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How to Vote in New Jersey

If you haven't registered to vote in New Jersey yet for the fall 2020 election, you must register by Oct 13!

In New Jersey, you must register by Oct 13 to vote in the November 3, 2020 election.

If you're think you're already registered, make sure you still are!

Voter list purges are going on nationwide. You may think you're registered but you'd better confirm it before Oct 13 and make any changes, if necessary.

How to check your voter registration information in New Jersey

Now’s the time to check and confirm your voter registration, especially if you:

  • Haven’t voted for a while
  • Changed your name since the last time you voted
  • Permanently moved your residence since you last voted

Check your New Jersey registration

It’s not difficult to check your records. To start, go to Can I Vote, click "Voter Registration" and then select New Jersey.

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What We’re Reading About Democracy and Voting

Democracy is at a crossroads this in 2020. Will it survive? Here's what we're reading. 

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Poll: More Than Half Of Young People Lack Resources To Vote By Mail

- NPR - Thu, Jul 30, 2020


As the coronavirus pandemic has upended normal balloting, more than half of voters under the age of 35 say they don't have the resources or knowledge they need to vote by mail in November, according to a new poll.

The poll was conducted by Global Strategy Group for NextGen America, a group that is focused primarily on engaging and turning out young voters.

"The problem is we've never voted in a pandemic before and some of these young people have never even voted before," said Ben Wessel, NextGen America's executive director. "And so when we look at the information about how to print out or, do you have the ability to print out a ballot request form or do you know how to get stamps or do you even know where to find more information? We're really understanding that we have a big job to do."

Trump Floats Delaying The Election. It Would Require A Change In Law

- NPR - Thu, Jul 30, 2020

“Trump also does not have the power himself to move the date of the election, which was set by an 1845 federal law placing it the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

The date could move theoretically with action by Congress — but that would require agreement both by the Democrats who control the House and the Republicans who control the Senate.

In short, it is extremely unlikely.

Pending Postal Service Changes Could Delay Mail And Deliveries, Advocates Warn

- NPR - Wed, Jul 29, 2020

“Managers have told postal workers that under DeJoy, the post office is about to embark on what's been called a long-overdue "operational pivot." It means that among other things, late-arriving mail will now be left behind by carriers and delivered the next day. Overtime will be eliminated.

Those moves upset some workers, who take seriously the unofficial motto of the Postal Service that holds: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" — a phrase from the Greek historian Herodotus chiseled into the granite of New York City's general post office.”
As Concerns About Voting Build, The Supreme Court Refuses To Step In

Nina Totenberg - NPR - Sat, Jul 25, 2020

“The court's most visible decision on voting this year came in April, when, on the eve of the Wisconsin primary election, the five conservative justices voted to reverse a federal judge's order to expand the state's window for receiving absentee ballots.

That lawsuit was brought in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as voters fearful of voting in person unleashed an "avalanche of absentee ballots," in the words of the federal judge, that threatened to overwhelm the state's election system. Thanks to the Supreme Court's decision, thousands of ballots were thrown out for arriving too late.”
Mental Illness and the Prison Industrial Complex

- Amanpour & Company - Fri, Jul 24, 2020

“So, we have about five times more people in our jail with serious mental illnesses just in Miami-Dade County than at any state psychiatric hospital in Florida. And it’s not that they just get arrested more, they stay four to eight times longer than someone else for the exact same charge because the courts don’t know what to do with them.


Trump Sued Over Attempt To Omit Unauthorized Immigrants From A Key Census Count

- NPR - Fri, Jul 24, 2020

“The Constitution — which empowers Congress, not the president, with final authority over the census — requires a once-a-decade count of the "whole number of persons in each state" to determine how to reapportion congressional seats and, by extension, Electoral College votes.

Trump, however, has ordered information to be produced that would allow him to exclude the number of immigrants living in the U.S. without authorization from the latest state population counts that the president is legally required to deliver to Congress after the census is complete.

Trump now faces a total of three new federal lawsuits that are joining ongoing legal challenges surrounding the 2020 census. A fourth lawsuit may be coming from California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office, which is planning to file a complaint against the Trump administration, Sarah Lovenheim, an adviser to Becerra, tells NPR.

Groups led by Common Cause, a government watchdog group, launched the first federal lawsuit this week. Their complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday, two days after Trump issued a memo calling to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the country that is used to redistribute seats in the House of Representatives.

