FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- When a New Jersey statewide poll assessed the public’s knowledge of the court and Constitution, it was learned that 54 percent could not name a single Supreme Court justice and 62 percent did not know that nine justices serve on the court.
With those kind of numbers, the Fair Lawn League of Women Voters knew it was time to spring into action. They are doing just that by presenting a new community-wide program, "Civics for Citizens."
The league, in conjunction with the Fair Lawn High School chapter of the Social Studies National Honor Society, will present the program from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday in the D-Cafe' of the high school.
The overall goal of the program is to raise awareness among the electorate to the political process at all levels of government and to inform and educate the public on their rights and responsibilities as citizens, with an emphasis on the structural procedures in place that make our democracy work.
The centerpiece of the program will be an interactive quiz game that will allow the leaders to gauge responses from the participants. Attendees will also have an opportunity to speak to their local elected officials about their role in government.
All residents and elected officials are invited to attend.
The League of Women Voters is an outgrowth of the 19th amendment passed in 1920 giving women the right to vote. Since then, the league has earned nationwide respect for its endeavors to disseminate nonpartisan information to the public on candidates and issues in addition to providing educational forums, meetings and publications.. Both men and women are eligible for membership; contact: LWVFairlawn@gmail.org .
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