Archived Events June 2015-May 2016

Annual Meeting and Dinner 2016

You and your guests are invited to our Annual Meeting and dinner. Please see details below:

Engaging Young People in Politics and Voting: An Upbeat Report

Monday, May 16, 2016

6:00 to 6:30 p.m. - annual meeting, for members

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - dinner and guest speaker

Guest Speaker:Elizabeth C. Matto is an Assistant Research Professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Director of the Institute’s Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP). She recently was awarded the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Mentorship by the American Political Science Association.

As director of CYPP, Matto leads research as well as educational and public service efforts designed to celebrate and support the political learning of high school and college students and civic action among young adults – including those holding and running for office. In April, she led a pilot project, RU Running, in collaboration with the LWVNJ, to introduce undergraduates to seeking an elected position.

In addition, Matto edits the web-based companion to the American Political Science Association’s publication Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen, a resource for educators who want to include political learning techniques into their curriculum.

Elizabeth Matto

Spring 2016 Events of Interest

Tuesday, April 12

LWV-Princeton Area Business Meeting

7 - 9 PM

Suzanne Patterson Building

Sunday, April 17

Getting Beyond Racism Part II

7 - 9 PM

Suzanne Patterson Building

sponsored by the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO).

Moderated by Michele Tuck-Ponder, former Mayor of Princeton -Township, and co-host of Reed & Ponder Cable TV program. The panelists include

  • Princeton Police Chief Nicholas Sutter
  • Michele Minter, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity
  • Superintendent Steve Cochrane
  • Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert
  • Carolyn Clarke (Not in Our Town)
  • Jonette Smart (Past President, NAACP)

The panel will continue the dialogue and communication in Princeton on what has been a difficult topic in the past. The focus is on those in leadership positions to discuss how their policies and programs are working to get us beyond racism.

Wednesday, April 20

Race, Gender and the 2016 Election

Nia-Malika Henderson, CNN Senior Political Reporter

7 PM

Douglass Campus Center, Trayes Hall

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

100 George Street, New Brunswick

For more information and to register, click here.

Wednesday, April 27

Big Sky, Big Money

7 PM

"Big Sky, Big Money” is a film about money, politics and intrigue. How has the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision changed campaigns in America? How can we reclaim citizen participation and representative democracy? After the movie, there will be a discussion facilitated by Represent.Us - a national, cross-partisan campaign to pass anti-corruption laws and resolutions in cities and states across the country. This program is co-sponsored by Represent.Us, The League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township and The Friends of the Lawrence Library. Registration suggested.

Contact: Lawrence Programs 609-989-6920

Saturday, May 7

2016 and Beyond: Serving NJ Voters

8:30 AM - 3 PM

College of Saint Elizabeth (St. Joseph's Hall)

2 Convent Road

Morristown, NJ 07960

For more information, click here.

Monday, May 16

LWV-Princeton Area Annual Meeting

6 - 8:30 PM

Salt Creek Grille

Princeton Forrestal Village

Click for Details.

2016 and Beyond

Serving New Jersey Voters

Please join us for "2016 and Beyond: Serving New Jersey Voters"Saturday, May 7

College of Saint Elizabeth (St. Joseph's Hall)

2 Convent Road

Morristown, NJ 07960

Driving Directions

The keynote speaker is Dr. Shauna Shames,

an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of Rutgers-Camden and an expert in American political behavior, with a focus on race, gender, and politics.

We will also hold training sessions designed to help our organization better serve voters.


LWV-NJ Study: Money in Politics

The LWV of the Princeton Area will hold a consensus discussion meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

Information and Study Guide Links

Clean and Green

Potential Perils of the PennEast Pipeline and Fracking

and the Promise of Real Green Jobs

When: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7 pm

Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

801 West State Street, Trenton, NJ

The Delaware River watershed provides drinking water for more than 15 million people, including 3 million New Jersey residents.

The proposed PennEast pipeline and the potential for fracking might impact the river and our drinking water and it is critical for communities that rely on the river to have a full understanding of these issues. Therefore, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey is partnering with the Citizens Campaign, Environment New Jersey, and a diverse range of Trenton area co-sponsors to host an educational, nonpartisan discussion on these issues for the Trenton community.

Participants will learn more from expert panelists about fracking, how it could impact the Delaware River watershed, and the proposed route for the PennEast fracked gas pipeline, which will stretch from Pennsylvania to right here in Mercer County. The forum will also focus on the expansion of green jobs in Trenton and the potential to expand this burgeoning field through renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Reclaiming Democracy


Join the League of Women Voters of New Jersey for to find out how we can increase voter participation in our state.

Keynote: Sam Daley-Harris

Sam Daley-Harris is the author of Reclaiming our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government, a book about finding solutions through powerful citizen action.

Voter Empowerment Panelists:

    • S. Nadia Hussain, Program Coordinator, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
    • Wendy Martinez, President & CEO, Atabey Consulting Group
    • Flavio Komuves, Attorney, Zazzali, Fagella, Kowak, Kleinbaum, & Friedman
    • Benjamin Brickner, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice

Workshop Sessions: Participants will have the opportunity to participate in one of the following workshops:

The American Anti-Corruption Act - David Goodman & Susan Colby, Represent.Us. Central NJ

Big money poses dangers for our democracy. This workshop will describe a grassroots campaign for enacting provisions of the "American Anti-Corruption Act" as a means of campaign finance reform.

