Our goal is to educate our public; and from that stems some lively conversations. I always keep the League of Women Voters standard to never support any particular candidate over any other. In this day and age, it is a real challenge to always take the middle road (high road) and neither agree nor disagree when the person in front of me is lambasting or extolling a particular politician.
I draw attention to the candidates’ forums, where we encourage everyone running to step forward and present themselves to the public, usually in front of a television camera with all the other candidates running for the same office. Also this year, the state League developed a Voters Guide with a live link that delighted everyone when we mentioned it. Candidates running for the same position answered the same questions so the public can compare their responses. Now that the Primary is over, the same link will be used for a Voters Guide for the General Election in November once LWVMA receives their responses. This link is www.InformedVoterMA.org.
Many people are still surprised that we do take positions on issues. They think that we are, or should be, totally non-partisan. To that I usually respond, with a great deal of cheek, that if we never took positions on issues, women would probably still not have the right to vote. That response sets people back on their heels nodding in the affirmative: that makes a lot of sense.
In November’s General Election, when you vote you will receive two separate pieces of paper. The first is the ballot for the state offices, including three ballot questions. They are: 1) nurse to patient ratio; 2) forming a citizens commission on limiting election spending and corporate rights; and 3) transgender anti-discrimination. The second piece of paper asks two Municipal questions (Newton only) on marijuana; if it should be sold in Newton, and how many stores will sell it.
The League says please vote Yes on state ballot questions #2 and #3, with no position on question #1 which we are hoping will either be the subject of a League topic meeting, and/or the subject of our October television show on NewTV entitled “The League Presents…”.
So stay tuned to our weekly emails for the latest updates and see you at the Farmers Market and Harvest Fair on Sunday, October 14th, on the Newton Centre Green.
Submitted by Sharyn Roberts, Voter Registration