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, November 9th, 2021
Treasurer’s Report – There are currently no funds in the treasury. Our last expenditure was $181 for lawn signs publicizing early, in-person voting in New Jersey. A few members said they will make
end of year donations to add funds to the account. Annual membership dues will be payable in the Spring of 2022.
Election Day – Carol provided feedback on the turnout for early voting and election day. Early voting took place in New Jersey from Saturday, October 23 through Sunday October 31. Passaic County had 9 polling sites; the closest for Pompton Lakes voters were Wayne, Wanaque and West Milford. Turnout was light at first but as word spread more voters took advantage of early voting. We discussed additional publicity for next year and will make that a priority as we plan for the mid-terms in 2022. On Election Day in Pompton Lakes, voter turnout was somewhat better. The County experienced a few problems with the new voting machines in the early evening but was able to resolve it by the time the polls closed.
NJ Redistricting – The state league has identified redistricting as an issue on which they are focusing significant resources. They have defined redistricting as the process of redrawing the
boundaries of voting districts to account for changes in population. It occurs every ten years after the Census. Drawing district boundaries powerfully influences how our communities are represented in the democratic process. Unfortunately, most states, including New Jersey, put the power to redistrict in the hands of politicians who use the redistricting process to solidify their power. Carol will be sending a few links to additional information and opportunities to get involved.
Next Meeting – Our next official meeting will be Tuesday, January 11, 2022. We will hold a December meeting.