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League of Women Voters of New Jersey to Honor Hurricane Heroes

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The League of Women Voters of New Jersey will hold a cocktail reception and awards ceremony honoring Hurricane Heroes on May 3, 2013 at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village. These individuals and organizations worked tirelessly to ensure that New Jersey voters could participate in the 2012 General Election during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“The destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy could have been devastating to our general election process,” said Toni Zimmer, President of the League and Sparta resident. “There were 800 polling places initially without power, and thousands of voters were displaced within and outside of New Jersey,” Zimmer said.  “Our state is made up of 565 individual municipalities, with just as many local municipal clerks, yet somehow they all managed to work together with county and state officials to assist many of the 5.4 million registered voters of New Jersey whose opportunity to vote was jeopardized by the storm.” 
Honorees include Robert Giles, Director of the New Jersey Division of Elections; Alexander Shalom, Policy Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey; Mary Ciccone, Disability Rights New Jersey; and Catherine Weiss, Chair of Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest. County and municipal Clerks, county election officials and volunteers and members of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey will also be honored for their service.
“These individuals and organizations took extraordinary measures to ensure New Jersey’s citizens could exercise their right to vote, in ways we thought would never be possible,” said Zimmer. “They deserve our gratitude and I hope the public will join the League in thanking them for their service and commitment to democracy.”
The reception will begin at 6:00 pm and is open to the public, with a $125 registration fee. For more information and to register please visit the League of Women Voters of New Jersey’s website, or call 609-394-3303 for more information.

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