Voting Rights

Click here to learn more about our 2020 Get Out the Vote initiatives.

Click here for everything you need to know about voting in NJ.

Your vote is your voice. 

At NCJW/Essex, our goal is to increase civic engagement in the United States, countering efforts to exclude individuals from the electoral process. We have worked to expand voting rights, drive voter turnout, educate on the issues, and engage advocates. Our ultimate objective is that every eligible voter be able to register to vote, cast a ballot, and engage in all levels of government in a deep and meaningful way. This includes actively opposing partisan gerrymandering efforts in New Jersey. NCJW/Essex is a member of Fair Districts New Jersey.


General Election: Tuesday, Nov 3, 2020 

Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 

Am I registered to vote? Check here

Voter Registration: Find it here.

New Jersey is introducing a new online voter registration slated to be available on Sept. 4.

To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be: 

  • A United States citizen 
  • At least 17 years old, though you may not vote until you have reached the age of 18 
  • A resident of the county for 30 days before the election 
  • A person not serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state or of the United States. 

Get the facts about Vote By Mail here.

For the November 2020 Election, all ballots will be mailed directly to registered voters by October 5, 2020.

Voters will be able to return ballots:

  • By mail
  • By depositing it in a secure drop box (list of drop boxes can be found here)
  • By handing it directly to a poll worker at a polling place on Election Day

All ballots being returned through the U.S. Postal System must:

  • Carry a postmark by Tuesday, Nov. 3
  • Be received by the County Clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10

Ballots that lack postmarks due to postal error and received by 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 will be considered valid.

For more information on how you can get involved, email

Get the facts about Vote By Mail here.

Gun Violence Prevention

The United States has higher rates of gun violence than any other developed nation in the world, with 33,000 individuals killed every year by guns. The proliferation of and easy access to guns has resulted in an epidemic of gun violence — from deadly domestic abuse to suicide and school shootings.

NCJW/Essex believes that our laws and policies should regulate guns to prevent gun violence and save lives. These commonsense public safety laws include:

  • Requiring gun buyers to pass a criminal background check, including closing the private sale loophole
  • Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  • Criminalizing gun trafficking
  • Eliminating loopholes that allow convicted stalkers and domestic abusers access to guns which can reduce gun violence and save lives. 

NCJW/Essex is proud to have provided testimony in support of gun safety bills in Trenton and regularly educate our members about how to talk to legislators about gun violence prevention. NCJW/Essex is a member of the Coalition for Peace Action. []

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Anti-Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Victims of human trafficking can be exploited for the purpose of sexual activity, including prostitution and pornography, as well as many types of forced labor, including domestic servitude and hospitality. Traffickers lure and control their victims through use of force, fraud or coercion; using such techniques as psychological abuse, false employment offers, document holding and isolation. Women and children are the most likely victims of trafficking — sold into dangerous and abusive situations.

NCJW/Essex is committed to exposing and addressing the multiple aspects of human trafficking through public awareness, education and advocacy. We have participated in the SOAP (Save our Adolescents from Prostitution) campaign – delivering resources including free soap bars labeled with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to area hotels –  and we are launching a poster outreach campaign.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Committee Presents:  

Protecting Children Online: Gaming, Social Media and the Dark Web 
Tuesday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.

The pandemic has created a perfect storm for online predators. Many schools are virtual. Kids are on devices nonstop. Social distancing is creating isolation and boredom. Online exploitation in New Jersey alone has increased more than 200% in the past few months.  
The question we’ve heard again and again — How can I protect my children/grandchildren when they are online all the time? 

Join us as Lt. John Pizzuro — Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force – helps families better understand the subtle methods predators use to groom children for exploitation, from a simple ‘like’ on social media to future trafficking. Learn the risks as well as the solutions to protecting children now as we learn to adapt to this “new normal.”

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required. Zoom information will be sent the day before the event.

Online registration is now closed. To find out if there is still space available to join this event, please email Gail at or call the office at 973.740.0588.

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NCJW/Essex is a member of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking. []

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Reproductive Rights

Click here to learn more about how NCJW/Essex advocated for reproductive rights in 2020.

NCJW/Essex is committed to creating a world where all people, regardless of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, or immigration status, have the right to build their families and live their lives with dignity. We are committed to advancing the goals of reproductive rights so that every woman can make her own decisions about her body, health, and family.

Our section has been a leader in the reproductive health and rights movement in New Jersey. We have campaigned against fake medical clinics, advocated for more comprehensive reproductive health education, and fought to have state family planning funding restored. While much advancement has been made in our state to legally secure a person’s right to abortion and contraception, there is more to be done to truly ensure reproductive freedom for all. Until every woman has the power to make her own informed decisions about her body, sexuality, and future, our work is not over.

All our efforts are based upon a reproductive justice foundation. NCJW/Essex is a member of Right to Thrive New Jersey.

Click below to watch our first Advocacy-in-a-Minute video, where Reproductive Rights co-chair Phoebe Pollinger discusses Title X and the “gag rule.”

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