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News from the Rutgers Social Policy Network
November 2, 2021


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Polls are OPEN until 8 pm tonight! Find your polling location here.
Voting Questions? Need to Report an Issue at the Polls? Call the League of Women Voters NJ hotline at 1-800-792-8683
Have you already voted? Track your ballot to ensure your vote is counted.
What's on YOUR ballot? Review a personalized ballot here!
All NJ voters have two statewide ballot questions to answer this year. Read more on each statewide ballot question here.
Read about each of the Gubernatorial candidates here, which include members of the Green, Libertarian, Socialist Workers, Republican, and Democratic party.

The Polls are Open in New Jersey, NJ Globe:
"For the 19th time under the current State Constitution, voters will decide who will serve as Governor of New Jersey for the next four years. ... All 120 members of the New Jersey Legislature are up today...There are also potentially competitive county elections in Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester counties, with Somerset and Burlington at least worth watching."

Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa prepare for final showdown in New York City mayor’s race, NY Times: "Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee, heads into Election Day as the strong favorite in a city where Republicans are vastly outnumbered by Democrats. Mr. Adams, a former police officer who pressed for reforms from within the system, has run a campaign tightly focused on matters of public safety, which he hoped would resonate across the city."

It’s Election Day in Pa. and N.J. Here’s what’s at stake, WHYY: "In-person voting opened at 7 a.m. in Pennsylvania and 6 a.m. in New Jersey and will close at 8 p.m. in both states. Both states also use mail ballots extensively, but be careful: If you haven’t mailed in your ballot yet, it’s too late to be sure it’ll get submitted in time. Luckily, both states allow voters to drop ballots off at drop boxes, or at their county elections offices. Voters can find New Jersey ballot dropoff locations online, as well as Pennsylvania ballot dropoff locations."

52 - The number of NJ municipalities affected by Tropical Storm Ida, whose residents can apply for disaster food assistance, NJ Spotlight:
"Eligible households will receive a one-month food assistance benefit on an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card... The application period is from Monday, Nov. 15 through Friday, Nov. 19. Eligible individuals can apply at their local board of social services."

Here's why the other 48 states care who's governor of Virginia and New Jersey, NPR: "Ranked 11th and 12th in population nationally, they account for a little over 5% of the nation. But they punch above their weight as the first statewide tests of a president's popularity after a national election. Interest tends to be most acute when a new president is serving his first year in office."

Five things to watch in the Virginia governor's race, The Hill: "Polls show former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) neck and neck with former private equity CEO Glenn Youngkin (R), making Democrats nervous as the party prepares for a midterm election year that will likely be viewed as a referendum on President Biden’s first term in office."

Social workers press Democrats to make Child Tax Credit permanent, Politico: "Hundreds of social workers, social work researchers and practitioners called on Congress today to permanently extend and make refundable the enhanced Child Tax Credit enacted in President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package this spring". Hundreds of Rutgers SSW students participated!

The 2020 census likely left out people of color at rates higher than a decade ago, NPR: "Researchers at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank say that while the Census Bureau may have continued to overcount people who identified as white and not Latino, it also likely failed to count some 2.5 million people in other racial and ethnic groups."

Poison in the Air, ProPublica: "The EPA allows polluters to turn neighborhoods into “sacrifice zones” where residents breathe carcinogens. ProPublica reveals where these places are in a first-of-its-kind map and data analysis.

The Social Work Policy Network's e-newsletter is created by:
Brittany Libby, MSW Graduate Student, Network Research Assistant
Dr. Lenna Nepomnyaschy, RU Associate Professor, Network Founder

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