On March 7th 2020 the League of Women Voters and Girl Scouts worked together to present Voter Girl.
Four of these events were held at the same time in four different NJ locations including Plainfield, Woodland Park, Brick Township and Pitman NJ.
Over 100 League of Women Volunteers from NJ and 50 elected officials participated as well. Numerous volunteers from the NJ Girl Scouts and troop leaders rounded out the group that helped to bring this event alive for the over 500 Girl Scouts who participated.
This collaborative program between the LWV and the Girl Scouts provided a one-day class for Girl Scouts of all levels to earn citizenship badges through learning about civic engagement and advocacy. League of Women volunteer workshop leaders and a variety of elected officials who volunteered to participate, empowered Girl Scouts to act on their right to vote, engage in civil debate and learn to be counted in the 2020 census.
An introduction piece, to the event, was provided by questions that were asked of a variety of elected officials who volunteered to appear for the event.
For example, at the Plainfield location, Elected officials included Assembly Woman Nancy Munoz (R-21), Assemblywoman Lynda Carter (D-22), County Clek Joanne Rajoppi, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, Plainfield Councilwoman Joylette Mills Ransom, Dunellen Councilwoman April Burke. Each age level then attended a workshop where the Girl Scouts completed a Citizenship badge including Behind the Ballot, Celebrating Community, Finding Common Ground and Inside Government.
At the Plainfield location, thanks to the Union County Board of Elections, the Girl Scouts cast ballots on the actual voting machines used in Union County. The girls voted (depending on their level) on issues dealing with the most important constitutional amendment, how to increase participation on election day, the best way to arrive at a decision,the most important branch of government. All groups voted on whether to ban single use plastic bags in grocery stores.
A variety of community service groups also set up and distributed information for general knowledge including the US Census Bureau, local historical groups and the local Board of Health.
This was a wonderful opportunity for girls and women of ALL ages to see women who are actively engaged in making Democracy Work. This coincides with the 100th Anniversary of both the League of Women Voters and the passage of the 19th Amendment