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League Newsletter October 2017

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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 Volume 32  Issue 1
  October 2017

    In This Issue

    Candidate Forums

    Voter Registration


    Mercer County Clerk

    Treasurer's Report

    Next Meeting


    2017-18 Calendar

    Business Meetings

    November 14, 2017
    January 9, 2018
    April 17, 2018


The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

welcomes information
about issues

in our League area and
encourages comments at

​Vote! Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Candidate Forums
PrincetonSchoolBd2017 2 On October 2 the six candidates for Princeton Board of Education met in a forum at the Witherspoon municipal building. Patricia Casey, Elizabeth Bates, and Jessica Knowlton volunteered to help. A video of the forum is available on our website,
On October 18 at 7 PM, candidates for the 14th Legislative District will meet in a forum co-sponsored by the Leagues of Monroe Township, East Windsor/Hightstown, and the Princeton Area. The forum will be held at the Monroe Township Senior Center. Jeanne Turner and Roberta Churchill will act as timekeepers, and Toshi Abe will videotape; the video will be posted on our website as soon as it is available.
A forum among candidates for Montgomery Board of Education is scheduled for October 30 at 7 PM at Montogmery Upper Middle School Media Center, 375 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman. Lee Forbes is in charge and needs volunteers.

Chrystal reported that the 16th Legislative District forum and the Somerset County Freeholder forum have been canceled because one of the parties did not accept the League’s invitations. A forum between the two candidates for Montgomery Township Committee to be held on October 17 is on hold because one of the candidates has not yet confirmed the date.

GubernatorialDebate2017 2Click here for  a link to the video of the LWVNJ-sponsored gubernatorial debate held on October 10.

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Members are encouraged to visit the website to view Voters' Guides for information on races on their ballots. Please let family and friends know about VOTE411! 

Business cards and posters advertising VOTE411 are available - please contact Sandy Smith at The Voter Service Team will submit notices to local publications to advertise VOTE411.
The following members have taken on races for Some are covering races in which they have no stake. It is hoped that for next fall other League members will volunteer to cover the races in their own municipalities.
Patricia Casey – Princeton Board of Education (BOE), Mercer County Freeholders and Sheriff
Sandy Smith – West Windsor Township Committee and Mayor, West Windsor-Plainsboro BOE
Jessica Knowlton – South Brunswick municipal and BOE
Harriet Warner – Franklin Township Council and BOE
Chrystal Schivell – Hillsborough Township Committee and BOE, Montgomery Township Committee and BOE.

Voter Registration 
Our League members have supported the Lawrence League with seven drives at Mercer County Community College. Joan Bharucha conducted voter registration drives in September at the West Windsor Farmers' Market. Harriet Warner organized drives in Somerset County high schools and community college. Several other members conducted drives in their neighborhoods.

Lee reported that she and Sandy provided input to the LWVUS Survey intended to help improve the functioning of the League in more unified ways for local, state, and national levels.

There is a new Google group with LWVNJ for local League presidents. Lee and Ellen are currently subscribed and any Leadership Committee member who would like to subscribe should let Lee or Ellen know. There will be regional workshops this year; the one scheduled for October 21 is in Tinton Falls.

Presentation by Mercer County Clerk
PaulaSollamiCovelloEsqAt the LWV-Princeton Area meeting on September 12, Sandy Smith reported on a presentation by  Ms. Paula Sollami Covello, Esq., on September 6 at the Lawrence Library, sponsored by the Lawrence LWV. Vote by mail applications were sent to all registered voters in 
Mercer County. The Mercer County Clerk is an elected position whose responsibilities include laying out the ballots and counting the votes in the voting machines. The Mercer County Board of Elections (2 Democrats and 2 Republicans appointed by the Governor) oversees the polling places and counts the mail-in ballots. Mercer County also has a Superintendent of Elections who oversees voter registration and is in charge of the voting machines; not all NJ counties have this position. Voters are purged from the poll books if they have not voted in 2 consecutive federal elections.

Sandy's report prompted a discussion about the June primary ballots that were not counted because they remained in the Hamilton Post Office until July. It was suggested that Bonnie Watson Coleman be contacted to encourage improvement in the postal system since it is a federal agency. 
The need for a change in statute that would require candidates to supply an email address when filing for office was discussed. Ellen will speak to the LWVNJ Board about including it on their agenda.

Treasurer's Report
Ellen gave the treasurer’s report and we all joined in thanking Jessica for making the calls for Callathon this year. Her work helped to provide our local League with a portion of the generous donations of members in our area.

Next Meeting
The next business meeting will be Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 7-9 PM, at the Suzanne Patterson Building in Princeton. A primary agenda item will be updating the bylaws to conform to the recent LWVUS and NJ versions and to address our Leadership Committee / nominations / officer structure. Jennifer Howard offered to help Lee with a draft for the meeting.  Please let them know if you have suggestions.

Jessica Knowlton volunteered to chair the annual dinner meeting in May.

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.