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WPCNJ Mourns the Loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) mourns the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was the second woman to hold a seat on the US Supreme Court and served almost 30 years, becoming the most prominent member of our nation’s highest court.

 

Justice Ginsburg devoted her life to defending constitutional democracy and fighting tirelessly for gender equality. Her historic tenure profoundly improved the lives of American women.

 

She championed women’s rights against discrimination, push to secure voting rights and supported the right to access health care – including birth control.To say she’ll be missed is an understatement. She was a true trailblazer for all women.

 

As a women’s organization committed to, among other goals, protecting reproductive freedom and creating a women's political power base to achieve equality for ALL women, we rededicate our efforts to elect more pro-choice women to office and ensure Justice Ginsburg’s legacy is not only honored, but endured.

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Vote by Mail - Ballot Information

Vote By Mail - Ballot Information
1. There are 3 envelopes
·(1) The large outer envelope · (2) The inner envelope which is the return mailing envelope
· (3) The certification envelope which is the envelope that the ballot is placed in
 
2. Prior to opening the large outer envelope, check to make sure that it is your name on the label, the correct address, the correct municipality and the correct Congressional District.
 
3. If there are any errors, do not open the large envelope and contact your County Clerk’s Office.
 
4. If everything is correct, you should open the large outer envelope. At the end of the voting process, you can throw out the large outer envelope. The smaller inner envelope - is the envelope that is the return mailing envelope. You must keep that envelope as you will put the completed ballot in it.
 
5. The inner envelope will have the certification envelope and the ACTUAL VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT.
 
6. You should read the complete ballot before voting. Please check the top right of the ballot to ensure that you received the ballot for the correct municipality and the correct voting district
(which will be found on the label on the large outer envelope).
 
7. PLEASE NOTE - YOU CANNOT VOTE FOR MORE THAN THE ALLOTTED AMOUNT OF CANDIDATES PER OFFICE. For example, if the voter votes for 3 individuals when the ballot says vote for 2, the vote for that office is considered an overvote, and the vote for that office WILL NOT COUNT.
 
8. If the candidate of your choice is pre-printed on the ballot, there is no need to handwrite the candidate’s name in the “Personal Choice” section of the ballot. Doing so may cause the election scanners to read two names and cause an overvote which means the vote will not count.
 
9. Please look at BOTH sides of the ballot, as some ballots will have candidates on both sides.
 
10. Once you are satisfied with your vote, fold the ballot and place it into the CERTIFICATION ENVELOPE. The certification envelope has a large flap on it that requires
your complete address and signature.
 
11. You must complete the residency portion of the certification envelope with your registered address. PLEASE NOTE - IF YOU COMPLETE THE CERTIFICATION WITH THE ADDRESS THE BALLOT WAS MAILED TO AND NOT YOUR REGISTERED ADDRESS, YOUR VOTE MAY NOT COUNT.
 
12. YOU MUST SIGN the certification envelope where the big RED X is on the certification envelope.
If the voter does not sign the certification envelope by the RED X the vote will not count.
 
13. You must sign the certification envelope with the signature you most often use. The signature must match or at least resemble the signature on your registration or mail in ballot application.
 
14. If you need assistance in completing the ballot and/or the certification envelope, the assistor must complete the assistor section of the Certification envelope. EVEN IF THE ASSISTOR COMPLETES THE CERTIFICATION ENVELOPE, YOU (THE VOTER) AND NOT THE ASSISTOR MUST SIGN BY THE RED X. THE ASSISTOR CANNOT SIGN FOR THE VOTER.
 
15. The ballot goes into the Inner Envelope and sealed. That Inner Envelope then goes inside the Outer Return Envelope, which has the prepaid postage and sealed.
 
16. The certification envelope is placed into the Inner envelope - which is the envelope with the
address pre-printed on it.
 
17. Seal the return mail envelope and mail it with the postman, drop it into a mailbox or
bring it to the post office.
 
18. The return mail envelope may also be dropped off at your counties ballot box.
There are drop boxes around each County where you can drop the return mail envelope. 
Ballot box locations can be found on each County Clerk's website. 
 
19. IN ORDER FOR THE BALLOT TO COUNT, THE RETURN MAILING ENVELOPE MUST BE POSTMARKED BY THE POST OFFICE NO LATER THAN ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 3, 2020.
All 21 County Board of Election offices urge voters to vote ASAP to help them maintain the pace of the process.
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WPCNJ Stands in Solidarity to Advance Equality

"The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey expresses our deepest sympathies to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Kathryn Johnston and countless others that have lost their lives to senseless and racist violence.  
 
As an organization that strives to achieve true equality for women in New Jersey, the Women's Political Caucus stands in solidarity with individuals and organizations dedicated to dismantling structural and systemic racism and achieving justice for victims of racism.  
 
Meaningful equality will never be achieved until discrimination against ALL oppressed groups and individuals is fully eradicated.  
 
We encourage our members and associates to consider supporting organizations working to advance equality and end systemic racism. A list is found below. Some educational opportunities are also found below.  Please contact info@wpcnj.org if you have additional organizations you would like added to the list.   
--Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
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WPCNJ Commends Governor Phil Murphy on his Nomination of Fabiana Pierre-Louis

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) commends Governor Phil Murphy on his nomination of Fabiana Pierre-Louis to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.  If confirmed, the former U.S. attorney will become the first black woman to serve on the Court. 
 