On Friday, a New York state-led coalition of 20 states, plus some cities and other localities, filed a challenge in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In their complaint, which cites NPR's reporting, the challengers allege constitutional violations, as well as a claim that the administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act by making an "arbitrary and capricious" decision to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the apportionment count when they don't have the data to reliably do so.

In this week's third complaint, which also cites NPR's reporting, immigrant rights groups represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and New York Civil Liberties Union argue that the directives of Trump's memo also violate administrative law by effectively ordering the Census Bureau to produce population data in a way that has not gone through the proper rulemaking process.”
Democrats On Offense On Russian Election Interference Ahead Of November

- NPR - Fri, Jul 24, 2020

“"History clarifies that the threat of foreign electoral interference is a threat to our nation, not any one political party," said Shimer, author of Rigged, a recent history of modern election interference. "The Soviet Union worked on several occasions to tarnish the campaigns of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, Republicans, long before Russia worked to help a Republican. Putin's objective here is to direct, disrupt, and delegitimize our process of succession, and that should alarm all Americans."”
Trump’s deployment of federal forces to U.S. cities akin to ‘invasion,’ Ridge says

- PBS Newshour - Thu, Jul 23, 2020

“Former Pennsylvania governor, Republican Tom Ridge, first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why he disavows Trump's action.
Tom Ridge: "It's a reality TV approach to a very serious, serious problem. You need sustained commitment. There are economic and social issues involved. And you cannot address them, let alone resolve them, unless you have the kind of partnership and the collegial and the cooperation that is so critical. And that's why the federal government exists.

And, by the way, I must say, when we were leading DHS, it was my great pleasure to connect with governors and with mayors and to have different law enforcement agencies work together to combat certain threats in their communities.

And, by the way, the last time I checked, that worked out pretty well."”
What’s at stake with political and pandemic challenges for 2020 census

- PBS Newshour - Wed, Jul 22, 2020

“About four out of 10 homes have not been counted yet. And it has given itself until October 31 to try to complete this count. It's trying to send out door-knockers to do in-person interviews with households, because, at this point of the census that, historically, these are households that are less likely to fill out a form on their own, and they will require convincing and person-to-person interaction.
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The president has appointed a new deputy director for policy and an assistant to that person. Some in the statistics community say they're not qualified. Can you talk about that appointment and why it is controversial?

Hansi Lo Wang:

The Trump administration, they think, these two brand-new appointments, two new top-level positions that never existed before at the Census Bureau, a deputy director of policy, Nathaniel Cogley, a political science professor, he's being appointed at a time where there already is a deputy director at the Census Bureau.

And it's still unclear to me and to the public exactly what does Nathaniel Cogley, this deputy director of policy, what he does at the Census Bureau, and also what his senior adviser, Adam Korzeniewski, what he does.

Both of them have qualifications that don't seem to quite match with what the Census Bureau does. It's a federal statistical agency focused on survey methodology, statistics, economics.

'Things could get very ugly': Experts fear post-election crisis as Trump sets the stage to dispute the results in November

- CNN - Mon, Jul 20, 2020

“Washington (CNN)Voting experts and political strategists from across the political spectrum are increasingly alarmed about the potential for a disputed presidential election in November, one in which one candidate openly questions the legitimacy of the results or even refuses to concede.

These experts are keenly aware of President Donald Trump's well-documented history of lying about voter fraud and claiming that elections were "rigged" when he doesn't like the outcome. They also see a Democratic base that is still burned from 2016, when its nominee was dragged down in part by Russian meddling operation, won the popular vote, and lost to Trump.
Interviews with nearly 20 election experts, former lawmakers, political strategists, legal scholars and historians indicate there are widespread fears of a nightmare scenario in November, where Trump's norm-breaking behavior -- coupled with the unprecedented challenges of pandemic-era voting -- test the limits of American democracy and plunge the country into a constitutional crisis.”
Trump's 'law and order' is starting to look like martial law

- CNN - Mon, Jul 20, 2020

“(CNN)The strange and frightening images of unidentified military-looking men taking protesters off the streets of Portland, Oregon, and into unmarked vans may be headed to a city near you if that city is, as President Donald Trump declared Monday, run by "liberal Democrats."

