Letter to the Editor:                                                                                       

The League of Women Voters turns 100 on February 14, 2020. Our founders achieved the impossible by passing the 19th Amendment 100 years ago. Today, the League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area honors their work by continuing to improve our democracy so every voter can play a role in shaping our country.

Soon, New Jerseyans will participate in the Census, and the next decade hinges on an accurate count. New Jersey receives almost $23 billion annually in federal funding for Medicare, infrastructure, and other programs. The Census is not just about distribution of massive funding, but also about the political power of our communities at the state and federal level.

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Following the Census, states must redraw the lines of our voting districts to account for population changes. However, the redistricting process is often manipulated as New Jersey’s system allows two partisan teams to work behind closed doors, developing new maps for political gain. The public cannot access records or drafts of maps, and public hearings are not required.

 Through our Fair Districts campaign, we are working to end gerrymandering and make our redistricting process transparent and independent. Voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around.

On the 100th Anniversary of our founding, the League of Women Voters remains a strong, vital ally to voters. We are ready for the next 100 years of defending democracy and empowering voters. Join us at www.lwvnj.org as we work for a complete Census count, fair redistricting, and a healthy democracy.

 

 Donna Guariglia Co-President &  Marie Fornaro Co-President

 

 

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages.  With over 750 affiliates across the country, the League is one of the nation’s most trusted organizations.