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Voting and You!

 In Nurses Weekly

Participation in a democracy ensures your voice is heard! Voting is the responsibility of all citizens in all elections at the local, county, state and national levels of government. This year, New Jersey residents are voting for gubernatorial, assembly, senate and other candidates.

With In-Person Early Voting already underway for New Jersey’s 2021 election, here are some numbers you should know: 2, 3, 40, 140,000 and 2.1 million.

Here is what they mean and why they are important to you.

#2: The second (2nd) day of November, i.e., Tuesday, November 2nd, will be the last day you can vote for governor, every legislative seat, county commissioners, local representatives and two statewide ballot questions. If you have questions about where and how to vote, check with the New Jersey’s Division of Elections.

#3: The U.S. Constitution has three (3) amendments expanding the right to vote to citizens. They are the 15th (barring restrictions based on race), the 19th (barring restrictions based on gender) and the 26th (lowering the voting age to 18). Notwithstanding the Declaration of Independence’s espousal of equality, liberty and a representative government, the right to the franchise remained elusive for many minorities and women until the passage of these amendments. The way we honor those who fought for the right to vote is to exercise it.

#40: New Jersey has forty (40) legislative districts. In New Jersey, the legislative branch is comprised of two houses. The upper house is known as the Senate. It has forty members. The lower house, known as the Assembly, has eighty (80) members. In each of the forty (40) legislative districts, the voters (that’s you!) elect one senator and two assemblymen or assemblywoman to represent them. This year, voters will choose their representatives for every senate and assembly seat in each of the forty (40) legislative districts!

#140,000 and 2.1 million: New Jersey has approximately 140,000 registered nurses in New Jersey. In the last gubernatorial election in 2017, 2.1 million people voted. Nurses comprise a significant voting block that can determine who our governor and legislative representatives will be.

On behalf of NJSNA, please exercise your right to vote by November 2.

Respectfully,

NJSNA President Mary Ellen Levine, DNP, RN

Interested Nurses Political Action Committee (INPAC) Chair Keith L. Hovey, JD, BSN, RN

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