WPCNJ President Jennifer Mancuso stated, "WPCNJ believes that elevating more qualified women to high-level elected and appointed positions in government and in the judiciary is sorely needed to achieve meaningful equality for women and to add diverse perspectives that contribute to fairness and inclusivity necessary to govern our society. This is doubly true for women of color who face additional cultural and institutional barriers that stand in the way of their achievement to the highest levels of government. With her depth of experience and achievements, Ms. Pierre-Louis would serve the New Jersey Supreme Court well. WPCNJ supports Governor Murphy's nomination and applauds his efforts to add diversity to New Jersey's judicial system."
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2020 WPCNJ State Legislator, Local and County Endorsements

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) is dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political process, increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office, protecting reproductive freedom, and creating a women's political  
power base to achieve equality for all women. 
 
If you are a 2020 woman candidate for the office of State Legislator, Mayor, At Large Freeholder, or County Executive - WPCNJ invites you to seek an endorsement. Candidates must be members of the Caucus in good standing and complete the endorsement questionnaire.
 
Please email info@wpcnj.org if you are interested in receiving a questionnaire.   
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New Jersey Needs More Women in High-Level Political, Elected and Appointed Positions

Jennifer Mancuso, the President of the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ), testified on Wednesday during the Workgroup on Harassment, Misogyny and Sexual Assault in New Jersey Politics hearing.  The committee, lead by Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver and Senator Loretta Weinberg, met to further discuss sexual harassment and misogyny in New Jersey politics. 
 
Jennifer was quoted in Insider NJ for stating "sexual harassment is no surprise to any woman in state politics." She discussed that New Jersey needs more elected and appointed women in high-level political positions in government. And the place to start, was to put more women on the state's Reapportionment Commission.
 
We need to encourage and support more women who are willing to serve in positions of power, and we must hold our current leaders accountable when they do not facilitate that objective. Right now, both the Democratic and Republican Party have a chance to show that they are serious about changing current culture - which shapes what happens in private conversations
and more intimate interactions - and that they are willing to do something about ensuring
women and other marginalized groups are better represented, better supported and better
valued. 
 
One of the WPCNJ's core objectives is to increase the number of elected and appointed women in office. It's clear achieving that goal requires working to remove barriers that hinder women from getting involved, or staying involved, in politics. New Jersey needs to do a better job supporting and promoting women's political leadership.
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WPCNJ Hosts First Virtual Annual Meeting

The Women's Political Caucus hosted its first virtual Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening.   

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Congratulations to WPCNJ Officers, Board of Directors and WPCNJ PAC Chairs who were re-elected for another term.

 

Special thanks to Jeralyn Lawrence, Esq., Founder, Lawrence Law & Pam Yuen, Government Relations Manager, YWCA

for sharing their professional wisdom and providing resources available to victims of domestic violence. 

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WPCNJ Expresses Condolences Regarding the Loss of Ruth B. Mandel

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Ruth’s extraordinary life is detailed in her obituary in The New York Times.

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WPCNJ To Offer "Ready to Run" Scholarships

The Education and Training Fund of the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey is sponsoring a limited number of scholarships for our members who wish to attend the world class Center for American Women and Politics 2020 Ready to Run®conference being held March 20-21.  The conference provides training for candidates and campaign staff, as well as valuable information for those who want to know more about getting more women elected to office.  Whether you are ready to run, thinking of running, or wondering how you can help get more women elected, Ready to Run® is for YOU! 
  
* Open to  WPCNJ members in good standing as of scholarship application date. 
 
* Scholarship applications  must be submitted through the Center for American Women and Politics.
(Please note "WPCNJ" in the "How did you hear?" part of the registration form) 

Scholarships are limited and will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis.    
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WPCNJ Congratulates the 2020 Passion * Power * Progress Award Honorees

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We would like to extend our congratulations to our honorees and thank our friends, sponsors and event committee members for their generous support of WPC's 2020 Passion * Power * Progress Awards Reception!
 
                  2020 Honorees along with the WPCNJ Board of Directors   Special Guest Speaker NJ Acting Governor Sheila Oliver
The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey hosted its annual Passion * Power * Progress Awards reception on Thursday, February 6th at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.  The spirited event was a great success, honoring those whose leadership, civic involvement and professional efforts have helped make New Jersey a better place for women.
 
This year WPCNJ was delighted to present the following awards to:
·      Lori Grifa, Esq., Archer Law - Mary Philbrook Award
·      Kris Kolluri, Cooper Ferry Partnership - Good Guy Award
·      Matt McDermott, Kaufman Zita Group - Good Guy Award
·      Virtua Health - Corporate Award
·      BlueWaveNJ - Social Justice Award
 
"Congratulations to this year's honorees for your well-deserved recognition of hard work and dedication that have elevated women's roles throughout New Jersey," said WPCNJ Vice President of Finance Kelly Stewart Maer. "WPCNJ is thrilled to honor all you've achieved."
 
The evening was especially significant in light of the historic anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Special guest speaker Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver celebrated the contributions the evening's honorees have made to advancing women and expressed the need for greater representation of women in politics and government. 
 
The event's Master of Ceremony was Jennifer Mancuso, President of WPCNJ along with Event Co-Chairs, Jayne O'Connor and Scarlett Rajski.  The event drew many elected officials including; Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, Senator Linda Greenstein, Assemblywoman Linda Carter, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, Assemblyman Daniel Benson and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli.   Along with State lawmakers, several county and local elected officials attended the event. 
 

 
 
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