Congressman John Lewis to Promote Early Voting In New Jersey and Call On Governor Christie to Sign Legislation
On Tuesday, Congressman John Lewis will join for a tele-town hall meeting to discuss the current Early Voting legislation (A-3553) that passed through the legislature last month, and is currently awaiting action by Governor Christie. The legislation, if passed, will make New Jersey the 33rd state, not including the District of Columbia, to adopt early voting. The bill would give New Jerseyans 15 days before Election Day to vote early, and will extend voting hours on weekday and weekend evenings.
While every state should adopt an early voting program, no state knows its importance better than New Jersey. Last year, the democratic process was compromised by Hurricane Sandy, causing some localities to put last-minute measures into place, causing confusion and disenfranchising voters. In fact, nearly 250,000 less votes were cast between last year and 2008. Early voting would strengthen democracy and take into account work schedules, disabilities, illnesses, child care, and other issues that would prevent registered voters from participating in the democratic process. This legislation will improve New Jersey’s voting system and increase civic engagement and participation in our electoral process.
WHAT: Tele-Town Hall Meeting with Congressman John Lewis
WHO: Congressman John Lewis
Congressman Rush Holt
Assemblyman John Wisniewski, New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chair
State Senator Nia Gill
Charles Hall, Jr., Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Chair
Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO President
DATE: Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
TIME: 12:15 p.m.
Call-In Number: 866-590-5055
Participant Code: 9108583
Lewis was one of the "Big Six" leaders in the American Civil Rights Movement and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), playing a key role in the struggle to end legalized racial discrimination and segregation.