December 2021
Over a dozen Lawrence League members and friends enjoyed the very timely play, "What the Constitution Means to Me," last evening at McCarter Theater.
We were especially happy to welcome Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson and her interns, Zanobia and Imani, both high school seniors. When playwright and protagonist Heidi Schrek was 15 years-old, she earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the U.S. Now in her 40s, her latest play is very personal, funny, and human. It reminds the audience that the Constitution remains relevant although it sometimes fails to protect all of us from violence and discrimination.
Here is a link to details of the Princeton performances which continue through Sunday, December 12: What the Constitution Means to Me at McCarter
For those of you unable to attend, or those who did attend, but would like to compare it to Amazon Prime's series of the same name which stars the playwright Heidi Schrek, here is a link to the broadcast version:
Also, I'd like to personally recommend a non-fiction book about the writing of the U.S. Constitution: "Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation" by Joseph J. Ellis. Published in 2000, it's a good read and helps you get to know the people and the process behind the writing of the Constitution. Although it does not address gender problems to the extent Schrek's play does, Ellis devotes a large portion of the work to the blinding racial biases and willful silence regarding slavery by the founding authors.
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 "What the Constitution Means to Me"
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Early Voting on October 23, 2021

the Lawrence Public Library.

Thank you to our volunteer Ellen Maack who went LIVE on Vote Early Day Instagram before her day as mother of the groom to tell the country about Early Voting in New Jersey!
Congratulations Ellen Maak and her family! Your dedication and service to our League of Women Voters of the U.S. and your community is incredible. Enjoy the wedding!
Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped on Saturday, October 23 from 11 AM to 2 PM, when our League celebrated National Vote Early Day  in New Jersey. Thank you to the Lawrence Headquarters Public Library and Mercer County Board of Elections and Vote Early Day for taking part in our celebration of safe, accessible, and EARLY voting in New Jersey!
Inside, the Library you could Vote Early, in person, on a machine. Early Voting at the Lawrence Library continued from October 23 through October 31.
Voting hours were Monday-Saturday, 10 AM to 8 PM and Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM.

PLEASE NOTE that if you are a current Vote-by-Mail voter and have not opted out, you may still vote in person by paper provisional ballot at an Early Voting site or on Election Day instead of voting your mail-in ballot. 
If you have questions about voting in person, by mail or (new this year!) early voting, we are here to help. Let’s #GOTV 2021! #VoteReady #VoteEarly #NJVotes
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Lawrence Township Board of Education Candidates Night-October 6, 2021: Watch HERE

In this November's general election, six candidates are running to fill three seats on the Lawrence Township Board of Education. The field of six includes two incumbents and four challengers. Candidates presented their views and answered questions at a virtual Board of Education Forum on Wednesday October 6, at 7PM. The event is organized by the non-partisan League of Women Voters of Lawrence and was livestreamed via FBpage The public was invited and encouraged to submit questions for the candidates in advance of the forum via The two incumbents are Jo Ann L. Groeger and Kevin Van Hise. Challengers who seek election to the Board are Laura Berger, Falk Engel, Drew Greenspan and Robert Pluta. A preview of the candidates and their positions on Board of Education issues are available at www.Vote411.  The website is organized by the League of Women Voters and includes a brief biography of each candidate. For more information, please visit or phone 609-301-0401.
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LWVLT member and professional harpist Georganne D'Angelo performed to benefit our Youth Leadership Award program for area high school seniors. The musical theme was "The Year that Wasn't" with selections honoring Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Christmas and Wedding ceremonies.

A huge Thank You and congratulations to Georganne for her lovely outdoor harp concert on the afternoon of October 2! Her audience of 24 so enjoyed listening to her music in her front yard. And, thanks to all those who donated (whether or not they were able to attend), $800 was raised for the LWVLT Youth Leadership Award 2022.

               If you missed the opportunity to contribute to our Youth Leadership Award, you can                                                                                   Donate via Pay Pal HERE

If you could not attend, here is a short sample for your listening pleasure.

BENEFIT CONCERT               SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021               4 TO 6 pm
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June 26, 2021 Annual

Meeting & Awards

Village Park, Lawrenceville, NJ


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Hadi Raza 
Senior Lawrence High
Noelia Martinez
Senior Trenton Central High
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2021 Annual Meeting

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 We also honored our retiring Co-Chair and long-time Treasurer, Lois Riskin.


Here is our incoming Board of Directors:

Co-Chair: Nicole Plett & Kate Schumacher

Co-Secretary: Heather Berman & Ann Wolf

Voter Service Co-Chair: Nicole Plett & Ellen Maak

Treasurer: Marian Zelazny

Technical Director: Diane Subber

Directors: Judy Brickman, Georganne D'Angelo,

Brittany Holom-Trundy, Jennifer Pavlik, Veronica Pickering,

Elaine Rafferty, Amie Rukenstein, Joan Tomlin.

Thank You Lois For Being Our
Super Hero!

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Did you miss our May 12, 2021 event?

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View our latest program

Can We Make New Jersey a More Equitable Place to Live, Vote and Thrive?

Featured guest speaker Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson

Thank you for all who joined us. Please view the recording below. 


The League of Women Voters has a long history of voter advocacy, but is known to have excluded the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), a fact that the League owns and acknowledges as part of its 100-year history. The year 2020 forced a heightened recognition of the implications of institutional racism. And this was a moment when the LWV formally committed to focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). 
Local Leagues have taken this effort seriously and have championed this commitment in practice and included the vision in their mission. The LWV of Lawrence organized and hosted this event to honor its pledge to antiracism. We welcome feedback and the opportunity to assist our members and our community grow as antiracist.
For continued learning please visit the LWV website here:


Thank you for joining “Can We Make New Jersey an Equitable Place to Live, Vote and Thrive?” as we posed questions to a roundtable discussion with Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and leaders of the Black Solidarity Group of Lawrence on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7 PM via Zoom. Program members will include Kyla Allen, Jayda-Milan Parker and Kayla Phillips in a conversation about equity and inclusion in Mercer County facilitated by Dr. Simona L. Brickers of the Lawrence LWV.
View the recording HERE.  Read Press Release HERE