This is sketchy stuff. And it's not a good look for a country that's supposed to be an open society. And it's particularly distressing that the President is openly threatening cities based on the political affiliations of their leaders.”
Oregon Officials Blast Trump Response To Portland Protests

- NPR - Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Officials in Oregon are lashing out at President Trump for sending federal officers into Portland amid the ongoing protests against police brutality and racism. ”
Are American elections pandemic-proof? A state-by-state scorecard

- Brookings Institution - Wed, Jul 15, 2020

“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, our democracy faced—and continues to face—serious challenges when it comes to voting, such as voter suppression, non-voting, and lack of trust in institutions. During this year’s primaries many of these problems have surfaced again and the pandemic has only exacerbated them. The pandemic will also speed up changes that were already in the making—changes that will pose huge challenges to those who administer elections. With a consequential national election just four months away and important primary elections before then, our voting systems must be pandemic-proof to ensure our confidence in the electoral process.”
The nation is in a downward spiral. Worse is still to come.

George F. Will - Washington Post - Wed, Jul 15, 2020

“The nation’s floundering government is now administered by a gangster regime. It is helpful to have this made obvious as voters contemplate renewing the regime’s lease on the executive branch. Roger Stone adopted the argot of B-grade mobster movies when he said he would not “roll on” Donald Trump. By commuting Stone’s sentence, Stone’s beneficiary played his part in this down-market drama, showing gratitude for Stone’s version of omertà (the Mafia code of silence), which involved lots of speaking but much lying. Because the pandemic prevents both presidential candidates from bouncing around the continent like popcorn in a skillet, the electorate can concentrate on other things, including Trump’s selection of friends such as Stone and Paul Manafort, dregs from the bottom of the Republican barrel.

“Longing on a large scale is what makes history,” Don DeLillo wrote in his sprawling 1997 novel “Underworld” about the United States in the second half of the 20th century. Today, there is a vast longing for respite from the 21st century, which — before the pandemic, two inconclusive wars and the Great Recession — began with a presidential election that turned on 537 Florida votes and was not decided until a Dec. 12, 2000, Supreme Court decision. Given Trump’s reckless lying and the supine nature of most Republican officeholders, it is imperative that the Nov. 3 result be obvious that evening.

It's Nice To Be Rich: Wall Street Is Raking In Profits In The Stock Market

Jim Zarroli - NPR - Wed, Jul 15, 2020










Red Ink Overflowing: In June, U.S. Borrowed A Typical Year's Worth

Scott Horsley - NPR - Mon, Jul 13, 2020

“With three months left in the government's fiscal year, the year's deficit of $2.7 trillion is already nearly twice as large as the previous record of $1.4 trillion, set in 2009 during the Great Recession.

While the government is spending heavily on the pandemic, tax collections in June were lower than usual. The filing deadline for 2019 income taxes was postponed until July 15.

Congressional forecasters expect the federal deficit for the full year to reach $3.7 trillion. With infections on the rise, Congress is expected to consider additional relief measures this month.

Trump vs. the Women Who Lead Michigan: A Battle With 2020 Implications

- New York Times - Sun, Jul 12, 2020

“LANSING, Mich. — Beyond being the women leading Michigan’s state government, Gretchen Whitmer, Dana Nessel and Jocelyn Benson have a lot in common.

All three are Democratic lawyers and part of Generation X, with long lists of accomplishments. Ms. Whitmer was the first woman to lead the Democratic caucus in the State Senate. Ms. Nessel argued before the Supreme Court and helped pave the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage. And Ms. Benson, a Harvard Law School graduate, was the dean of the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.

By 2018, the three were swept into statewide office on a wave that flipped much of Michigan’s leadership from red to blue and put three women — Ms. Whitmer, the governor; Ms. Nessel, the attorney general; and Ms. Benson, the secretary of state — in charge of running the state for the first time.

Now these women share another distinction: They’re all targets of President Trump.

'Unprecedented, Historic Corruption': Romney Joins Critics Of Stone's Commutation

- NPR - Sat, Jul 11, 2020

“"An American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president," Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, tweeted Saturday morning, describing the move as "unprecedented, historic corruption."

The comments come less than a day after Stone received his reprieve from the White House. That call came down Friday night, when Trump abruptly relieved his close adviser of his 40-month prison sentence for lying to Congress, obstructing its investigation and witness tampering.”

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Who Runs the Police Force & Sheriff’s Office in all New Jersey cities, New Jersey, and all New Jersey counties?

Whether it’s a police force for a small town, big city, county, state or nation, someone is at the top of the pile. Someone makes decisions about how the police department is run.

Local Police for Trenton, NJ  

The Chief of Police heads up a municipal police force, and he typically answers to the mayor, city council and possibly key city management personnel, like city managers.

