On Tuesday, April 2, 2013 Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Chair Charles N. Hall, Jr. was a guest on the Mark Riley show (1600 AM WWRL New York) to discuss the impact of early voting in New Jersey.
Hall stated “Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. recognizes the importance of early voting as a means of expanding participation in the democratic process for all New Jersey citizens. Early voting in New Jersey would ensure people working two or more jobs, single parents taking care of their children, residents who fall ill, senior citizens who may be limited in access to transportation, and students balancing school responsibilities and perhaps a part-time job would be able to schedule voting as part of their day”.
Chairman Hall also gave the example of how a natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy could impact an election, noting that 250,000 less people voted in the last presidential cycle.
Hall, in responding to radio host Mark Riley, “You’re right. This is a no-brainer, giving citizens an expanded opportunity to vote is what the Democratic process is all about. It’s not about politics; it’s about the people participating in the process.”
Hall also talked about the importance of voter registration, voting in favor of the minimum wage ballot initiative and the passage of comprehensive immigration reform.
Letter to the Editor
The Two River Times
Published on March 29, 2013
To the Editor:
Early voting expands democracy, respects voters and brings greater accountability to our system of voting in New Jersey. Last year, the democratic process was compromised by Hurricane Sandy, causing some localities to put last-minute measures into place, which accounted for nearly 250,000 less votes than the last presidential cycle. This bill will give New Jerseyans 15 more days to vote, which increases voter participation and takes into consideration the busy lives, job schedules and responsibilities of our community members. Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. (WFUNJ) calls on Gov. Christie to stand up for democracy and sign this very important legislation.
Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. is a statewide grassroots coalition consisting of labor, religious, community, civil rights, student, women and retirees groups collectively committed to building a better life for all working families in New Jersey.
We believe social and economic justice, in the workplace and our communities, are achieved by promoting good jobs, green jobs, quality affordable health care, workers’ rights and a state budget which reflects the economic priorities of the middle class. We recognize the value of public safety and emergency services, as well as many essential programs including special-needs student education, women’s health care services, and tax relief for middle-income families. We believe in policies that support middle-class families and lift up our economy simultaneously.
Charles Hall Jr.
Chairman of Working Families
United for New Jersey
Local 108 joins Working Families United for New Jersey along with labor and community groups in advocating to raise the minimum wage. The event was held March 18, 2013. To view photos from the event click here