Sunday, November 6, 2016

If you missed the TIFF documentary TRAPPED , sponsored by LWVT

This film is crucial to LWV members, since 1979, we have held a position on this subject. Current state's legislation and progress in dismantling it was the film's subject.

Rent it at Netflix.

The synopsis on the Netflix site is as follows:
Amid a political climate that's produced a staggering array of regulations restricting abortion providers, this topical documentary looks at the clinics struggling to provide care and the people going to court to protect women's reproductive rights.

Synopsis prepared by Barbara Ostroth, VP, Voter Service:

Documentary - 90 minutes (
Directed by Dawn Porter
Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Teaneck, NJ
Talkback with Attorney Hillary Schneller, Center for Reproductive Rights; Angela Bonavoglia, author & journalist; Casey Olesko, Planned Parenthood NJ; moderated by Sandi Klein 
OfficialSite - IMDb - Trailer
From 2011 to 2013, hundreds of regulations were passed restricting access to abortion in America. Reproductive rights advocates refer to these as "TRAP" laws, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. Trapped interweaves the personal stories behind these regulatory battles: from the physician who crisscrosses the country assuring medical services are available; to the strong women and men who run the clinics; to the lawyers leading the legal charge to eliminate these laws; to the women they are all determined to help.

Monday, October 31, 2016


Election Day Countdown: Get Informed!
Register to Vote

In New Jersey, the voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 18, 2016.  
 If you are not registered or need to change your address or name, print out and mail in a voter registration form today!  
Unsure if you are registered or if your information is up to date? Check here. 

Need a Vote by Mail ballot? Vote by Mail ballots (formerly known as absentee ballots) are available for any registered voter for any election - you do not need a reason to request a Vote by Mail ballot, but you must complete an application.

To apply for your Vote by Mail ballot by mail, your County Clerk must receive your application by November 1, 2016. You may also apply in person at your County Clerk's office until 3:00 pm November 7, 2016 (the day before the election).
Learn More About Candidates
The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is thrilled to offer an online voters guide, with all the info voters need to get ready for  Election Day. We asked all the NJ candidates running for U.S. House a series of public policy questions. Visit, enter your address, and see how your candidates responded. Check back often as more races (including county and local races in some areas of that state) are added.  
Read Pros and Cons on Statewide Public Questions
The League of Women Voters of New Jersey offers analyses of the two statewide public questions that will be on the ballot. They are available at VOTE411 and they are also available here:
If you have any questions please call our voter assistance hotline, 1-800-792-VOTE(8683), email us at, tweet us @LWVNJ, or message us on Facebook.

Appreciate this nonpartisan information? Please give a gift today!  
The League of Women Voters of NJ, 204 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
The League of Women Voters of NJ,
204 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608

Information on LWV Teaneck's activities for voters

This fall, we had a number of initiatives to register voters, hand out absentee ballot applications, and give people information on how to change their mailing addresses if they moved into or within the township. 

(1) We had someone from the Teaneck LWV at all 7 back-to-school nights for the Teaneck Public Schools and the Teaneck Community Charter School's evening with parents, registering a total of 26 voters, giving out about 70 more forms for people to take home for other members of their family to register as well as about 75-80 mail in forms for absentee ballots.  We also had our league's membership brochures available at the sign-up tables.

(2) We delivered 50 voter registration forms to Ma'ayanot, a local yeshiva high school for girls at their request, to hand out to seniors.  Next year we hope to present them directly to students in senior class meeting.

(3) A member of our league, Shirley Sosland, helped register 28 newly sworn-in citizens along with members of the ILO.

(4) We hosted a Teaneck LWV Candidates Forum for our local Board of Education on October 20th, with Barbara King moderating.  We produced a comprehensive Voters Guide with biographical data and answers to questions from all six candidates running for three spots. This guide was available at the forum and has also been handed out at our local senior citizens center, and posted online on Facebook and the Vote411 site.

(5) A member of our league (myself) attended the Bergen County ILO forum for US district 9 candidates in Englewood, helping to gather written questions from the audience.

(6) Our Teaneck LWV has been very successful in working with Teaneck High School to have a system of ongoing voter registration of all students turning 18 during the school year, managed by the guidance department.  Each student gets an email on their 18th birthday, asking them to report to guidance to register to vote.

Barbara Ostroth
VP, Voter Services
League of Women Voters of Teaneck, NJ



October 8, 2016

                I attended the NJ League of Women Voters’ program at Rider University, along with several dozen other LWV members from around the state.  The morning was devoted to updating us on current statistics for voter registration, efforts in various states to either improve or suppress voter registration, and discuss some of the reasons why this is such a challenging topic even in 2016.

