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League Newsletter May 2011

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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 Volume 25  Issue 5
  May 2011  

In This Issue

79th Annual Meeting

About Our Speaker

A Brief Recent History

State Convention

Treasurer's Report

Notes from National

Dates to Consider

May 17:
Last day to register to vote in the June Primary Election

June 7:
Primary Election

June 9:
79th Annual Meeting LWV of the Princeton Area
(see lead article)


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The League of Women Voters
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Kingston, NJ 08528

79th Annual Meeting
Please Join Us for Our Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting
DATE: Thursday, June 9
PLACE: Windrows – off Route One
TIME: 11:30- 2:30 PM
SPEAKER: Donna Liu - "New Ways of Communication"
MENU:  Quiche Lorraine or Mushroom Quiche, Salad, Fruit Tart; Beverages provided
COST: $20
Please make out your check to LWV- Princeton Area and send to

Ellen Kemp, 18 Inverness Drive, Kendall Park, NJ 08824

About our Speaker
Donna LiuDonna Liu will be our speaker at our annual June meeting. Donna Liu is a digital journalist who has lived in Princeton with her family since 2002. She founded AllPrinceton in 2010 as an online hub for community news and information. She is now the director of AllPrinceton. As Director for Strategic Initiatives at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Liu oversaw the use of new media in public policy education. She was the founder and executive director of the UChannel Project, a multimedia portal for recordings of public lectures and events from an international consortium of universities. She was also the WWS facilitator for PolicyNet, a social networking tool hosted by CIGI (the Centre for International Governance Innovation), and dedicated to collaboration in teaching and learning about public policy. Liu has taught courses in mass media and television news at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton in 2002, she was a news producer and manager at CNN for 18 years. She founded CNN International's Asia Production Center in Hong Kong in 1995 and launched the network's first Asian regional news programming. Professional recognition includes an Emmy for coverage of the Tiananmen protests in China in 1969, and an ACE award for coverage of the 1991 Gulf War.

A Brief Recent History
At our annual meeting in June, 2007, with no candidate for president of Princeton Area League, we turned to organizing the leadership of our League as a Committee of the Whole. There were some Leagues which operated under this plan. Fortunately, our ever dependable treasurer, Ellen Kemp, was part of this committee. We continued active Voter Services with candidates’ nights in Princeton, South Brunswick, and Montgomery and had many voter registration drives. We had occasional meetings and some brown bag lunches.

At the end of the 2007-8 cycle we were able to return to the usual organization plan with our active new member, Ruth Ann Mitchell, who was also a member of the state League board, serving as Princeton Area League president.
 Now, at the end of another two year cycle, we find ourselves, with still declining active members and no nominee for president, returning to organizing our leadership as a Committee of the Whole.
Our current board members (Rita Ludlum, Ellen Kemp, Frieda Gilvarg, Chrystal Schivell, Beverly Kestenis, Edith Neimark, and Nancy Hall) are willing to continue with some current activities. We seek others who might be interested in League activities, such as helping to organize a study of League positions. Possibilities might be a new study on voting (see report on State Convention in this issue) or the national study on the federal government's influence on public education.

Therefore, I ask for your vote on:


Rita Ludlum 

State Convention
by Rita Ludlum
On April 30th the New Jersey League of Women Voters held its 59th biennial convention at the Verizon Headquarters in Basking Ridge. Linda Mather and Rita Ludlum attended as our delegates.

In the business meeting the delegates voted to retain all current positions. This was based on responses from twenty-one local Leagues.

The delegates also approved the state board’s recommendation of a new study of voting Procedures. This is to be a study of VOTING PROCEDURES AND TECHNOLOGICAL OPTIONS FOR VOTING IN NEW JERSEY IN ORDER TO DETERMINE WHICH ARE THE MOST SECURE,  ACCURATE AND AUDITABLE. The study would include, but not be limited to, the use of touch screen voting machines and alternatives like optical scanning machines. Five Leagues (Lawrence Township, Burlington County, Mountain Lakes, Fairlawn and Maple Grove-South Orange) have proposed this study, and there is a committee ready to compile the study questions and necessary data. This was the only new study recommended by the state board.

Toni Zimmer of Sussex Highlands League was elected president and Dawn Clarke of Union Area League, chair of Voter Service. In keeping with the state League’s interest in new media, the luncheon speaker was John Mooney, founder and editor of 
New Jersey Spotlight.

A list of life members (
those who have been dues-paying members for fifty years or more) was provided. Two of Princeton’s current members have been added to the list this year. Congratulations to

                        Earlene Baumunk Cancilla
                        Kay McGrath

LWV of the Princeton Area
Treasurer’s Report – April 30, 2011

Dues $1850.00
Contributions (Members) 351.00
Callathon 192.50
Interest 73.23
Total $2,466.73
PMP NJ $1414.50
PMP US 1826.55
Insurance 100.00
Postage/PO Box/Permit 79.20
Bulletin 381.42
Candidates' Night 4.82
Voters Service/Citizen's Guide 296.99
Workshop/Convention 75.00
Annual Meeting (2010) 782.44
Financial Support 100.00
Total $5,060.92
Checking $3511.93
CDs 7986.31
Ed Fund 964.75
Total $12,462.99

Notes from National
April 29: The League of Women Voters today launched a seven-figure television ad campaign calling public attention to the votes by Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D0MO) earlier this month to block new air pollution standards. The accountability ads call on both Senators to "protect the people, not the polluters." The campaign includes 30-second spots that point to the public health consequences of the Senators’ April 6 votes.
The League of Women Voters is dismayed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent decision to allow the state of Georgia to implement a discriminatory requirement that new voters provide a passport or other proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. The Voting Rights Act bans racial discrimination in voting practices, but the U.S. Dept. of Justice recently approved the Georgia law. This decision undermines effective enforcement of the VRA.