POSTED MARCH 5, 2019
Now, in New Jersey, Gov. Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat, is pursuing a series of bills that would significantly expand access to the ballot for hundreds of thousands of voters.
“The package of reforms in New Jersey would place the state at the forefront of the country in terms of voter access,” said Wendy R. Weiser, the director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice.
In a letter to the Governor dated February 27, 2019, GRBWI wrote:
We are encouraged by the strides made in this area in 2018 and fully support your expansion of these rights in 2019, including: 1. on-line voter registration; 2. early voting - up to 30 days before; 3. same day voter registration; 4. 17 yr. olds who will turn 18 before a general election, to be eligible to vote in the primary; 5. extend registration deadlines; 6. add state agencies offering voter registration services; and 7. lifting the voting ban of those who are on probation or on parole.
CALL TO ACTION
Please click here to read our letter that supports Governor Murphy’s ongoing efforts to increase voter access. Then help us amplify that message and strengthen its impact by sending an email to the State Officials in the 11th District, who will have received a copy of our letter as well. Their email addresses appear below, along with a brief statement to copy, paste and send. Please email it to all three Officials and remember to add your name and address.
I am a voter in the 11th district and a member of the Greater Red Bank Women’s Initiative. I support the Governor’s expanding package on voting rights as seen in our letter to the Governor which you have received a copy of. We hope that this agenda will receive your full support when brought before you.
POSTED DEC 2018
Through our ongoing fight against Gerrymandering, we have become aware of politically motivated bills before the NJ Legislature.
While many states are moving toward eliminating the structures that promote Gerrymandering, it is unacceptable for NJ to be moving backwards
So that the politicians who will decide this issue may hear us, a letter is going out to the Governor and other individuals.
A variety of respected groups and scholars have already come out against the NJ plan (NJ Institute for Social Justice, NJ Chapter of NAACP, League of Woman Voters, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project). We raise our voices in compliment to theirs.~ Ellen Herman
Message from Ellen Herman, GRBWI voting committee. Rec’d Friday, Dec 7, 2018
I wanted to keep you up to date on the bills that the state legislature is trying to push through in the next two weeks. These bills only exacerbate Gerrymandering in our state and move us backwards rather than forward....
I will leave it to each of you to read the details——you can search “new bill in NJ legislature on redistricting” to find, not only information, but a myriad of prestigious groups that are vehemtly opposed to this measure.
I am writing a letter to the Governor, who I believe opposes this bill, but for the wrong reasons. I will try to suggest that he take up the cause on behalf of the electorate not the politicians. This new plan will highly favor the Dems, if it moves forward, by basing districting on the last election......merely another ploy to keep those “in - in”. We did not work so hard for the “blue wave” to have them duplicate what is wrong all over the country. We can like the Dems, but need not enable them to keep the true power out of the hands of the people. I will send you a copy of the letter to the Governor in the next day or two.
There are public hearings next week in Trenton....posted on the GRBWI calendar and Facebook group page.
My best to each of you,
p.s. I have also been in touch with NJ Senator Vin Gopal — who appears to favor the bill. I will continue to communicate with him and NJ District 11 assemblypeople, Joann Downey, and Eric Houghtaling. “