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Submitted by: Nicholas Intromasso    

Jesse helped make sure that the storm did not take away the right to vote.

Jesse BurnsSandy destroyed polling places right before the presidential election. As the communications director for the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, Jesse stepped into action. She constantly updated the League's website and Facebook page with polling place changes and new directives issued by the state - and became the go-to resource for voters looking for help after the storm. She also trained a number of volunteers to help displaced voters over the League's toll-free hotline.

I personally witnessed Jesse working late into the night - herself without power - calling back voters as information and options changed, most notably helping a woman in her 80s who had never missed an election.

Thanks to Jesse, that woman and countless others were able to get to the polls. Sandy took away so much for so many of us, but Jesse helped make sure that the storm did not take away the right to vote for thousands of New Jersey residents.

 


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