Join the Ballot Question Study Committee by July 15

At the LWVMA 2017 Convention, our membership approved a new state study of the ballot question process in Massachusetts, which will be conducted over the next two years. We are currently putting together a new study committee to develop study materials and questions. Local League consensus meetings will likely be in the fall of 2018 through early 2019, leading to a position presented to Convention in 2019.

What will the committee study?

  • The stated goals of ballot questions as outlined in the MA constitution
  • Money spent on ballot questions and spending trends
  • Signature requirements to start the process and to get a question on the ballot
  • The length, subject matter and complexity of ballot questions
  • Regulations around accepting and rejecting signatures
  • Procedures in other states
  • Procedures for changing current laws and procedures
  • Other areas identified during the study process

 How do I join the committee?

  • Complete the application by July 15
  • Interviews with applicants will be conducted in August
  • The study committee will begin its work in early fall
  • The committee will do most of its work during the 2017-2018 academic year

What will the committee do?

  • Hold regular teleconferences and possibly some in-person meetings
  • Research the processes involved in Massachusetts ballot questions; independent and group research
  • Produce background materials:
    • Background materials for local Leagues and Members-at-Large
    • Consensus questions and study guide
    • Presentation materials for consensus meetings
    • Proposed steps to take action on a new position (if adopted)

 To complete the application, download the application form and edit the file in Word. Return the completed application to Brynne by July 15.

Questions?  Contact .

Suitcase Stories Live! is coming to Needham on Thursday, June 22

June is Refugee Awareness month! Join LWV of Needham at TripAdvisor in Needham as they honor the contributions of refugees and immigrants throughout the region through the timeless art of live storytelling. Click here to purchase tickets.

The performance will feature refugee and immigrant stories told by professional storytellers and by foreign and U.S.-born local residents including immigration attorney, Heather Yountz and Ramin Abrishamian, a Baha’i leader. WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan, A Celtic Sojourn, will MC the evening.

All proceeds will support refugee resettlement, English language education, workforce training, citizenship services, and other programming of the International Institute of New England (IINE).

This performance is sponsored through a partnership with Massmouth, IINE, and TripAdvisor and is hosted by Resettle Together West Suburban Consortium (which includes LWV-Needham, Needham Human Rights Committee, Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force, and others).
Ticket Prices
$25 General Admission
$100 VIP (includes preferred seating and private reception with storytellers)
6:30 pm Pre-performance reception at TripAdvisor for VIP ticket holders.
7:30 pm Performance. Doors open at 6:45.
TripAdvisor Headquarters
410 1st Avenue
Needham, MA 02494


Send your thoughts on Washington Place to City Council today!

On Monday night, the Newton City Council will vote on the permit for the proposed Washington Place project in Newtonville.  LWVN supports this proposal because it includes 160 units of housing close to transit and amenities, 25% affordable to low- and middle-income households, village center revitalization, pedestrian and traffic improvements, LEED Gold certification, transit subsidies, and ZipCar and bike facilities, among other benefits.  [See the next post for a link to the LWVN letter in support of this project.]

Make your voice heard today by emailing your comments to

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