MIDDLESEX COUNTY GOP UPDATE

Written and distributed since 2003 by Donald Katz, Esq., Republican State Committeeman for Middlesex County and Counsel, Middlesex County Republican Organization


NEW JERSEY FINALLLY JOINS THE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION INFORMATION CENTER (“ERIC”) WHICH WILL HELP US CLEAN UP THE VOTER ROLLS
 
The State of New Jersey has finally joined the Electronic Registration Information Center, (called “ERIC”) which will help us clean up our voter rolls.
 
ERIC is a public charity non-profit membership organization now comprised of 33 states and the District of Columbia. It is, essentially, a co-op of member states, which was formed in 2012 by seven states, assisted by the Pew Charitable Trusts.  I first suggested NJ join ERIC when I publicly spoke to then Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who, as Secretary of State, served as New Jersey’s Chief Election Official, before a meeting of election officials back in 2013 or 2014 and I have been pushing for this action since that time.
 
The following explains what ERIC does, and is from their website:

At least every 60 days, each member state submits their voter registration data and licensing and identification data from motor vehicle departments (MVD) to ERIC. ERIC refers to these data as Member Data. ERIC’s technical staff uses sophisticated data matching software to compare Member Data from all member states, sometimes with data from other sources, to create the following four “list maintenance” reports:
1) Cross-State Movers Report: Identifies voters who appear to have moved from one ERIC state to another using voter registration data and MVD data. 
2) In-State Movers Report: Identifies voters who appear to have moved within the state using voter registration and MVD data. 
3) Duplicate Report: Identifies voters with duplicate registrations in the same state using voter registration data. 
4) Deceased Report: Identifies voters who have died using voter registration data and Social Security death data known as the Limited Access Death Master File. 
In addition, ERIC offers three other reports: 
1) Eligible but Unregistered Report: Identifies individuals who appear to be eligible but who are not yet registered by matching voter registration data against MVD data/
2) National Change of Address (NCOA) Report: Identifies voters who have moved using official data ERIC licenses from the US Postal Service.]
3) Voter Participation Report: After each federal general election, states can request reports identifying voters who may have cast ballots in more than one state or more than one ballot in the same state.
 
More information about ERIC can be found on its website: ericstates.org.
 
POLITICAL TRIVIA:
 
Here are some political trivia questions.  I hope you enjoy them.  The answers are below, immediately above the calendar:
 
1.  Which U.S. President’s last words were: “I love you, Sarah, for all eternity, I love you”?
 
2.  Which major party presidential candidate nominee ran three times and lost all three races?
 
3.  Who was the first U.S. Vice President?
 
4.  Who was the first U.S. President to choose their own vice-presidential running mate?
 
5.  Which U.S. Vice President was sworn into office in Cuba?
 
6.  What were women not allowed to do on the U.S. Senate floor until 1993?
 
7.  What style change did the female Supreme Court Justices make to their robes?
 
SOUTH PLAINFIELD LABOR DAY PARADE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
 
The South Plainfield Labor Day Parade, (on Monday, September 5th), is the traditional kickoff of the County GOP and other GOP campaigns, even though we know that our candidates have been, and will continue to be, out there campaigning for quite a while prior to Labor Day.  The following is a message from April Bengivenga, the South Plainfield GOP Chair:
 
The MCRO county candidates, along with the Sue Kiley for Congress campaign are looking for walkers to join them in the parade.  Chairman Rob Bengivenga is asking everyone to please consider coming out to support them.
 
Volunteers & Candidates are to meet at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, 2900 Norwood Avenue, South Plainfield 07080 at 10:00 a.m.   We will then walk to the parade line up which is only a few blocks away. Line up is 10:30. Parade starts at 12:00. 
 
Attire: Theme of Parade: Parade Around the World  (Celebrating Achievements of Worldwide Cultures) If you have any shirts that represent your cultural heritage, please feel free to wear or come dressed in red, white and blue, or you are welcome to wear any other candidate’s shirt who will be walking with us.  We will have signs for you to carry.
 
IMPORTANT: Parade ends at the South Plainfield Middle School.  Please make sure you  have transportation at the end of the parade to get home or back to Kennedy School. 
 
Email aprilnbob@aol.com or call 908-251-4066 if you are attending or for more info.
 
TRIVIA CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION
 
In my last newsletter I asked the political trivia question: “In one presidential election 3 of the 4 major party candidates for U.S. President or Vice President went on to become the President of the United States.  Which one did not and in what election did this occur?”  
 
The Spotswood GOP Chair Charles “Chuck” Hager called to my attention that the question – and the answer I gave was not complete.  The answer I gave was: “James M Cox, who was the losing Democrat nominee for president in 1920.  His vice-presidential running mate, Franklin D. Roosevelt and both the Republican candidates for president, Warren G. Harding, and for vice president, Calvin Coolidge, all went on to become President of the United States.”  
 
