Click to see Rep. Andy Kim's (NJ-D3) responses to our candidate questionnaire. Please share with any voters in the district that you know (click here to see a list of towns of the district).
National Peace Action has endorsed Rep. Kim, and is hiring a temporary organizer for his campaign.
First, check online to make sure you’re registered. Do it now: October 13th is the deadline.
Second, vote as soon as possible -- and track your vote online. The two biggest reasons why mail-in ballots were rejected in the recent primary election were that they arrived too late to be counted, due to COVID delays, or the signature was missing. So, act soon.
Third, use drop boxes if you can, rather than a regular postal box. Given that the Postmaster is a friend of President Trump, and behind recent mischief at the post office, why not steer clear of it?
These secure boxes are controlled by the state. “As you get closer to the election, no question you should be putting It in the drop boxes,” says Larry Norden, a vote-by-mail expert at the Brennan Center.
“It is the most direct way to get the ballot from your hands into the hands of those who will be counting the votes,” adds Sen. Troy Singleton, who pushed to ensure every county has at least 10 ballot drop boxes.
Granted, if the nearest one is still a bus ride away, some voters will have to rely on the Post Office. Historically, the USPS has played fair, but it would be wise to hand-deliver your ballot to the post office so it’s postmarked right in front of you. (Click here to read full article.)
THE 10/12 CAMPAIGN; VOTE EARLY
The 10/12 Campaign is an early vote campaign championed by New Jersey Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (joined by community leaders, activist and union leaders) aimed at encouraging voters to cast their ballot on or before October 12, 2020. This is 20 days before the November 3 deadline.
In what’s expected to be the first U.S. presidential election conducted mostly by mail, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, and countless community, civic, and religious leaders are encouraging voters to mail or submit their ballot to county offices, officially secured voter drop boxes or by mail by October 12th in an effort to ensure that their vote is counted. The 10/12 Campaign will employ an aggressive social media campaign to encourage voters to vote early that will include peer-to-peer texting, engagement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) joined Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) to encourage voters to send in their mail-in ballots on or before Oct. 12 during a virtual event. Click here to watch!
“In the middle of this deadly pandemic, voting by mail in a contactless and socially distant manner makes sense, but submitting your ballot in time to verify that it was received and counted is even smarter,” said Watson Coleman. “The 10/12 Campaign is a community-based effort to mobilize voters to vote early and bypass any threats of mail delay, voter fraud and voter suppression.”
2020 Presidential Race Peace Voter Guide
If you aren't in the list below yet, click here to support the publication of the Presidential Guide above as a Signature Ad, to be published in newspapers in the key swing state of Pennsylvania.
Signers as of 10/19:
Ed Aguilar & Conna Clark
New Jersey Congressional District 2 Peace Voter Guide
Click here for important information about voting in Pennsylvania.
Be sure to carefully follow the directions on your mail-in or absentee ballot, or your vote will not be counted. This includes marking your ballot in blue or black pen, sealing your ballot in the inner secrecy envelope that says “official ballot” and then placing it in the outer return envelope, sealing it and signing it.
Updated 9/21 -- Philly is opening 17 early voting locations across the city.
Click here for the NJ website with links to register to vote online, and to track your mail-in ballot! Mail-in ballots in NJ started being sent out to all active voters on September 19. If you are not sure whether or not you are an "active" voter, you can check your status at this link. If you are "inactive," contact your county clerk's office ASAP.
See below for infographics summarizing the NJ election logistics:
A checklist to empower yourself and others to Vote for Peace and Democracy
(summarized from this document by John Lawrence)
1. We vote. We win! If America’s multiracial working class turns out, Democrats can win via a “blue wave.”
2. Voting is Power. This election is not about Biden. The primary goal is to end the Trump presidency. Progressives are fighting to set the political agenda for the next four years.
3. Everyone Must Verify That They Are Registered to Vote. Between 2016 and 2018, 17 million people were purged from the voter rolls. Organizers can check voter registrations through websites such as People’s Power Grab.
4. Educate People About “New Jim Crow” Voting Rules. Teach voters the voting rules for their state so they can defeat voter suppression. For example, everyone needs to know what ID’s are accepted in your state.
5. Make Sure Vote-By-Mail Ballots Are Counted. Voting by mail is a multistep process. If a voter makes one mistake, their vote can be tossed out or “spoiled.” There is already evidence that Black voters’ mail-in ballots are rejected more often than White voters’. Voters need to be taught the step-by-step process for completing mail-in ballots to minimize spoiled votes.
