About Us

Who We Are

Founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey (LWVNJ) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government.

Our name derives from the proud legacy of the women’s suffrage movement.  Today, more than 90 years after our founding, our members include women and men dedicated to safeguarding democracy.

What We Do

PROTECT New Jersey voters by analyzing problems on election days and recommending solutions to state and county officials, such as improving poll worker training.

ADVOCATE for the passage of legislation that extends and protects voting rights, offers equal education opportunities, and increases government transparency.

COORDINATE candidate forums and provide trained moderators to ensure nonpartisan discourse and promote fairness.

PROVIDE a year-round, toll free voter assistance hotline, 1-800-792-VOTE, to answer voting-related questions from the public, with extended hours on election days.

ANALYZE AND INTERPRET ballot questions for voters in clear, nonpartisan terms to help them make informed decisions on Election Day.

INTERVIEW candidates about crucial policy questions and widely distribute this vital information to voters.

PUBLISH AND DISTRIBUTE the New Jersey Citizen’s Guide to Government, a reference book that makes it easy for New Jerseyans to learn about their government and contact their elected officials.

Board Members for LWV Pompton Lakes, NJ

  • Carol Fouts, President
  • Lan Kassover, Treasurer
  • Lisa Ciancarelli, Public Relations, Publicity

Meeting Minutes for Tuesday, September13th, 2022

  1. High School Voter Registration
    Our annual voter registration day at Pompton Lakes High School will coincide with National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 20. We will be at the school from 10:45 am through all lunch hours. Carol will bring supplies, including the General Election rack cards which provide lots of good information about the upcoming election. We’ll also encourage students to submit questions for our upcoming Candidate Forum.

    Following the meeting Lan confirmed that the high school is expecting us and that we can have 3 volunteers that day. Carol and Lan will be there, and Arline volunteered to be the third. Others also offered to provide back-up if needed. Carol will reach out if any additional volunteers are needed.

  2. Candidate Forum – Carol has confirmed our longtime moderator Toni Zimmer for Thursday, October 6 to conduct a live forum that we will also stream via YouTube. Carol has invited the four candidates for town council and will keep everyone posted regarding their responses.
    Lisa agreed to create a Google form for voters to submit questions. We’ll also invite high school students to submit questions (see above.)

    Carol mentioned that a few leagues have canceled their forums due to a lack of response or candidates’ declining to participate. Hopefully our candidates for council will recognize this as an opportunity to connect with voters.

    Assuming we get all 4 candidates confirmed, we will post flyers in town advertising the forum and offering our voters the opportunity to submit questions. Maria volunteered to go around town with Carol to post flyers.

    Anne Marie Michael agreed to contact Karen Murphy at the Pompton Lakes Library to post information about our Forum on the electronic sign outside the library. Once all candidates are confirmed we can give Karen the info we’d like on the sign. It was agreed to wait until the week before the Forum to post the information on the electronic sign.

    In our previous meeting we had discussed a possible Board of Education forum. I had forgotten to raise it at our last meeting, but propose we start with encouraging the candidates to participate in Vote411.org this year. We will need to create questions for the candidates, and it is possible the PTA leadership may be able to provide us with questions. We would need no more than 3 questions.

  3. Vote411.org –Carol has already notified our candidates in advance of being invited to participate in Vote 411.org. Lisa did a great job editing the letter introducing them to the process. We are ready to go public with the Council race and will do so later this week. If we can, it would be great to create a Board of Ed race as well (see above.)
  4. Next Meeting – Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 11 at 4:00 pm via Zoom.