Automatic Voter Registration Lobby Day on January 31

We need your help! Join LWVMA and the other members of the Election Modernization Coalition for a lobby day to pass Automatic Voter Registration at the State House Wednesday, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Registration and training will take place in Room 428 in the State House (24 Beacon St., Boston).

We will be working hard to get the AVR bill out of the Joint Committee on Election Laws and to the floor of the House for a vote. Nothing makes as strong an impression on legislators as in-person visits from constituents.

Sign up here to participate in the AVR lobby day.

Can’t make it to Boston?  Call your state Representative that day and ask him/her to urge the Speaker to bring the Automatic Voter Registration bill (H.2091/S.373) to the floor for a vote.

You can also help by sending a letter to the editor of your local paper supporting AVR.  You can find a template for a letter from an individual here.  Sign up here to let us know that you are submitting a letter, so we can track our statewide impact. And please download our fact sheet on automatic voter registration.

Moderator Training at ActonTV on February 15

Among LWVMA’s greatest assets are our trained moderators who play a critical role in candidate and issue forums and debates.

Are you a novice who would like to learn how to moderate?  Or an expert who would like to brush up on your skills?  Have questions about how to handle tricky situations during a debate or forum?

LWVMA will hold a Moderator Training for both new and experienced moderators on Thursday, February 15 from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at ActonTV Studios (16a Craig Road, Acton, MA 01720).  League members and experienced moderators Jo-Ann Berry and Stefani Traina will lead the training.

This in-person training session will be taped to create a training video that can later be used by local Leagues throughout the state.  If you are unable to attend this session, but interested in participating in a regional training at another location in Massachusetts, please contact LWVMA Voter Service Chairs Judy Zaunbrecher or Kris Eastman.

Please register to attend here.

Lights! Camera! LWVMA Student Video Contest!

For its fifth annual student video contest, LWVMA invites high school students to create 30-second public service announcements to motivate voters for Massachusetts’ Fall 2018 elections.

The contest, Get In the Game…and Vote, is open to all high school students in Massachusetts.  Top winners will be awarded $500, $250, and $100, and their videos will be publicized statewide.

Entries must be submitted online from February 1 through March 31 at www.lwvma.org.  Judging will take place in April, and winners will be announced in May.  Official rules and further details are available at www.lwvma.org.

League members can help publicize the video contest at high schools in their area.  A toolkit and flyer to download are available on our website here.  Emails about the contest will be sent to Massachusetts high schools, but may not reach the people you know. Please email personal contacts (high school administrators, educators, students) directly using the suggested email .  Your League can also send a letter to the editor about the contest and post information on your website and Facebook page. The information you need is in the toolkit.

And if you are interested in helping to judge the videos, contact LWVMA Executive Director Meryl Kessler.

LWVMA Phonathon in Newton

Did you get a phone call from an LWVN member on Friday?  It was likely one of our volunteers for the LWVMA Phonathon, the annual Fall Appeal from the State League.  Ten percent of your LWVMA donation will go to LWVN, so thanks to all for their support of both organizations.  We especially want to thank Bonnie Carter, Frieda Dweck, Linda Morrison, and Sharyn Roberts for their efforts!

LWVN Lunch at Day on the Hill–Photo

(l-r) Rep. Kay Khan, Kelsi Field, Re. Ruth Balser, Sen. Cynthia Creem, Lisa Mirabile, Sharyn Roberts, Dmitry Gridnev, Lois Levin and Max

Thanks to Sharyn for organizing the LWVN lunch with our state delegation during LWVMA’s Day on the Hill!

Attended, but not pictured:  Rep. John Lawn, Newton City Councilor Alison Leary, Toby Kamens, and Lisamarie Sears.

 

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