Help create the LWVMA Online Voters Guide for the state primary and general elections!

LWVMA will introduce a new Online Voters’ Guide to voters throughout Massachusetts for the 2018 state primary and general elections.  The guide will allow Massachusetts voters to access personalized ballot information for all candidates on the ballot plus all the ballot questions.

LWVMA needs volunteers to develop questions for the candidates and about the ballot questions. If you are interested, please volunteer by May 31, so we can develop questions in June, submit to the candidates in late June, and prepare the Voters’ Guide for its July 20 debut. Contact Kris Eastman and Judy Zaunbrecher, LWVMA Voter Service Co-Chairs,  at jzaunbrecher@lwvma.org or keastman@lwvma.org.

Gerrymandering: Why It’s More Complicated Than You Might Think–by LWV of Walpole, Westwood and Dedham

The public is invited to a presentation on Redistricting sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Walpole, Westwood and Dedham to be given on Monday May 7th, 2018 in the Community Room of the Walpole Public Library, at 143 School Street starting at 7 pm.

“Gerrymandering: Why It’s More Complicated Than You Might Think”

given by Professor Mira Bernstein of Tufts University.

Ideally in a Democracy every vote would count. However that is not what is happening here now. Voting District lines can be drawn to divide two sides of a street into two different districts. Neighborhoods are divided by the party affiliation of their residents. The point is to pack the “opposing” residents into separate districts so votes are “wasted” while creating many more districts where the party in power has even just a slight majority. In the past few decades, big data and increasingly sophisticated redistricting software have allowed politicians to fine-tune their maps of Voting Districts with such precision that it is now common for a party that gets fewer than half the votes to win more than half the legislative seats. The resulting strange looking pictures of Voting Districts formed are called “Gerrymandered”. Obviously, gerrymandering poses a serious threat to democracy. But drawing district lines turns out to be much trickier than you might think. Find out ways in which regular citizens can participate in this process as well.

Help create the LWVMA Online Voters Guide for the state primary and general elections!

LWVMA will introduce a new Online Voters’ Guide to voters throughout Massachusetts for the 2018 state primary and general elections.  The guide will allow Massachusetts voters to access personalized ballot information for all candidates on the ballot plus all the ballot questions.

LWVMA needs volunteers to develop questions for the candidates and about the ballot questions. If you are interested, please volunteer by May 31, so we can develop questions in June, submit to the candidates in late June, and prepare the Voters’ Guide for its July 20 debut. Contact Kris Eastman and Judy Zaunbrecher, LWVMA Voter Service Co-Chairs,  at jzaunbrecher@lwvma.org or keastman@lwvma.org.

Poll Workers’ Thank You Party this Thursday!

Did you know that there were over 300 people working at the polls between the preliminary and general election, as well as the recent recount?  LWVN will be thanking our poll workers with a celebration on Thursday, December 14th at City Hall, starting at 6 pm. 

We need volunteers to welcome and thank the many poll workers at the event.  If you can help or if you plan to attend as an LWVN representative, please contact info@lwvnewton.org.

Help thank our poll workers on Thursday, December 14th!

Did you know that there were over 300 people working at the polls between the preliminary and general election, as well as the recent recount?  LWVN will be thanking our poll workers with a celebration on Thursday, December 14th in the City Hall cafeteria, starting at 6 pm.  We need volunteers to help pick up food and supplies before the party, as well as welcome and thank the many poll workers at the event.  If you can help or if you plan to attend as an LWVN representative, please contact info@lwvnewton.org.

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