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The League of Women Voters of Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit

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Monday, October 15, 2012 • 4:49pm

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. The League's enduring vitality and resonance comes from its unique decentralized structure.

The League is a grassroots organization, working at the national, state and local levels.

There are Leagues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong, in addition to thehundreds of local Leagues nationwide. The League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters Education Fund operate at the national level with grassroots support from state and local Leagues.

The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government.

At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy. It is the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of its members nationwide.

The 850 state and local Leagues – comprising a vast grassroots lobby corps that can be mobilized when necessary.

Over time, the League’s legislative priorities change to reflect the needs of society and critical issues of concern. The organization remains true to its basic purpose: to make democracy work for all citizens. The League of Women Voters makes a difference in the lives of citizens because of the energy and passion of thousands of members committed to our principals.

But what does the League do?

• Operates on local, state and national levels; local dues support offices in Trenton (www.lwvnj.org) and Washington DC (lwv.org).

• Holds meetings during the school year, often with a speaker.

• Conducts local voter registration campaigns.

• Prepares an Election Information Sheet each October on candidates and local referendums which is publishedin the area press and on our website (www.lwv-bhnps.org).

• Conducts nonpartisan Candidates’ Forums in October for each town.

• Co-sponsors, with Interweave, the  Great Decisions program prepared by the Foreign Policy Association.

• Presents a Citizenship Award to a junior student at the three high schools each spring.

• Reaches a consensus on a variety of policy issues through study and discussion by members in over 850 communities. These positions are the ones lobbied for in Congress and state legislatures..

• Can provide trained moderators to any group conducting candidate debates.

• Publishes educational materials: The New Jersey Citizen’s Guide to Government, Voting in New Jersey, Choosing a Candidate in New Jersey and others.

To join today visit our website at www.lwv-bhnps.org

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