                Our first speaker, Jennifer Clark, counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice, discussed a wide variety of nationwide statistics to illustrate how complicated it is to tackle this issue in various states.  Some of the more eye-opening data included:

·         Of the 12 states with the highest percentage of Latino voters in 2008, nine

of them have increased voter restrictions through state legislative efforts.

·         30 states have made major efforts to modernize voter registration systems since 2008

·         1 in 4 adults in the USA are not registered to vote

·         1 in 4 adults do not understand that their voter registration is not automatically

updated when they move, even if they stay within the same state.

·         39 states offer online voter registration (NJ does not, forms can be filled in but must

Be downloaded and printed out for manual signatures, then mailed)

·         23 states offer voter registration at DMVs and some other government agencies

Via electronic transfer (doing both at the same time)

·         16 states have same day registration either at the polling places or through local

Municipal clerk’s offices, to correct inaccuracies as well as register new voters

·         Only 5 states (OR, CA, VT, CT and WV) offer automatic voter registration at all

government offices (DMV, Medicare, SS, etc) with an opt out option, and are

completely paperless

We then heard from a great panel of three women – Elizabeth Matto, director for Youth Political

Participation Program; Mary Ciccone, attorney for Disability Rights NJ; and Analilia Mejia, Exec. Director, NJ Working Families Alliance.  Ms. Matto gave us a very interesting breakdown of potential voters in the “Millenial” generation (those born after 1981) with eye-opening statistics:

·         77 million potential voters, most ethnically diverse generation

·         Well educated, but economically vulnerable (burdened by student loan debt, contract jobs

that often don’t offer benefits, unable to save up enough in their 20s to be completely  independent from parents, etc.

·         Completely computer literate, also impatient with cumbersome processes of voter registration (too impatient with too many steps in the system)

·         Move around often, sometimes within the same year

·         No loyalty to brands, political parties, etc. – apolitical independent voters

·         Have often received little or no civics education in middle or high schools, unaware of why we pay taxes for government services, etc.

The second speaker outlined the challenges of registering more disabled voters, such as

transportation, some having inability to sign documents, etc.  This population includes many senior citizens (including those in assisted living), those born with disabilities, the mentally ill, etc.  Often, if then if they can use newly developed computer screen readers, they cannot register online, or have electronic signatures validated when they go to vote on election day.  The third speaker talked about efforts to reach out to the working poor, lobbying NJ legislators with the recent package of bills designed to update our voter registration processes like online registration, automatic registration at government offices, etc. which were supported by a bipartisan effort but vetoed by Governor Christie.  She emphasized that league members must interact with our state legislators to build up their resolve to pass this legislation again with veto-proof support.

Overall, the program was very empowering, and we were strongly encouraged to maintain ongoing contact with the LWV-NJ’s lobbyists and contact our local legislators to support our Voting Reform Platform:

1.       Online Voter Registration

2.       Automatic Voter Registration

3.       In-Person Early Voting (not uniformly offered in all NJ counties)

4.       Same Day Voter Registration

5.       Rights Restoration for People with Criminal Convictions in their Past

6.       Portable Voter Registration (automatic updating offered at polling places)

Barbara Ostroth

VP, Voter Services

Teaneck LWV

Friday, October 7, 2016

VOTERS GUIDE for Candidates' Forum BOE scheduled: Tues. 10/18th, 7:30 PM, Teaneck HighSchool

The League of Women Voters of



Teaneck had a BOE Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, October 18th, 7:30PM, in the 3rd Floor Student Center of Teaneck High School.  

This forum, which was run by an independent professionally-trained moderator,  included participation by all six candidates running for three Teaneck Board of Education positions in November.

The public was invited to come and ask questions of the candidates, and were  also provided with a copy of the LWV Voters Guide with candidates’ answers to three advance questions as well as their biographical information.  

The non-partisan Teaneck League of Women Voters has been active in hosting candidates’ forums, voter registration as well as participating in discussions and studies on local and state current events issues for over 65 years.  

Handicapped access is  available from the courtyard parking lot off Elizabeth Street.  
For additional questions regarding this forum, call Barbara Ostroth (Teaneck LWV,VP Voter Services) at 201-965-3105.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

LWV Teaneck Calendar September-October 2016

LWVT Links


Back to School night at Bryant Sept. 13

Back to School night at Whittier, Lowell, Hawthorne Sept. 20

Back to School night at Bryant Sept. 13

Back to School night at Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and
     Teaneck  High School: Sept. 29

BOARD MEETING Sept. 14  7:30 PM Arlene's house.