6. Vote Early, in person if possible.
7. Be Prepared to Fight for the Right to Vote: Bring Valid ID to Vote.
8. Become a Poll Worker or a Nonpartisan Election Protection Volunteer. Older polling place workers are choosing not to volunteer this year. A lack of poll workers could suppress the vote of people of color, as well as the youth, elderly, and new voters.
9. Get Involved in Registering People to Vote and Campaigning
10. Protest Voter Suppression, Defend Democracy
Or, use coupon below and mail to 40 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Click here to download as PDF.
Candidate Briefings and Questionnaire Responses:
As part of our Peace Voter campaign, CFPA organizes a delegation of its leaders and issue experts to educate candidates on gun violence prevention; Diplomacy, Not War with Iran and North Korea; nuclear "modernization;" the Nuclear Ban Treaty; a Peace Economy; No Wars, No Warming; drone warfare; and paper ballot voting.
On March 9, 2020, CFPA's delegation briefed Congressional candidate Brigid Harrison (D) of District 2 (currently held by Rep. Jeff Van Drew). See pictures below.
A Briefing by the same team of experts and organizational leaders was held via conference call on March 16 with Amy Kennedy, the other top candidate (both women!) in the District 2 Democratic Primary race for who will face incumbent (recently switched to Republican) Rep. Jeff Van Drew in the November Election.
For District 4 (currently held by Rep. Chris Smith), CFPA briefed candidate Christine Conforti (D) via Zoom (video-conference). Click here to view a recording of the briefing!
The Peace Voter Campaign Model of the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA)
(Click here for a PDF of this report)
I’m proud that in 1995 CFPA did the first Peace Voter Campaign in the nation and has been a pioneer ever since in what has now become a national model for effectively influencing elections for Peace and Gun Violence Prevention (GVP).
That first effort was a pilot project to see if such a campaign could have a significant impact. The targeted race was in a NJ State Legislative district in which a young lawyer, Reed Gusciora, was running against a former Deputy Police Chief of Trenton, Joe Constance, who was in favor of assault weapons. Mr. Constance was an NRA poster boy and was quoted as saying that in terms of access to guns, “the more bullets, the better.”
We created a Peace Voter Guide comparing the two on that issue and printed 10,000 copies. Under adult supervision CFPA’s Youth for Peace affiliate went door to door to distribute them in Trenton, the largest city in the district. CFPA volunteers also called 2,000 members of the Brady Campaign from the district pointing out the sharp contrast between the candidates and urging them to keep that in mind when deciding how to vote.
Even though Mr. Gusciora, the pro-GVP candidate was outspent $300,000 to $30,000, he won. It was a David and Goliath type of story. He came to us afterwards and said our efforts were critical to his victory.
In 1996, CFPA targeted our first US Congressional races. Through 2018, we have targeted about 50 close races in NJ, PA, and (in partnership with that state’s Peace Action) WI. The resulting Peace Voter Guides were based on Candidate Questionnaires signed by the candidate, as well as public positions taken. We have continued to publish hard copies of the Peace Voter Guides, as well as versions on our web site and in social media. We have emailed the Guides to our listserve, as have sister organizations, increasing the synergistic impact.
Another CFPA innovation has been to publish the Peace Voter Guide as signature ads in newspapers in the targeted districts. We solicit supporters to contribute a suggested amount of $25 per name, more or less accepted, and have raised as much as $14,000 per cycle. We run the paid half page ads shortly before Election Day, and they have now appeared in over 5 million copies of newspapers! Over 80% of the candidates shown to be significantly better on Peace and GVP issues have won!
A final CFPA innovation started in late 1999, when CFPA first offered 90-minute Candidate Briefings by CFPA experts and organizational representatives (including of faith groups) to major party candidates in the US Senate race in NJ, where the incumbent was retiring. We did the Briefings for 5 of the 6 major party candidates before the early June 2000 Primary. To date, CFPA has conducted over 100 Briefings, with a significant portion to Republican candidates!
Candidate Briefings give us a chance to start a strong relationship with candidates, many of whom have had no prior experience with the issues we work on. A good example was Jon Corzine, a business executive who had never held public office, and who ultimately won the race. Senator-elect Corzine then accepted our invitation to have another meeting before he took office, at which we went over our legislative priorities. He was very responsive, and subsequently wrote a bill on De-alerting Nuclear Weapons, one of our issues.
This model has been shared with peace groups across the country, and as far as I know, some or all of it has been used in California, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, and Maine.
For further information contact me: The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace Action