Throughout the year, Lunch and Learn programs provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers in an informal setting. Speakers include authors, advocates and community leaders. Registration for Lunch & Learn programs is available to members and nonmembers.

Lunch and Learn (Late Edition!) 

2020 Election Crisis: Pandemic at the Polls

Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m., via Zoom

With Jesse Burns, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters New Jersey, and Benjamin Dworkin, Director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship 

Four years ago we saw sweeping efforts to interfere in U.S. elections that included disinformation, stolen campaign emails and attacks on voting systems, as well as systematic voter suppression and partisan gerrymandering. 

And that was before Covid-19 made voting a public health issue.  

We’ve been scrambling to upgrade cyberdefenses, increase registration and educate voters about the safety of Vote By Mail. But with the threats to the 2020 election more numerous and more sophisticated than ever, how can we protect our electoral system? 

NCJW/Essex’s September Lunch and Learn (Late Edition!), “Election Crisis 2020: Pandemic at the Polls” will examine the efforts to undermine democracy in the United States and what we can do now to combat them. 

Registration is $10. This event fee helps sustain NCJW/Essex programs that improve the lives of women, children, and families.

Online registration for today’s event is now closed. You can register by email until 4 p.m. by emailing Gail Sample at gsample@ncjwessex.org.

An email with the Zoom link will be sent the day of the event.


Jesse Burns is the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. Jesse has been with the League of Women Voters since 2007, previously serving as the organization’s Communications Director. The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has stood out as a critical and trusted voting rights and civic engagement organization, educating hundreds of thousands of voters about important election and policy information. In the last three years the League has added several new chapters, grown its membership, doubled its staff to better serve New Jersey’s voters, and has been instrumental in passing several pieces of voting rights legislation including online voter registration, automatic voter registration, and rights restoration for people on parole and probation.  

Dr. Benjamin Dworkin serves as the founding Director of the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. He also teaches courses in the Rowan University Department of Political Science. As one of New Jersey’s most astute and widely quoted political analysts, he serves as a non-partisan commentator on political developments for media in New Jersey and nationally. He has appeared on numerous network and cable news shows, and is frequently quoted by all of New Jersey’s major newspapers and radio stations, as well as The New York TimesWall Street JournalUSA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times. In 2016, Dr. Dworkin was named one of the 100 most powerful unelected people in New Jersey politics.