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The League of Women Voters is a pre-eminent source for voter service education and has provided nonpartisan information to New Jerseyans for 90 years. As a grassroots organization the League works to build participation in the democratic process and educate the public on key community issues.

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Voter Registration Deadline: October 14

The voter registration deadline for the November 4th general election is fast approaching! In New Jersey, the deadline is Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, millions of voters will head to the polls and stand up for what matters most to them. Together our votes will influence policies and issues that are addressed by our elected officials. These elections are about our jobs, our health, our communities, our security and our future. They are about us; we all need to weigh in.

If you are not registered or need to change your address or name, print out and mail in a voter registration form today!

Unsure if you are registered or if your information is up to date? Check here. Questions? Call our toll-free voter assistance hotline, 1-800-792-VOTE (8683).

Ocean Board of Education Candidate Forum

Candidates for the Ocean Township Board of Education will appear at 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 27, at the Board Offices in the old Oakhurst Schoolhouse, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst. The 90-minute forum, held by the non-partisan Ocean Township League of Women Voters, begins and ends with statements from the candidates, but devotes most of its time to questions from voters.

Three seats are open, and three candidates, Robert Acerra, Joseph Hadden, and Richard Long -- all incumbents -- are running. Responses by each candidate to three questions from the League can be found here.

Freeholder Candidate Forum

The candidate forum for the county freeholders is taking place at 7 p.m., Wednesday evening, October 22, in the county library headquarters, Symmes Road, Manalapan. Two seats are at stake this year and all four candidates will be attending. With cost cutting efforts leading to elimination of many boards and positions, we are facing some tough questions and issues. Please come and hear what the candidates have to say on this and other topics of interest.

NJ Ballot Initiatives

On the 2014 are two ballot initiatives, both involving amendments to the state constitution. The first concerns pre-trial detention and the second the dedication of taxes to environmental concerns. Explanations of the arguments for and against, provided by the NJ League of Women Voters, are available here.

Voter Service and Dessert!

Representatives of Monmouth County's three local Leagues Dessert! offered free dessert and coffee at JBJ's Soul Kitchen in Red Bank. The effort was to let people know about the League, to attract new members, to register voters, and to provide mail-in ballot applications to anyone interested.

Facts & Issues Comes to the Internet

We're back, and better than ever -- and now available on In the Search box enter "lwvto" to find our videos. You can also click on the Navigation bar to the left labeled Facts & Issues, The League on TV, or click here. You can still find host Marie Curtis on Verizon FIOS channel 22 and Cablevision Optimum channel 77, interviewing government officials and involved citizens working to make a difference.

To view a video in full-screen, put your cursor over the image, and controls will appear. At the bottom right will be an X-like character. Click on it and the image will go full-screen.

Facts & Issues is now recorded in Town Hall using facilities generously made available by Ocean TV, part of the municipal government. The League is grateful to the Town for use of the space and equipment, and to Tom Reu, who heads Ocean TV and is a patient and thoughtful instructor.

New York Times visits Ocean Township

"The 'Ocean' is aspirational," headlines the Times, which featured the township in its Real Estate section recently. Describing the neighborhoods, featuring some homes, reviewing schools, taxes, what to do, and the commute, the Times survey is for anyone interested in moving here, or in knowing a little about the town -- but not for anyone curious about how Ocean came by its name. If you're interested in the history, click here.

Here is the Times' story.