Another way to help pass the charter proposal: talk to your friends and neighbors

Here’s an easy way to help pass the charter proposal:  be sure that your friends and neighbors understand what the charter proposal means for Newton.  There is a lot of misunderstanding out there, so here are some quick facts to help:

  1.  This is about the structure of our city government, the local equivalent of the Constitution (NOT charter schools).
  2. Each ward will have AT LEAST one representative on the City Council, since there will still be a residency requirement for one councilor per ward.  This ensures geographic representation across Newton.
  3. Voters vote for 100% of the City Council (unlike our current elections, where we vote for about 71% of the councilors), so our elected officials are responsible to ALL voters in Newton.
  4. While LWV is not in favor of term limits, many individuals at the local level do support them.  The proposal includes term limits of 12 years for Mayor and 16 years for City Council, and keeps the 8-year term limit for School Committee.
  5. The clock for these term limits would start in 2019–they are not retroactive.  And they are not lifetime limits–a councilor can step off the City Council for one term and then come back.
  6. The separate proposal by 14 City Councilors to reduce the Council to 8 at-large and 8 ward councilors will not be taken up until after November 7th. There is no guarantee that the City Council would actually pass it, having had many years to do so and facing a change of membership in January.  This structural change would still need to be approved by the Mayor and might even need a vote by Newton voters.

Help get the word out and ensure that all voters are fully educated about this important ballot question!

Watch LWVN/NewTV Candidates’ Forums this week!

Six forums are now available on NewTV, with five more due out this upcoming week.  You can now watch LWVN/NewTV Candidates’ Forums for the following races:

  • Mayor
  • Ward 1 School Committee
  • Ward 1 At-Large City Council
  • Ward 2 At-Large City Council
  • Ward 3 School Committee
  • Ward 3 At-Large City Council

LWVN Voters’ Guide: VOTE411.org is here!

At last! LWVN’s Voters’ Guide is available by visiting www.VOTE411.org!  Add your address on the first page, then click on the GREEN button, and you’ll have candidates’ answers to each of three questions.  You can compare the responses of two candidates side-by-side.  ALL candidates for office, whether in contested or uncontested races, were invited to participate. Answers were limited to 500 characters (about 100 words).

Many thanks to the candidates for their time, and to LWVMA Executive Direction and LWVN Member Meryl Kessler for her help with the technology. [Read more…]

October 18th deadline to register to vote; absentee ballots now available

Two voting updates:

  1.  This Wednesday, October 18th, at 8 pm is the deadline to register to vote in the November 7th election.  For more information, visit the City of Newton Elections Office.
  2. If you won’t be in Newton on November 7th, you can vote absentee!  Ballots are available now at City Hall through noon on November 6th.  You can request an absentee ballot for yourself or a family member by using the forms available through the Secretary of State’s website.

VOTE411: Online Voters’ Guide Available Tuesday, October 10th

At last! LWVN’s Voters’ Guide will be available on Tuesday, October 10th by visiting www.VOTE411.org.  Add your address on the first page, then click on the GREEN button, and you’ll have candidates’ answers to each of three questions.  ALL candidates for office, whether in contested or uncontested races, were invited to participate. Answers were limited to 500 characters (about 100 words).

To the Mayoral candidates, we asked: [Read more…]

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