Archives for October 2017

All the Candidate’s Info you need…in one place!

Thanks to and Bryan Barash for compiling a giant list of videos, voters’ guides and candidates’ statements in time for November 7th.  To see the list, with all the links, click

Many thanks to Newton’s State Delegation–LWVMA Day on the Hill update

Many thanks to Senator Cindy Creem, State Representatives Ruth Balser, Kay Khan, and John Lawn, and their staff for joining LWVN members on Tuesday, LWVMA’s Day on the Hill.

Senator Creem and Representative Patricia Haddad (5th Bristol District) lauded the League for its commitment to voting rights and citizen action.  Creem, who is the sponsor for AVR and a criminal justice reform bill repealing mandatory minimums, urged League members to continue their pressure on the legislature to pass those bills.  Haddad noted the voting reforms, including early voting, that the League was instrumental in passing in the past and noted that AVR is the next step in making it more convenient for people to vote.

For more information about the day, visit the LWVMA update.

Countdown to November 7th: can you spare an hour or two?

The Yes for a New Charter campaign can use your help.  If you can help make phone calls, go door-to-door, or hold a campaign sign, please sign up at Yes for a New Charter.  Bring a friend to help–it’s more fun with a partner!

Another reason to vote YES on the charter: the myths of the home rule petition

LWVN strongly supports a YES vote for the charter commission proposal on November 7th.  In late September, however, a second proposal to reduce the City Council–by using a home-rule petition–was docketed by 14 members of the Newton City Council, and will be taken up in November if the YES votes do not prevail.  LWVN was concerned that this would create confusion by voters on November 7th (click here for our letter to the City Council).  A recent Newton TAB editorial identified this home-rule petition as a viable option–but we want to outline the improbability of such a petition being successful.

There are four main steps to this home-rule petition, with our concerns listed below: [Read more…]

LWVN Voter Info: Forums and Guides all now available

We have lots of information on the candidates for voters to use in preparation for the November 7th election!

Be sure to vote on November 7th!  If you need a ride to the polls, or can help others by driving them to the polls, please contact us at  And remember…democracy is not a spectator sport!

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