Send us your questions for regional candidates

Candidates’ Forums for Governor’s Council and Middlesex County Sheriff on Aug 29

Join NewTV and the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) for an evening with the candidates for the Governor’s Council (3rd District) and for Middlesex County Sheriff on August 29. Audience members can watch the forums live from the NewTV conference room. The forum will also be shown at a later day/time on NewTV’s Government Channel and on the web at

Send us your questions! NewTV and LWVN want to hear from you about the issues and questions you think are important to ask the candidates. Email your questions to anytime before the forum. We request that questions be appropriate for all candidates for the specific office and be one to two sentences in length. While the moderators might not be able to ask every question as written, they will try to cover all the topics recommended by the public.

The forum will take place at NewTV studios at 23 Needham Street, Newton Highlands. Candidates for Middlesex County Sheriff will start their forum at 6:45 p.m. and those for Governor’s Council will begin at 8 p.m.

This forum is a collaboration between NewTV and the League of Women Voters chapters of Concord-Carlisle, Melrose, Newton, Waltham, Wayland, and Winchester. For more information, please email

Register to vote by Friday for September primary!

Voter Information for the Thursday, September 8th State Primary Election

The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) would like to remind new and absentee voters of the following:

New Voter Registration: If you have recently moved or turned 18 years old, the deadline to register to vote in the Thursday, September 8th State Primary will be Friday, August 19, at 5:00 pm.

For online or mail-in new voter registration for the September 8th State Primary, go to the City of Newton Election Department website at Voter registration forms are also available at the Newton Free Library.

Absentee Ballots for 2016: Voters who want to vote absentee must reapply annually. If you voted by absentee ballot last year and wish to do so again, then you need to reapply for a new absentee ballot for the 2016 year, since your former absentee ballot application ended as of December 31, 2015. Please be sure to note whether the application is for one election or for the whole calendar year, and since this is a primary election, you need to choose from one of the four parties presenting candidates.

If you wish to apply for an absentee ballot application by mail, please allow time for the absentee ballot application to travel in the mail both to you and then from you back to the Election Commission office. Absentee Ballots are now available in the City Clerk’s Office at Newton City Hall. Absentee Ballot applications may be requested or delivered in person to the Election Commission office until 12:00 noon, Wednesday, September 7th, 2016.

If you would like to download an absentee voter registration form in English or Spanish, or a form to be filed by a family member, please visit the City of Newton Election Department website at and choose the document you need.

The Election Commission office is located at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre, next to the City Clerk’s office. If you have any questions, they can be reached by telephone at 617-796-1350, or call the Newton City Clerk’s Office at 617-796-1200.

The following offices will be on the September 8 Primary Ballot:

  • Representative in Congress
  • Governor’s Councillor
  • State Senator
  • State Representative for the 10th, 11th, or 12th Middlesex District
  • Sheriff of Middlesex County.

Voter Registration Call for Volunteers and Update

Let’s keep the momentum rolling!  This spring, LWVN volunteers (led by Voter Registration Chair Sharyn Roberts) registered 350 high school students in Newton and Framingham.  As we head toward the big national election in November, we need your help in continuing to register new voters–and not just students!

Our next big push is on September 25th at Village Days in both Newtonville and Newton Upper Falls.  If you can help out at the LWVN table for an hour or more, please contact

LWVN Members Johnson and Hobson Honored by State

Congratulations to LWVN Board Member Marcia Johnson and LWVN member Kathleen Hobson for being honored by the State of Massachusetts as Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s  2016 “Unsung Heroines.”  For more info on their contributions to our community, click here:  Newton Tab “Unsung Heroines”

LWVN Welcomes New Board for 2016-17

LWVN welcomed the new 2016-17 Board of Directors at the June 2, 2016 Annual Meeting!  The new Board is:

  • President:  Pia Bertelli
  • Vice Presidents:  Lisa Mirabile and Sue Flicop
  • Treasurer:  Andrea Kozinetz
  • Clerk:  Theresa Fitzpatrick
  • Board Members:  Bonnie Carter, Ellen Grody, Marcia Johnson, Lois Levin, Linda Morrison, and Sharyn Roberts

We thank outgoing Board Member Linda Green for her service, as well as Rhanna Kidwell, Greer Tan Swiston, and Christopher Steele, who all resigned mid-year.

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