The Dangers of Fracking, Gas Pipelines, &Climate Change - Doug O'Malley, Director, Environment New Jersey

The Delaware River watershed provides drinking water for more than 15 million people, including 3 million New Jersey residents. New Jersey is increasingly finding itself in the crosshairs of the fossil fuel industry.

If All Politics is Local, should there be a Uniform Code of Ethics for Local Politics? - Paula Franzese, Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School

Professor Franzese, who, as special Ethics Counsel worked to pioneer the establishment of the Uniform Ethics Commission, will facilitate a discussion of the feasibility of using the NJ state code of ethics as a model for developing and enforcing a uniform code of ethics for county and local government.

All About Redistricting - Ingrid Reed, Policy Analyst

A state's redistricting process can have a tremendous influence in shaping elections, but do you know how the lines are drawn in New Jersey?

LWV Candidate Forums for Election on November 3, 2015

Candidates for Assembly from the 16th Legislative District

  • Jack Ciattarelli
  • Donna Simon
  • Maureen Vella
  • Andrew Zwicker

will participate in a forum to be held on Tuesday, October 6 at 7 PM

Witherspoon Hall

400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton

Questions from the audience will be taken.

The forum will be videotaped for rebroadcast on Princeton Community TV.

Candidates for the Princeton Board of Education

  • Elizabeth "Betsy" A. Kabler Baglio
  • Robert Dodge
  • Dafna Kendal
  • Patrick Sullivan

will participate in a forum to be held on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 PM

Monument Main (the former Borough meeting room)

1 Monument Drive, Princeton

Questions from the audience will be taken.

The forum will be videotaped for rebroadcast on Princeton Community TV.

Candidates for the Montgomery Township Board of Education

  • Paul Blodgett
  • Phyllis Bursh
  • Richard Cavalli
  • Minyko Chenette
  • Shannon Devine
  • Dale Huff
  • Charles Jacey
  • Ranjana Rao
  • Tommy Riggs

will participate in a forum to be held Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7 PM

Upper Middle School Media Center

375 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman

Questions will be taken from the audience.

Video of the forum will be aired in its entirety on Channel 27 (Comcast cable) and posted on the League's website.

A forum scheduled for Princeton Council candidates on October 14 has been canceled because the Republican candidates declined the League's invitation to participate.

For information about a non-League sponsored forum for candidates for West Windsor Council, click here.

West Windsor Council Candidates Debate 2015

Monday October 5, 10am – noon

West Windsor Municipal Building

The Village Grande Civic Association and the West Windsor Retiree’s Group will jointly sponsor a public debate among candidates for election to the West Windsor Council. It will be held in the Council Chamber within the Municipal Building. The proceedings will be televised live over local channels and rebroadcast frequently up until the election on November 5. The public attending the debate will be invited to submit written questions on cards to be provided. Questions will be reviewed for appropriateness and presented to all candidates in random order by a moderator from each of the sponsoring organizations.

Women's Equality Day 2015

Join the League of Women Voters of New Jersey

for a Special Women's Equality Day Event

Uncovering the League's History

Women's Equality Day, August 26, 2015, 2 pm

Pane Room, First Floor, Alexander Library,

Rutgers University, 169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This Women's Equality Day, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey invites you to join us for an afternoon of uncovering the League's past as we visit our archives. Dr. Fernanda H. Perrone, Head Archivist at the Special Collections and Rutgers University Archives in charge of the League's collection, will lead us through a hands on exploration of our history. Dr. Perrone arranged and described our archives as part of the "Women in Public Life" project.

Items in the archives range from 1920-1991 and include interesting items such as notes detailing a controversy over a man joining the League, scrapbooks highlighting our voter registration partnership in the 1970s with the NAACP, scripts from our 1940s radio broadcasts centered on policy issues, and decades more of artifacts, correspondences, photos, and publications that illustrate the long and broad history of our organization.

We will also have an opportunity to hear from current League members who were present during some of these historical events. Please RSVP to Jesse Burns at We look forward to having you join us for this fun and informative afternoon.

For more information about the origin of Women's Equality Day, go to the National Women's History Project.

Annual Meeting and Dinner 2015

The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area

invites you and your guests to join us for our Annual Meeting and Dinner

Monday, June 8, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

(brief business meeting, from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.)

Salt Creek Grille at Princeton Forrestal Village

(Route 1 South, next to the Westin Princeton)

Keynote Speaker: Margarethe Laurenzi

Juvenile Justice, Human Trafficking, and Philanthropy

Margarethe P. Laurenzi is the Director of Leadership Grantmaking and Engagement for the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Before joining CFNJ, she was a corporate and foundation relations development officer at the Rutgers University Foundation, and led a writing and consulting practice, with clients including Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Fordham University’s Office of Development, and the Central Park Conservancy. She has managed the editorial process for several books, including The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs. Active in her community, Margarethe is vice chair of Jazz House Kids, a music education non-profit, and former president of the Medical Needs Foundation. She has been a member of the Mountain Lakes League of Women Voters and graduated magna cum laude in politics from Princeton University.