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Election 2017

On November 7, we elect a governor, a state senator, two members of the assembly, two country Freeholders, three members of the school board, and vote on two ballot propositions. There's much at stake. To help you sort through the candidates, their positions and past votes, their backgrounds, check these websites:

(As with anything else on the web, you should consider the source, and you would do well to judge for yourself. While we think the information is helpful, the League does not endorse the information presented, and makes no claims as to accuracy, completeness, or fairness.)

NJ District 11 Candidates Debate

The League, with Monmouth University, hosted a Candidate's Forum at 7:00 pm, Monday, October 16, in Wilson Hall on the University campus.

For Senate, incumbent Republican Jennifer Beck faces Democrat Vin Gopal, and for the two Assembly seats, Democratic incumbents Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling face Republican challengers Robert Acerra and Michael Whelan.

The University recorded the event, and you can see it here.

And here

NJ 11 District Candidates Forum from LWVTO on Vimeo.

It runs just over two hours.

Board of Education Candidate Forum

Candidates for the Ocean Township Board of Education will met in a debate Thursday, October 19.

Three candidates are vying for three, three-year terms on the Ocean Board. Incumbents James Dietrich, Joseph Hadden, and David Marshall are running.

The League asked each of the candidates three questions about themselves, their backgrounds, their concerns and priorities for the town. Their answers can be found here or you may click on a name above.

Debates, Candidate Forums

NJ Governor7 p.m., Tues., Oct. 10Televised -- ABC-TV affiliates
NJ Governor7 p.m., Wed., Oct. 18Televised -- CBS-TV affiliates
NJ Lieutenant Governor8 p.m., Mon. Oct. 16Televised -- NJTV
NJ 11th Legislative District:
Senate and Assembly
Mon., Oct. 16Monmouth University
Wilson Hall
Monmouth County Freeholder7 p.m., Tues., Oct. 24Library Headquarters, Manalapan
Ocean Twp Board of Education7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 19Ocean BoE Auditorium, 163 Monmouth Rd

Ballot Questions Explained

Two public questions appear on the New Jersey ballot this year. One seeks authorization for a $125 million bond act providing funding to provide grants for New Jersey's public libraries, while the other would amend the state constitution dedicating damages awarded in cases of environmental pollution to be used for preservation or restoration of the state's natural resources.

Sometimes difficult to understand, public questions on the ballot come with Interpretive Statements, which are also sometimes difficult to understand. The League has prepared background information to assist you in deciding how to vote, and also provides short lists of reasons to vote yes and reasons to vote no.

You can find the questions, the interpretive statements, and the League's explanations for the library bonding here, and for the environmental damages here

17-Year-Olds Can Register To Vote

Every eligible 17-year-old New Jersey citizen may register to vote with the understanding that they may not vote until they become 18. Seventeen year olds can now complete and mail in a voter registration form and will be designated as pending until their 18th birthday. At that time, their designation will change to registered.

The League of Women Voters urges every eligible 17-year-old to register today. There is no need to wait. You can find registration forms online for Monmouth County here and on the New Jersey Division of Elections website

Additionally, the Motor Vehicle Commission has made it easier for 17-year-olds, and everyone else, to register to vote or update their voting information when obtaining or renewing licenses. Newly installed technology enables MVC customers to indicate if they would like to register and provide an electronic signature using a touch screen computer.

Voting Information From The County Clerk

The Election Division of the Monmouth County Clerk's office has a new website with helpful information about how to register, where to vote, election results, voting by mail, and many more topics, including how to contact the office for further information or answers to questions. Also available are any forms necessary, with details on where to send them.

You can find them here.

Datausa: Data Visualized

Vast troves of data, pulled together by government, are open to the public, digitized and posted to the web. Demographics, traffic patterns, public health, family incomes, Vote! energy consumption, and a lot more is available. Available, but not necessarily easy to access or understand.

The M.I.T. Media Lab eases the challenge and adds value to the data with a project called Data USA, which it calls "the most comprehensive visualization of U.S. public data".

Have a look. Learn something new.

Vote By Mail Application Deadline Nears, Tuesday, October 30

Vote By Mail - In New Jersey, any voter can vote by mail using a "Vote by Mail" ballot (formerly called an absentee ballot). However, you must first apply.


Applications to vote by mail, in English and Español, can be obtained here.

Apply by mail: If you choose to send your vote by mail application by mail, it must be received by your County Clerk no later than Tuesday, October 30.

Apply in person: There is a 3 p.m. deadline on November 5 to apply for a "Vote by Mail' ballot in person at your County Clerk's office.

In Monmouth County, the Clerk's office address is:

    Christine Hanlon
    Monmouth County Clerk
    300 Halls Mill Road
    Freehold, NJ 07728

If you have any questions visit or call the League of Women Voters of New Jersey's toll-free voter assistance hotline, 1-800-792-VOTE(8683).

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