CANDIDATES' FORUM, BOE, Oct. 18, 2016, 7:30 PM. Teaneck High School

BOARD MEETING Oct. 26 Barbara's house 7:30 PM

Check the Candidate Forums, ILO

Candidate Forums ILO

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

From NJ LWV: Take Action for Voter Accessibility

Take Action
to Make Voting More Accessible

The New Jersey Senate will soon vote on two bills that each have the power to change New Jersey's voting system for the better.

S1228 will allow for automatic voter registration as part of the driver's license application or renewal process unless an individual chooses to opt-out of registration. The League of Women Voters of New Jersey supports this legislation that will boost registration rates, improve the accuracy of the voter rolls, and save money.

S2116, the "New Voter Empowerment Act," permits 17 year olds to vote in the primary election if they turn 18 on or before the next general election. The League supports this legislation that increases youth engagement in the political process and allows for 17 year olds who will be eligible to vote in the general election to have a say in the nomination process (primary).  

Please call your NJ State Senator today and ask that she or he vote YES on both S1228, New Jersey's automatic voter registration bill, and S2116, the "New Voter Empowerment Act."

You can look up your Senator by municipality here or you can call us at 1-800-792-8683 (VOTE) for contact information.

"Clean Water NOT Flooding" Lobby Day in Trenton

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has been working to stop the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's harmful revisions to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, the Coastal Zone Management Rules, and the Stormwater Management Rules.

These revisions will cause irreparable harm to our state, as they roll back protections against flooding and allow more stream buffer vegetation to be cleared, using data from a 20-year-old Water Supply Master Plan. Buffers around rivers and tributaries are crucial to protecting our water supply.

The League is joining a broad coalition of organizations determined to protect drinking water and to ensure that we will not be in greater danger of flooding. We are gathering to ensure our legislators invalidate the DEP's harmful revisions by passing SCR66/ACR160.

When: Thursday, June 16, 9:30 am - 3 pm
Where: New Jersey State House Annex, 137 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
9:30 - Check-in and training (Committee Room 14, 3rd floor, State House Annex)
10 - 3: Lobbying Legislators
Noon: Press Conference (State House Annex Steps) 
Please RSVP to our friends at Clean Water Action at  

Friday, April 8, 2016


Read our Voters' Guide

Read the Candidates' positions in our VOTER GUIDE

Our voters' guide questionnaire and letter of invitation to the Candidates' Night, co-sponsored by LWV/Teaneck, were mailed to each of the candidates for Teaneck Township Council on March 10, 2016 with a deadline date of April 3rd.   In addition to asking them about their Teaneck residency, occupation, education, family & community involvement, we asked them to answer the following questions and to limit their three answers to a total of 500 words or less:

  1. What is your position regarding reinstatement of monthly workshops so that council members can conduct public discussion of upcoming agenda items before a public meeting?  Also, would you support public comment during workshops?

  1. Over the past four years, are there any Council decisions you disagreed with?  How do you feel the issue could have been dealt with in a different manner?
  1. What are your views of the budget process, and what specific changes would you recommend to reduce taxes without cutting services? 

The candidates’ responses are unedited and are in the order received. Click "Voters Guide".

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

MEDIA MOMENT for WOMEN: Celebrating Women's History Month

The League’ is going to watch TV and discuss ways women are shown in a favorite show.
The women are competent, very competent, in The Good Wife.
What do the women in The Good Wife struggle with in this age, post 1972---advancement on the legal firm,
earning power, relationships, job equity, political candidacy, appearance adequacyeminist philosophy?
Are there areas in which they do not struggle at all?

Bring your views, some of which may happen as we watch together.

DATE: Tuesday, March 29
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Arlene Gartenburg’s TV: Room
RSVP: Please let her know you are coming
INFO: contact Janet or Pat

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Jan 21, 2016 LWVT Consensus Meeting Details and Resources

Jan 21, 2016 
LWVT Consensus Meeting 
7:30 PM  
Let her know you are coming
This is a general membership meeting: all members are encouraged to attend and participate. 


Feb.1:Consensus form due to LWVNJ

Available:   or

Also available below (Click on title) and on the  first post of the League of Women Voters-Teaneck Blog:
---and Ed Gracely's summary of issues, which appeared in the LWV-Camden County Voter (November issue). 

The League of Women Voter's Teaneck blog has other resources in this area, ,which  have been gathered for your convenience on the first post in our blog, LWV Teaneck: 

Do your homework easily and come to the meeting!