Following is current information on issues that need your attention and your active participation.
Restore Voting Rights for People in NJ on Parole and Probation
The League of Women Voters of NJ has been fighting to restore voting rights for people on parole and probation in our state for a decade. Over 80,000 New Jersey residents on parole or probation are currently denied the right to vote. We have an opportunity to finally correct this injustice during this "lame duck" session - but we need you with us! Please urge our Legislators to pass A5823/S4260.
There is no evidence that denying the right to vote serves any legitimate public safety or criminal justice goal. In fact, voting can reduce recidivism and help with re-entry because it helps people feel more connected to their communities and its issues.
New Jersey is falling behind. No other state in the Northeast denies voting rights to as many people living in the community as New Jersey does.
LWV Demands Imediate Action to Resolve the Inhumane Treatment of Asylum Seekers
The administration’s 'no tolerance' policy for asylum seekers has created constant fear and chaos for immigrant families while doing nothing to strengthen our national security. We call on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a long-term plan for asylum seekers and a commitment to all refugees seeking freedom in our great nation.
Push for Action on HR1 -- For the People Act
We encourage you to contact our U.S. Senators to push for action on HR1, the “For the People Act”. The U.S. House of
Representatives passed this sweeping reform bill that addresses voting, campaign finance, and ethics, but it has stalled in the U.S. Senate. Even if you believe your senator supports it, it is very important for them to know their constituents are behind them.
Citizenship Question is Bad for the Census
U.S. Commerce Secretary Willbur Ross chose to include a question on the U.S. Census pertaining to citizenship. Including this question on the Census would discourage participation and impact the data collected in every community across the country.
While the Supreme Court decided against including the question on the Census, this is an issue we need to continue to follow. As of July3, 2019, a high-ranking Justice Department official told a federal judge that the Trump administration had not abandoned efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, even as the U.S. Census Bureau has started the process of printing the questionnaire without the controversial query.
Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt says "there may be a legally available path" under last week's Supreme Court decision that blocked the question, at least temporarily.
Hunt made his comments on a conference call with U.S. District Judge George Hazel on July 2, following a tweet from President Donald Trump insisting that efforts to include the citizenship question would proceed.
Please Sign Our Petition to Support NJ Campaign Finance Reform
***UPDATE: The campaign finance transparency bill passed by the State legislature was given a conditional veto by the governor. Hopefully the differences can be worked out because transparency in the funding for political campaigns is sorely needed.***
The issue: We need to support campaign finance reform bills that advocate for more transparency and accountability in political donations.
Congress Must Pass the Dream Act NOW
It’s time for our leaders in Congress to reset the policy debate and pass the Dream Act.
When President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last year he created a crisis. It’s time for Congress to resolve this crisis by passing the Dream Act to ensure that 800,000 dreamers are protected. Dreamers are Americans and they belong in America. Congress must step up and take immediate action to protect them.
Urge Congress to Support the Automatic Voter Registration Act!
This bill will improve the accuracy of voter records, cut down on costs, modernize outdated registration systems while supporting implementation in states across the country.
Tell Congress to Pass Sensible Gun Laws
It’s time to stop the violence. Legislation with common sense solutions to prevent gun violence will protect our children, our citizens and help restore our public confidence. Tell Congress to move forward with common sense gun legislation.
Restore the Right to Vote to People with Criminal Convictions
Almost 100,000 NJ residents are denied the right to vote because of a felony conviction. Because NJ leads the nation in disparities in Black/ white incarceration rates, over half of those prohibited from voting are Black. Denying the right to vote serves no public safety or criminal justice goal, and research shows disfranchisement actually undermines public safety by hindering reintegration and creating second-class citizens.