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
Schedule:
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 njcwa@cleanwater.org.  

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