If you want to demand changes to your police force, get on your city council agenda and speak at their meetings.

If your town is an unincorporated area, your police might be provided by the county, or perhaps some sort of special protection district.

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Democracy Is More Than Just Voting: How to Be Politically Engaged in New Jersey, Mercer County, and Trenton

We're your one-stop shop for tools to effectively participate in democracy

In these volatile times, we must demand that our government be responsible and responsive. It's about much more than just voting. It's about keeping those you voted for accountable to what you care about. Even if you already agree with your elected representatives, your ongoing input can give them the political ammunition they need to aggressively fight for what you value. 

This website is designed to help you effectively participate in government at the federal, state, county, and local levels. We give you information and tools to help you make your voices heard, and to keep your elected representatives responsive to your concerns. 

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What Are the Laws About Poll Observers and Vote Challenges in New Jersey?

There has been much discussion about whether votes in this next election will be counted securely.

Every state has rules about what poll observers can do at the polls and how votes can be challenged. Here are the rules for your state:

New Jersey The chairman of the county committee of any political party that has duly nominated any candidate for public office to be voted for at an election by all the voters within the county or any political division thereof greater than a single municipality, or where the election is within and for a single municipality only, or any subdivision thereof, then the chairman of the municipal committee of the political party making such nomination within and for such single municipality, or subdivision thereof, may appoint two challengers for each election district in the chairman's county or municipality, as the case may be. (N.J. Stat. Ann. § 19:7-1).


No person shall be allowed or permitted to be present in the polling place or polling room during the progress of the election except the officers connected with the election, persons connected with the operation of a simulated election for minors, the several candidates, the duly authorized challengers, such voters as are present for the purpose of voting and their dependent children, minors present for the purpose of voting in a simulated election, and such officers as may be duly detailed to be present, for preserving the peace or enforcing the provisions hereof. (N.J. Stat. Ann. § 19:15-8).

The members of the district boards and any duly authorized challenger, respectively, shall at any election challenge every person who shall claim to have a right to vote therein whom they or he shall know, suspect or believe not to be qualified or entitled to so vote, and said members of the district board or challenger shall have the power and right to ask all questions which are suitable and necessary to determine such person's right. (N.J. Stat. Ann. § 19:15-18. Also see 19:15-18.1, 18.2) 

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How to Report Consumer Fraud in New Jersey

In most states, consumers have a right to report consumer fraud to the state's attorney general. The attorney general is responsible for the following three things:

1. Enforcing the state's laws.

2. Protecting the state's residents from criminal activity.

3. Making efforts to stop criminal activity when reported.

To report consumer fraud in New Jersey, use the New Jersey's hotline at NJ.gov's Division of Consumer Affairs File a complaint page.

Phone Number: (973) 504-6200

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Purges Will Deprive 16.7 Million of their Right To Vote in 2020

According to award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast, 16.7 million men and women have been purged from the US voter rolls in an act which may well decide the 2020 general election.

Mr. Palast sites several examples of what has happened before and is expected to happen again.

Greg Palast: “Purge” – remove, erase, disappear, vanish or otherwise screw a voter out of their registration. It’s the main, stealth means of fixing elections.

Example: in 2000, Governor Jeb Bush of Florida ordered the purge of 94,000 voters from Florida rolls, calling them “felons” barred from voting. I obtained the purge list for the BBC and The Guardian. What I found is that not one voter purged was illegally registered but most were Black. The result, Jeb’s brother George Bush was elected President by 537 votes in Florida. In other words, without the illegal purge, Bush would not have been elected.

And today, the story is worse as The Purge has spread to pandemic proportions nationwide…

In his new book, new book How Trump Stole 2020 he writes, “Between 2014 and 2016, the number of voters purged for moving their residence had soared to 16,696,470 — one in 12 registered Americans”. 

That number is from the US Elections Assistance Commission the agency which tracks votes— and non-votes. It’s hidden in plain sight. 

The dirty little secret of American elections is that we don’t count all the ballots — and we sure as hell don’t allow every citizen to vote. In total, no less than 5,872,857 ballots were cast and never counted in 2016. In addition, a minimum of 1,982,071 voters were blocked from casting their ballots.

That is a total of 7,854,928 votes and voters left uncounted in 2016. 2020 will be worse.

The main thing you can do to protect your vote, Mr. Palast says, in a recent radio interview is to go to the secretary of state's office in your state, and make sure you are registered to vote.

 

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