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League Newsletter September 2016

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The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area
 Volume 31  Issue 1
  September 2016

    In This Issue

    Voter Service

    Voters Guides

    Candidates Forums

    Voter Registration- 21st Century

    Treasurer's Report

    LWVNJ Update

    Anniversary Celebrations

    Next Business Meeting

    2016-17 Calendar
    Princeton Area League

    January 10, 2017
    Business Meeting


The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

welcomes information
about issues

in our League area and
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Voter Service
YourVoteCountsVolunteers are needed for voter registration and candidate forums in September and October. We are again collaborating with Lawrence LWV on several voter registration events. Please consider donating a few hours of your time to support voter service in this busy presidential election year.
Click here to read more.
Jennifer Howard will distribute voter registration information to the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA), who will place it at their table for the weekly Farmers' Market at Mill Hill. She also plans to distribute information at the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series concerts at the Capital Green public space on Barrack Street.
FYI – Nancy Hall stated that all mail-in ballots are counted in NJ elections.
Other voter service events include: 
August 3 - Sandy Smith attends a voter registration training session sponsored by Planned Parenthood and answered questions that arose regarding registration.
September 8 – On behalf of Planned Parenthood, Sandy Smith and a Planned Parenthood staff member train members of the Universalist Unitarian Legislative Ministry of NJ to do voter registration.  Volunteers from the UU will help with our League’s voter registration events.
September 17 – Chrystal Schivell presents “How to Vote” at Hillsborough Public Library.

October 8 – With the assistance of Sandie Rabinowitz, Jennifer Howard presents “Serving NJ Voters – 2016 and Beyond” at West Windsor Library ,10AM. 

October 21 – Sandy Smith speaks about the history of voting rights to Women in Retirement at the Princeton Senior Center,10:30AM.

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LWVUS's Online Voter Guide
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Voters Guides
This year the LWVNJ is implementing a web-based system,, to develop Voters’ Guides and make them available to the public.  The team of Chystal Schivell (Voter Service chair), Patricia Casey, and Sandy Smith are covering 11 races: Middlesex County Freeholder and County Sheriff; Montgomery Township Committee and BOE; Plainsboro Township Committee; Princeton BOE, Council and Mayor; South Brunswick BOE and Township Council; and West Windsor-Plainsboro BOE.  Click here to read more.

Candidates Forums 
This year we are sponsoring three forums:
October 4 (7 PM) – Princeton Mayoral Forum, Witherspoon Main;
October 6 (7 PM) – Princeton BOE Forum, Monument Main;
October 20 (6:30 PM) - 12th Congressional District Forum, The College of New Jersey.
Chrystal would appreciate volunteers to help with any of the forums.  As always, the forums will be videotaped and posted on our website so please get the word out!

Voter Registration in the 21st Century

Saturday, October 8, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Rider University, Daly Dining Hall
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville

Learn how online voter registration and automatic voter registration have been working in other states and the benefits of implementing them here. The day will feature two panel discussions of voting experts engaging in an in-depth exploration of voter registration modernization. Staff from the Brennan Center for Justice will explain these technologies and New Jersey experts will talk about how these updates can improve voter outreach and engagement.
Registration is $25 until September 28. A late fee applies after that date. Registration and coffee begin at 9 AM and the program begins at 9:30. Lunch will be served. To register for this forum, go to the League of Women Voters of New Jersey website, or contact Pat Thompson at 609-394-3303 or

Treasurer's Report
Ellen reported that our League is in good financial shape. Funds are available for voter service activities. A membership list is posted on the Members Only page of the website. Members who cannot access the page may ask Ellen for a list.

LWVNJ Update
Lee reported that a message will be coming regarding LWVNJ’s non-partisan policy; local Leagues can accept LWVNJ policy or develop a stricter policy. Likewise, the NJ bylaws are being updated to include the changes to membership criteria decided at the LWVUS convention as well as other items. A message about the two questions on the ballot for the upcoming election will also be issued, with pros and cons regarding casinos in northern NJ, and the diesel fuel tax.
For advocacy, there are several items in the legislature regarding voting, ethics, and redistricting. The government committee and our lobbyist are following these issues and providing input in accordance with League positions. Women and Family Issues committee has completed a draft of the consensus study on Campus Sexual Assault. 

Anniversary Celebrations
The LWV of the Princeton Area will reach our 90th anniversary in 2017, and the LWVUS will celebrate the centennial anniversary in 2020. Celebration of our 90th anniversary can be combined with our annual dinner meeting. Plans for possible collaboration with the Lawrence LWV to have an event in 2020 for the centennial were discussed.

Next Business Meeting
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, from 7-9 PM
Suzanne Patterson Building, Princeton
We will discuss and come to consensus on the LWVNJ Campus Sexual Assault Study. Information will be sent to you prior to the meeting. As time permits, we will also discuss updating our bylaws; for example, LWVUS voted at the Convention in June 2016 to approve giving full membership to members age 16 and up, with full voting rights for all League business.

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.