Wondering about how state ballot questions work? Information and Discussion on December 9th

Do you fully understood the state ballot question process?  Complained about how long things take or been confused about what you are voting on?

Learn more about the process with LWVN.  We are participating in the LWVMA study on the state ballot question process, and will hold a meeting to talk about this topic.  Join us on December 9th, from 2 pm to 3:3o pm at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton. We will have a consensus meeting on this topic in January, so this meeting will help prepare you for the questions we will have to consider to make new LWVMA policy.

Stay for our holiday party right afterwards!!

Save your red ‘2018 Information for Voters’ guide for a League study!

LWVMA is in the middle of a two-year study on the ballot question process in Massachusetts.  In Newton, we will hold our educational and consensus meetings after the November elections–so save your red Massachusetts 2018 Information for Voters guide. There is information in the guide that will be helpful in our study and help us to respond to the questions developed by the study committee.  More info to follow later in the fall!

Save your red ‘2018 Information for Voters’ guide for a League study!

LWVMA is in the middle of a two-year study on the ballot question process in Massachusetts.  In Newton, we will hold our educational and consensus meetings after the November elections–so save your red Massachusetts 2018 Information for Voters guide. There is information in the guide that will be helpful in our study and help us to respond to the questions developed by the study committee.  More info to follow later in the fall!

Join the LWVMA Ballot Question Study Committee by July 27th

The application deadline for the Ballot Question Study Committee has been extended to July 27. To apply, click here.  

Participating in a state League study committee is a great way to research an issue with a small group of League members. The committee’s efforts will eventually lead to local League consensus meetings and, depending on the outcome of the consensus, possible new position and action steps.

At the LWVMA 2017 Convention, our membership approved a new state study of the ballot question process in Massachusetts, which will be conducted over the next two years. We are currently putting together a new study committee to develop study materials and questions. Local League consensus meetings will likely be in the fall of 2018 through early 2019, leading to a position presented to Convention in 2019.

What will the committee study?

  • The stated goals of ballot questions as outlined in the MA constitution
  • Money spent on ballot questions and spending trends
  • Signature requirements to start the process and to get a question on the ballot
  • The length, subject matter and complexity of ballot questions
  • Regulations around accepting and rejecting signatures
  • Procedures in other states
  • Procedures for changing current laws and procedures
  • Other areas identified during the study process

How do I join the committee?

  • Complete the application by July 27
  • Interviews with applicants will be conducted in August
  • The study committee will begin its work in early fall
  • The committee will do most of its work during the 2017-2018 academic year

What will the committee do?

  • Hold regular teleconferences and possibly some in-person meetings
  • Research the processes involved in Massachusetts ballot questions; independent and group research
  • Produce background materials:
    • Background materials for local Leagues and Members-at-Large
    • Consensus questions and study guide
    • Presentation materials for consensus meetings
    • Proposed steps to take action on a new position (if adopted)

To complete the application, download the application form and edit the file in Word. Return the completed application to Brynne by July 27.

Questions?  Contact lwvma@lwvma.org.                                                                                

Join the Ballot Question Study Committee by July 15

At the LWVMA 2017 Convention, our membership approved a new state study of the ballot question process in Massachusetts, which will be conducted over the next two years. We are currently putting together a new study committee to develop study materials and questions. Local League consensus meetings will likely be in the fall of 2018 through early 2019, leading to a position presented to Convention in 2019.

What will the committee study?

  • The stated goals of ballot questions as outlined in the MA constitution
  • Money spent on ballot questions and spending trends
  • Signature requirements to start the process and to get a question on the ballot
  • The length, subject matter and complexity of ballot questions
  • Regulations around accepting and rejecting signatures
  • Procedures in other states
  • Procedures for changing current laws and procedures
  • Other areas identified during the study process

 How do I join the committee?

  • Complete the application by July 15
  • Interviews with applicants will be conducted in August
  • The study committee will begin its work in early fall
  • The committee will do most of its work during the 2017-2018 academic year

What will the committee do?

  • Hold regular teleconferences and possibly some in-person meetings
  • Research the processes involved in Massachusetts ballot questions; independent and group research
  • Produce background materials:
    • Background materials for local Leagues and Members-at-Large
    • Consensus questions and study guide
    • Presentation materials for consensus meetings
    • Proposed steps to take action on a new position (if adopted)

 To complete the application, download the application form and edit the file in Word. Return the completed application to Brynne by July 15.

Questions?  Contact lwvma@lwvma.org .

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