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League Newsletter September 2019


Princeton Area
 Volume 34  Issue 1
  September 2019

  In This Issue

   Voter Registration for New   Citizens


   Candidate Forums


   Mail-in Ballots

   Membership News

   LWVNJ and LWVUS Updates  

   LWVNJ Convention


V2019 Calendar

    Leadership Committee
    Planning Meeting

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    Business Meetings

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    Tuesday, April 7, 2010

  All meetings will take place
  from 7-9 PM in the
  Suzanne Patterson Building,    



The League of Women Voters
of the Princeton Area

welcomes information
about issues

in our League area and
encourages comments at



Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

Voter Registration for New Citizens

Registering a New VoterThe League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area was pleased to offer voter registration to new US citizens who were sworn in at a Naturalization Ceremony in Princeton on September 18. During the ceremony, hosted by the Princeton Public Library, 23 men and women from 12 different countries were administered the Oath of Allegiance by Ya-Mei Chen, Field Office Director for the Mount Laurel Office of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Remarks were made by Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert and Ben Chang, Acting Assistant Vice President for Communications, Princeton University. The ceremony also included a pledge of allegiance to the flag, singing of the national anthem and several patriotic videos. 
Princeton League members Sandy Smith, Jeanne Turner, Carin Lin, Cindy Gordon, and Melissa Scott answered a number of questions from the new citizens and helped 13 of them complete their registration forms. It was exciting for everyone to participate in this very first act of citizenship!

For more images, click here.

League members have also registered voters at the West Windsor Farmers' Market, the Plainsboro Centennial Celebration, the Plainsboro Public Library, and the West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library.


The following League members will cover local electoral races for
  • Jean Nitzberg and Ann Wolf of the Lawrence League: Hamilton Mayor, Council, and Board of Education
  • Jeanne Turner: Plainsboro Township Committee
  • Kathleen Moriarty and Madeleine Zullow: Plainsboro and West Windsor Board of Education
  • Jennifer Howard: West Windsor Township Council
  • Chrystal Schivell, with the help of Georganne D'Angelo (Lawrence LWV): Mercer County, Princeton, Ewing; and with the input of Sharon Gruber (Hunterdon-Somerset LWV): Montgomery and South Brunswick
  • Sandy Smith: Lawrence Township
Chrystal asks that every League member submit a question or issue for the races in their communities so that issues of interest within each community are addressed. Chrystal is also happy to train anyone (over the phone) to use

LWVNJ will again cover not only New Jersey Assembly races but also the county-level races in every county in New Jersey. There is still time for volunteers to cover county races inn counties that have no League, like Cumberland, and even to cover municipal and school board races in those counties. The more races the League covers, the more valuable VOTE411 becomes.

Candidate Forums
Candidates-ForumA forum for candidates for Princeton Board of Education will take place on Wednesday, October 2, at 7 PM, at Monument Main, 1 Monument Drive, Princeton.

A forum to be held without an audience at Princeton TV's studio is being contemplated for candidates for Princeton Council. The video would be broadcast and posted on the League's website and

A forum for candidates for the 16th Legislative District is being discussed by LWV-Princeton Area and Somerset-Hunterdon. Information about the council and legislative forums, if confirmed, will be posted on the LWV website.

Members wishing to Get Out the Vote need only commit to an online training session (times to be announced closer to November 5) and to phone-banking for two hours during the weekend prior to the election. Non-League members are welcome to participate if they have taken the training. Calling may be done individually in the comfort of one's home or as a group. One needs WiFi access, a phone, and a tablet or laptop to participate. Jeanne Turner will send a reminder with more details closer to the election.

Mail-in Ballots
Recent legislation requires that voters who received a Vote-by-Mail ballot in 2017 and 2018 must opt out by mail--and soon--if they no longer wish to receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot.
Please click here for more information.

Membership News
The LWV of the Princeton Area mourns the passing on August 31, 2019, of longtime member Ellen Seiler. Our sincere condolences to her family. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 9 at 1 PM at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman.

LWVNJ and LWVUS Updates
Fair Districts New Jersey
Lee Forbes is LWV-Princeton Area's Fair Districts NJ liaison, and Melissa Scott is joining. If you, too, would like to join, email Helen at

Lobbying for the League
If you want to lobby or interact with state representatives, email Jesse at to coordinate and for authorization. If you want to lobby or interact with federal representatives, email Jesse first for authorization and then complete a federal action request form at

Voter Girl
VoterGirlProjectVoter Girl is an LWVUS initiative with the Girl Scouts of America. Interested in learning more about Voter Girl? Contact Kathy Abbott at

She Is Me
The She Is Me digital campaign has been launched by the LWVUS. It is designed to bring new audiences (young, all genders, all races) to the League at all levels by telling generational stories through social media. To learn more go to

LWVNJ Convention
The 63rd League of Women Voters of New Jersey Convention took place on Saturday, May 4, 2019, with 32 local Leagues represented. During the business portion of the meeting, the delegates approved the retention of all existing advocacy positions and adopted a new position, supporting a driver's certificate for undocumented drivers.

The LWVNJ bylaws were revised to allow local Leagues (especially, but not necessarily, new Leagues) to create a leaner working structure, with LWVNJ collecting dues directly and handling other administrative tasks.

Awards were presented to various local Leagues and members for membership increases, innovation, collaboration, communication, membership engagement, and distinguished service.
Berman 2
The luncheon keynote speaker, Ari Berman, spoke on voting access and voter suppression.

Nancy Hedinger will continue as LWVNJ president for the next two years. For a complete list of the leadership and staff of the LWVNJ, click here.

For more complete notes from the LWVNJ Convention 2019, click here.

LWV-Princeton Area Meeting Schedule 2019-20
All meetings will take place from 7-9 PM at the Suzanne Patterson Building in Princeton. Leadership Committee members responsible for leading the agenda at each meeting are listed.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019: Sandy Smith, Leadership Committee Planning Meeting
​Upcoming Business Meetings
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020: Lee Forbes, LWVUS Program Planning
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020: Sandy Smith, plan for next year

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