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 4 ballot. The League also sent a candidate questionnaire to all New Jersey candidates running for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Both the ballot question analyses and the candidate responses are available at www.lwvnj.org

The first public question asks if voters approve amending the Constitution to allow a court to order pretrial detention of a person in a criminal case, changing the current constitutional right to bail. The second public question asks if voters approve amending the Constitution to dedicate certain State revenues each year for environmental programs. For each question, the League provides background information and provides reasons to vote “yes” and reasons to vote “no.” The League does not take a position on either public question.

“This information gives voters a fighting chance once they’re in the voting booth.  Often ballot questions are complicated,” said Kerry Butch, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. “Using our nonpartisan informational tools, voters can easily examine each public question and cast an informed vote.”

The 2014 Candidate Questionnaire consists of twelve questions that ask for the candidates’ positions on a range of topics of interest to New Jersey voters including unemployment, taxes, education, immigration, health care, and energy. The candidates’ responses are listed by district.

“These questionnaires allow voters to directly compare where candidates stand on the same issue,” added Butch. “Using the candidate questionnaires, voters can informatively cast a vote which best represents their own views and positions.”

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 and candidates. The League of Women Voters is an excellent resource for voters because of a strict nonpartisan stance.