Trenton, New Jersey— As part of an effort to encourage informed participation in the upcoming General Election, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund has posted analyses of the two public questions that will appear on the November 5 ballot. The “in plain language” analyses of the ballot questions can be found on www.lwvnj.org.
“This information gives voters a fighting chance once they’re in the voting booth. Often ballot questions are complicated and voters appreciate the opportunity to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision,” said Kerry Butch, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. “Using our nonpartisan informational tools, voters can easily examine the public questions and cast an informed vote.”
Both questions ask voters if they approve amending the state Constitution. The first public question asks if voters approve of a constitutional amendment to allow veterans’ organizations to use money collected from existing games of chance to support their organizations. The second asks if voters approve a Constitutional amendment to set a state minimum wage with annual cost of living increases.
For each question, the League provides the question and interpretative statement as they will appear on the ballot, as well as background information and balanced reasons voters might wish to vote yes or no. The League takes no position on either public question.
For example, the League includes five reasons that voters might wish to vote “yes” and amend the Constitution to set a state minimum wage as well as five reasons voters might wish to vote “no” on that same question. One reason listed for voting yes is “Increasing the purchasing power of low wage workers could benefit the economy as well as the workers directed affected.” A listed reason that voters might want to vote no on that same question is “Increasing the minimum wage might reduce the number of available jobs and/or increase the cost of products and services.”
Many New Jersey voters have been calling the League’s toll free voter assistance hotline, 1-800-792-VOTE (8683), requesting information about the public questions. The League of Women Voters is an excellent resource for voters because of a strict nonpartisan stance. Visit www.lwvnj.org to learn more about the ballot questions and the League.