However, there were actually two presidential elections where this occurred.  This also occurred in 1960 where Nixon, Kennedy and Johnson all were future presidents and Henry Cabot Lodge was not.
 
Thank you Chuck.
 
ANSWERS TO POLITICAL TRIVIA:
 
1.  James K. Polk, who died on June 15, 1849.  His wife, Sarah, lived until 1891.
 
2.  William Jennings Bryan, in 1896, 1900 and 1908.
 
3.  John Adams
 
4.  Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1940, when he convinced the Democrat Convention to allow him to select his own running mate for his third term: Henry Wallace.
 
5.  William R. King, Vice President under Franklin Pierce, suffered from tuberculosis. After his election to the vice presidency, he left Washington for temperate Cuba to try to recover his health. While there, he petitioned Congress to allow him to be sworn into office outside the country. They complied, and on March 24, 1853, King took the oath of office, administered by the U.S. consul in Cuba. He soon set sail for Alabama (his home state) and died just a day after arriving on U.S. soil.
 
6.  Wear pants.  Until 1993, the Senate floor dress code implied that women were to wear dresses or skirts.  Pants were not mentioned in these rules, and no women wore them, until Senators Barbara Mikulski, Nancy Kassebaum, and Carol Moseley-Braun decided it was time for a change. The women wore pants to work, calling for an updated dress code. Now, coordinated pantsuits are the norm.
 
7.  They added decorative collars.  The original robes for the Supreme Court Justices were tailored for men to showcase a collared shirt and tie underneath. But when Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Sandra Day O’Connor on the bench, they decided to update the robes with decorative collars, to feminize the look.
 
UPDATED CALENDAR
 
What follows is an updated calendar.  If you have any municipal or countywide fundraisers or functions you would like me to include in my e-mail calendar from time to time, please contact me at dkatzlaw@aol.com.  Please note that organizations and campaigns sometimes provide added information, change dates, or cancel events, which information I include in this calendar if I receive the information in time.  Therefore, if you plan to attend an event, please make sure you review the calendar listing in my latest e-mail and, to the extent you may not have pre-registered for the particular event so the sponsoring group will be able to contact you about any changes, you may want to check with the sponsoring group before you go, to make sure the information has not changed. Also, please be aware that these e-mails are not official MCRO notices or mailings; they are just something I do, voluntarily, to help our Republican Party.
 
August 15 (Monday 3:00 pm) – Drawing of ballot position for General Election Candidates by the County Clerk.
 
August 18 (Thursday 7:00 pm – ) –  Monroe GOP Club Meeting.  Monroe Township Public Library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township.  ( I, (Donald Katz), will be the speaker and I will be talking about Vote by Mail and related topics.  In the last few weeks, I have spoken on this topic before both the Sayreville and East Brunswick Republicans and if you are interested in hearing me speak on this topic, I believe the Monroe club would have no objection to you coming to the meeting even if you are not from Monroe.)
 
August 23 (Tuesday 7:00 pm – ) – Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club Meeting.  East Brunswick Library, 2 Civic Center Drive, (off Ryder’s Lane), East Brunswick.
 
September 13 (Tuesday) – Last day vacancy can occur for primary election nominees for the General Election.
 
September 15 (Thursday) – Deadline for filling primary election nominee vacancy for the General Election.
 
September 15 (Thursday 7:00 pm – ) – Spotswood Republican Club Meeting, VFW, Daniel Road, Spotswood.  Speaker NJ Conservative GOP President Paul Danielczyk on “Conservatism and the 2021 and the 2022 elections”.
 
September 24 (Saturday) – Statutory Deadline by which the County Clerk is supposed to start mailing out Vote by Mail (absentee) Ballots.  (45 days before General Election Day)
 
October 18 (Tuesday) – Last day to register to vote in the General Election. (An individual can now register online by visiting voter.svrs.nj.gov/register.)
 
October 25 (Tuesday) – Deadline for filing your list of Election Day challengers for the General Election, with the Board of Elections (Middlesex County Board of Elections, 11 Kennedy Boulevard, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816-1250.)
 
October 26 (Wednesday – Noon) – Statutory Deadline by which the County Clerk is supposed to mail out the Sample Ballots for the General Election.
 
October 29 – November 6 – Early in-person voting on voting machines.  There will be 10 voting sites around the county and a Middlesex County registered voter can vote at any one of the sites.
 
November 1 (Tuesday) – Last day for vote by mail (absentee) ballot applications to be received by the County Clerk by mail in order to vote in General Election.  (Middlesex County Clerk, P.O. Box 1110, 75 Bayard Street, 4th Floor, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1110).
 
November 7 (Monday 3:00 pm) – Last day to apply for a vote by mail (absentee) ballot in person (or by authorized messenger) at the County Clerk’s office in order to vote in the General Election.
 
November 8 – General Election Day
 
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Donald Katz, Esq.
Republican State Committeeman – Middlesex County and Counsel, Middlesex County Republican Organization
dkatzlaw@aol.com
17 Buffalo Run
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
(H) 732-251-3804
 
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