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Campaigns and Elections


Redistricting and Reapportionment

After the official results of the U. S. Census which is conducted every ten years, are made available, two groups are convened to establish districts based on population from which representatives are elected.  The process is different for legislative districts and congressional districts. Each process is delineated in the New Jersey State Constitution.

  • Process for drawing Congressional and New Jersey legislative districts

Ben Brickner paper: "Reading Between the Lines: Congressional and State Legislative Redistricting, Their Reform in Iowa, Arizona and California, and Ideas for Change in New Jersey"
  • Summary slides
  • Complete paper

Audio Recording of November 18, 2010 discussion at the Eagleton Institute on "Drawing the Line: Redistricting in New Jersey"

New Jersey and Presidential Voting

Excel table of registration figures and vote for president in each of the 21 counties for the years 2000, 2004 and 2008. Includes breakdown of registrant affiliation by Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated.
Available here.

Excel table Excel table of registration figures and vote for president and U.S. House of Representatives in each of the 13 congressional districts for the years 2000, 2004 and 2008. Includes breakdown of registrant affiliation by Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated for the 2000 and 2004 and gives the percentage breakdown of each county that is included in the congressional district.
Available here.

New Jersey and Gubernatorial Voting

Information on registration figures and vote for governor statewide and in each of the 21 counties for the years 2001, and 2005 and vote for president in 2008.  Includes breakdown of registrant affiliation by Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated.
Available here. (Excel spreadsheet)

Finding New Jersey Voter Registration Information

Report shows that it is easier to find registration information  than in 2006 but still a challenge on 11 of 21 county websites.
2008 report available here (.pdf)
Finding Voter Registration Information on NJ State and County Web Sites: It's a Challenge! (.pdf) February 2007 update of original 2006 report.

TV and Newspaper Coverage of New Jersey
   Elections and Debates

TV Coverage about the New Jersey Election in 2005
June 2006 report analyzing the highest-rated nightly news programs beginning 30 days before the election in 2005. With funding from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, the project worked with the University of Wisconsin News Lab in analyzing the data. A project of the New Jersey Project, Eagleton Institute of Politics, conducted by Dr. Matthew Hale, Seton Hall University.
Full report here
Summary available here

Do New York TV Stations Shortchange New Jersey Voters?
Press release, September 18, 2002, Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Alliance for Better Campaigns
Rutgers' Eagleton Institute of Politics study analyzes Garden State's 2001 election coverage. Details and analysis of the news coverage of the 2002 Senate race in New Jersey between incumbent Robert Torricelli and Republican challenger Douglas Forrester, one of the most competitive in the country.
Press release and details available here

The Need to Advertize Gubernatorial Debates in New Jersey
Eagleton's research in the 1997 gubernatorial campaign showed that it was nearly impossible for a voter to find out when the debates were on the air. There was no organized effort to publicize the debates.

2001 Proposal for Public Education Campaign on Candidate Debates

2001 Gubernatorial Debate Ad Campaign to Alert Voters
A major grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and initial support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Community Foundation of New Jersey enabled the New Jersey Project of the Eagleton Institute of Politics to launch the first public education campaign to alert voters to the gubernatorial debates.

Poll Results on What is Helpful to Voters
In 2001, the New Jersey Project and the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling conducted a survey to ask voters about the helpfullness of different sources of information about candidates.

Public Financing of Campaigns

Information from a program held at the Eagleton Institute on April 3, 2009, discussing lessons from successful efforts in New Jersey, New York City and Connecticut (with a summary of the recently introduced Federal Fair Elections Now Act).
Available here.

HAVA in New Jersey

Next Steps for HAVA Implementation in 2006 Based on 2004 — and What It Means for the New Jersey Election in 2005
Seminar held on January 6, 2005, part of the on-going series on Implementing the Help America Vote (HAVA).

Can We Alleviate Risk and Improve Public Confidence When Using New DRE Voting Systems?
Seminar held on October 8, 2004, as part of the on-going series on Implementing the Help America Vote (HAVA).

The Challenge of Implementing the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
Fall, 2003 seminar series presented by the Eagleton Institute. Key points from speakers providing perspective from six states - New Mexico, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and California – on election reform and HAVA implementation.

New Jersey Clean Elections Projects

The Eagleton New Jersey Project conducts studies and provides information about New Jersey’s Clean Election Pilot Projects to further the Eagleton Institute’s mission to educate citizens and encourage their participation in politics in order to strengthen our democracy.
Read about the projects here.  
New book available:
Clean Elections: Public Financing in Six States including New Jersey's Pilot Projects
by Benjamin T. Brickner with Naomi Mueller.

Older Reports and Commentary

Making Democracy Work: Issues in Voter Participation
NJ Project diretor Ingrid Reed's presentation at the Center for Government Services in March 2004.
Available here.

Election Reform Hearing 2003
March 2003 Testimony before the NJ Senate State Government Committee
Presented by NJ Project director Ingrid Reed at a hearing on election reform, emphasized the need for accountability and transparency, citing HAVA as an opportunity for NJ to improve its voting system.

New Jersey Election 2002
2002 Recommendations for Better Campaigns
Recommendations from the Eagleton Institute, focused on debates and media coverage, to help citizens decide whether and how to vote.

Election Reform: Report on the 2001 New Jersey Election
Report prepared by NJ Project director Ingrid Reed for the Century Foundation to assess the extent to which problems evident in the 2000 Florida elections persisted in 2001.
Summary of report
Full report
Read a review of this report on page 8 of the Fall 2003 Guardian, a newsletter of the Council on Governmental Ethics Law (COGEL).

Are Negative Campaigns So Bad?
Written by Gerald M. Pomper, Board of Governors Professor of Political Science (Emeritus), Rutgers University, published in The Star-Ledger on Sunday, December 4, 2005.

NJ Gubernatorial Succession (before creation of the office of lieutenant governor)
Resources for understanding gubernatorial succession issues in New Jersey, including news articles, commentaries, and notes and resources from the New Jersey Public Policy Seminar held on October 20, 2004.

New Jersey Congressional Campaigns in 1998: Not Bad but Not Enough
Report by Gerald M. Pomper, Board of Governors Professor of Political Science and Eagleton Institute of Politics faculty member, and Ingrid W. Reed, New Jersey Project director. The report is featured in the November 1999 issue of the New Jersey Reporter.
Report summary
Full report

Past commentaries by former New Jersey Project director Ingrid Reed