballot. Ms. Venetis warned against Internet voting as even less secure than voting machines.

In conclusion, Ms. Venetis reminded us that the Right to Vote is the right from which all other rights derive. Click here to read the full report of her remarks.


Comments to the Leadership Committee
All members are encouraged to send comments, suggestions, or questions about our League to our gmail address lwvprinceton@gmail.com or contact any member of the Leadership Committee. Please join one of the teams on the Leadership Committee. There is a role for every member!

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

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