Monday, March 12, 2012

2012: Ready, Set, Vote!

For 2012, the League of Women Voters of Plainfield will be focusing on the following initiative:

Ready, Set, Vote!  

This project will focus on educating new voters on the process of registering, understanding issues of importance to them, and on exercising the voting franchise at every election (primaries, school board elections, general elections, and special voter referendums. 

In addition to voter registration throughout the year, this effort will culminate in two major events, one set right before the primary season, and one set before the fall election.  The events will include information sessions, public demonstrations of the voting machines, along with a guide to this year's school board election, which will take place on the same day as the general election in November. The new ballot will be reviewed to ensure that all voters are knowledgeable about the new design. Stay tuned for more!

Welcome to our new blog!

Vintage photo of women suffragists.

The League of Women Voters of Plainfield is one of the oldest active leagues in the United States.  After a mass meeting on May 10, 1920 to form a Plainfield League, the first meeting of the League of Women Voters of Plainfield and North Plainfield took place on May 14, 1920 (three months to the day after the formation of the National League of Women Voters).   By September of 1920, over 3,000 women in Plainfield registered to vote after attending a citizenship school over the summer. 

President of the NJ League of Women Voters, Toni Zimmer
Today, the Plainfield League continues to educate and inform by providing local residents with factual, nonpartisan information on candidates and ballot issues, whether through voter's guides, candidate forums, town meetings or debates.