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Experts Can Provide Insights Into Primary and Fall Elections, Key Issues

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This summer New Jerseyans will vote in a special primary to select candidates for the October special election replace the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.  They will go to the polls again in November to determine who will govern the state for the next four years.  What’s more, the leadership of New Jersey’s largest city could be at stake, should current Mayor Cory Booker be sent to Washington, D.C., to replace Lautenberg.  Several faculty experts at Rutgers University, Newark, can provide informed insights into the candidates, the issues and the processes involved, and major issues facing the state in the coming years.

HOW A BOOKER NOMINATION WILL IMPACT NEWARK
Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History Clement A.
Price, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Price is founding director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, and also co-founded the renowned Marion Thompson Wright Lectures Series. He can discuss the special senate election in October and future leadership in Newark and in the Newark mayor's office if Booker runs for senate. CONTACT INFORMATION: 973-353-5414 (office), and caprice@andromeda.rutgers.edu

VOTING RIGHTS, ELECTION LAW, COMPUTERIZED VOTING

  • Law Professor Frank Askin has taught Constitutional Law and Election Law for more than 40 years. He has written numerous articles on spoken with media about such related issues as campaign financing, gerrymandering, anti-voting efforts, and the case for Election Day registration. For more than 30 years, he has organized Rutgers law student volunteers who offer free legal representation, under the supervision of law faculty, to Essex County voters who are turned away at the polls. CONTACT INFORMATION: 973-353-3239 or faskin@kinoy. rutgers.edu.
  • Clinical Law Professor Penny Venetis specializes in civil rights and international human rights impact litigation. She has led efforts to win protections for voters against New Jersey's computerized voting machines, which have been found to be vulnerable to tampering and malfunctions. In 2012 Venetis and her students, along with the Verified Voting Foundation and Common Cause, released a well-regarded report on states' readiness to handle voting machine failures on Election Day. She is also working to stem the tide of voting via the Internet. CONTACT INFORMATION: 973-353-3240 or pennyv@kinoy.rutgers.edu.

URBAN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY IMPACT ISSUES
Roland V. Anglin, associate research professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, and director, The Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies

The Cornwall Center facilitates research and learning exchanges among scholars and other stakeholders in the public, private and non-profit sectors to address urban and metropolitan challenges. Roland V. Anglin can discuss issues that impact state, urban and community economic development practices, statewide and local planning, suburban development, upward mobility for persons of color, poverty, neighborhood security, and resilience in the aftermath of a natural disaster. CONTACT INFORMATION: 973-353-1750, x1752 (office); 908-405-2534 (cell), or  r.anglin@rutgers.edu

MEDIA AND ELECTION COVERAGE, PUBLIC OPINION AND THE MEDIA
Robert W. Snyder, d
irector of the Graduate Program in American Studies
An author, journalist and historian, Snyder has contributed to scholarly anthologies and written for newspapers and national magazines. He is available to discuss political campaigns from a historical perspective, the media's role in politics and elections, American culture, the modern electorate, and public opinion.  CONTACT INFORMATION: 973-353-1886 (office); 917-656-4154 (cell); or rwsnyder@newark.rutgers.edu