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New Jerseyans share their stories and ideas about our democracy.

New Jersey's Democracy Conversation

See what your neighbors are saying about democracy in our state.


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“Make sure that the laws being passed are fair to all”

Erin , 16
Why is voting important to you?

“Voting gives you some voice to speak up”

Antony , 16
Why is voting important to you?

“To have a say in our government”

Cathy , 57
Why is voting important to you?

“The need for participatory democracy in the form that’s direct”

Anonymous
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Have a voice in determining what our democracy looks like”

Ann Marie , 55
Why is voting important to you?

“Unless you’re a straight, cisgender, white man your voice is rarely heard”

Michael , 29
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“It gives me a voice that my grandmother didn’t have”

Francesca , 87
Why is voting important to you?

“Even if my side doesn’t succeed, I want to try”

Emma , 37
Why is voting important to you?

“Why live in a world you have no say in”

Azirah , 16
Why is voting important to you?

“The best way to affect change is to vote”

Quinn , 43
Why is voting important to you?

“Every vote matters”

Herb , 68
Why is voting important to you?

“No vote = no voice”

Anonymous , 68
Why is voting important to you?

“It gets your voice out there”

Gus , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“Many people risked their lives and have died for you to vote”

Ricky , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“It gives the people a voice”

Yejin , 20
Why is voting important to you?

“Those that are trying to silence others opinions”

Shane , 18
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“To get a say in how the state/nation is run”

Farhana , 18
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“Voting can impact our laws and very way of life”

Megan , 19
Why is voting important to you?

“Your voice is being heard”

Shane , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“Doesn’t represent all the voices”

Eva , 18
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“I want to make my choices and voice heard”

Eva , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“I want my voice to be heard”

Julie , 50
Why is voting important to you?

“It allows for people to have their voice heard”

Sharika , 17
Why is voting important to you?

“I felt so grown up”

Renee , 50
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“listen to the voices of the people”

Mike , 16
Why is voting important to you?

“Your voice is heard”

Sharika , 17
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“It allows me to express my opinion with no judgement”

Gabriella , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“It means that I have a voice in my community”

Swathi , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“my opinion/voice is heard”

Amelia , 38
Why is voting important to you?

“thankful to have my voice heard”

Ann Marie , 69
Why is voting important to you?

“returning land stewardship to my people”

Sophia , 19
Why is voting important to you?

“contribute to the fabric of democracy”

Claire , 60
Why is voting important to you?

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