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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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“Loyalty towards a party rather than majority’s wellbeing”

Aliya , 60
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Must have an active role in that government”

Anonymous , 44
Why is voting important to you?

“Everyone’s opinion counts”

Rulli , 10
Why is voting important to you?

“Lack of confidence in the integrity of our voting system”

Joy , 50
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

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

Erin , 16
Why is voting important to you?

“Participating in elections”

Ariv , 8
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Each candidate has a fair chance of winning”

Anonymous
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Voting gives you some voice to speak up”

Antony , 16
Why is voting important to you?

“Voter suppression…funding…misinformation…lack of faith….”

Jean , 67
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Pride and fear”

Marsha , 70
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“To have a say in our government”

Cathy , 57
Why is voting important to you?

“Choosing who governs us”

Mary , 53
Why is voting important to you?

“I remember my mother helping me to register to vote”

Sherry , 59
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“It is Everest.”

Marci , 64
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“We need engaged, participatory democracy year round”

Aaron , 30
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Congress gridlock”

Anonymous
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Extreme positioning to activate their base”

Anonymous
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Like the way you live? Then vote for Nixon”

Ellen , 70
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

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

Ann Marie , 55
Why is voting important to you?

“Both parties constantly vetoing and stalling progressive ideals”

Jonathan , 25
What are main challenges facing democracy today?

“Ballot security”

Larry
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“First-past-the-post-voting”

Andre , 15
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“False info being spread via social media”

Anonymous
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“Don’t be selfish”

Kay , 80
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“To be informed about issues facing your community”

Madhura , 55
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“To choose who will keep our republic thriving”

Pamela , 81
Why is voting important to you?

“Standing up for the disenfranchised”

Teri , 61
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Be informed – engage – vote”

Portia , 67
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“The feeling of awe, solemnity, and excitement”

Barbara , 70
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“I was happy to see that New York State had a Right to Life party”

Lisa , 60
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“The first time I voted was in 1960 – for John F. Kennedy”

Howard
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“Your actions benefit those around you”

Shane , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“It gives me a say”

Anonymous , 75
Why is voting important to you?

“They valued the rule of here and never failed to vote”

Karen , 75
Why is voting important to you?

“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?

“Politicians, on paper, are supposed to help people”

Michael , 29
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?

“I will vote for the 1st time this November”

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

“I felt compelled to vote for my parents choice”

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

“I hurried toward the Democrat table and she turned toward the Republican table”

Annie , 63
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“He dressed in a suit every time he voted”

Albert , 74
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“I was in 2nd grade and I was voting for the student council”

Adyant , 12
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“To be present in the process of living in democracy”

Erjana , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“Being nervous”

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

“Being up to date with what is happening in politics”

Erjana , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“It gets your voice out there”

Gus , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“A good citizen is aware of the whole story”

Melanie , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“In 7th grade for my school’s mock election”

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

“People who will govern my life for the next 4 years”

Samriddhi , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“I can’t vote, I’m an immigrant”

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

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

Ricky , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“Help out in society and contribute to the community”

Angelina , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“Vote freely and without scrutiny”

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

“My opinion matters”

Saoirse , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“So many people forget the right to vote”

Tamara , 22
Why is voting important to you?

“Corporate greed”

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

“Not littering”

Megan , 19
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“I remember feeling very insignificant”

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

“The first time I voted was through the mail-in ballot sheet”

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

“I was the only person there at the time under 35”

Megan , 19
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“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?

“Voting is something that has been fought hard for”

Melanie , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“protect democracy”

Kyra , 20
Why is voting important to you?

“I want my right to a representative in office”

Gabrielle , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“Your voice is being heard”

Shane , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“Actively participate”

Samriddhi , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“We should take advantage of that freedom”

Matthew , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“Participate in government”

Farhana , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“Supporting our troops”

Rafi , 18
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“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 was a little scared when the curtain closed behind me”

James , 65
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“If we lose our right to vote we lose our right to choose”

Maribel , 57
Why is voting important to you?

“I felt so grown up”

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

“I rushed to get my paperwork”

Nancy , 23
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?

“I can be part of a group”

Maddeine , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“Works to make the country better”

Susan , 35
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“There will still be issues that I don’t feel will or can be solved as a state”

Trista , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“I’m looking forward to doing so”

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

“Your voice is heard”

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

“Being heard and making an impact”

Amy , 18
Why is voting important to you?

“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?

“we all have responsibility”

Barbara , 88
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“I was helping shape the course of our country”

Kasey , 24
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“The movement to limit voting”

Anonymous
What are the main challenges facing democracy today?

“it was a thrill”

Michael , 71
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“I was bound and determined”

Carol , 58
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

“active participant”

Anonymous
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“contribute to the fabric of democracy”

Claire , 60
Why is voting important to you?

“candidates who…represent the interests of all of us”

Patricia , 19
What does it mean to be a good citizen?

“magic!”

Anonymous
What do you remember about the first time you voted?

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