LWVMA Online Voters Guide Now Available!

Online Primary Voters’ Guide is now available! 

The LWVMA Online Primary Voters’ Guide is now available to all voters by going to informedvoterma.org! The guide includes candidate information for all federal, statewide, district, and countywide offices that will be on the Sept. 4 state primary ballot.  The Voters’ Guide provides a personalized ballot when users enter a street address and includes information on the candidates’ backgrounds, stances on issues, endorsements, and responses to questions posed by LWVMA.  The Voters’ Guide encourages participation in the election with a “Plan to Vote” tool that shows users where their polling place is, the hours it is open, and a feature to receive text messages reminding them to vote.  The platform is optimized for mobile devices.

Click here for the LWVMA website:  lwvma.org

Middlesex County DA Debate Available Online

The candidates for Middlesex County District Attorney,  Marian Ryan and Donna Patalano,  debated recently, at an event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Arlington, Lexington and Winchester.  You can watch the candidates on NewTV (schedule below) and by using the link (also below), beginning at the 24-minute mark.  The first debate is between District 3 Governor’s Council candidates Marilyn Petitto Devaney and Nick Carter. 

Debate on NewTV’s Government Channel (Comcast 9 • RCN 13, 581 (HD) • Verizon 33):

  • Friday, August 24th– 8:00pm
  • Sunday, September 2nd– 7:30pm

http://acmi.tv/videos/middlesex-county-district-attorney-governers-council-candidate-debate/

NOTE: LWVN will also hold a Candidates’ Forum for Governor’s Council at NewTV studios–more info to come when it is available online.

What do you want to ask Governor’s Council candidates?

What do you want to ask Marilyn Devaney and Nick Carter, candidates for District 3 Governor’s Council? LWVN and NewTV are co-sponsoring a Candidates’ Forum, to be shown on NewTV and available online.

Send your questions for the Devaney/Carter forum to info@lwvnewton.org.  We’ll let you know when the show is available.

U.S. 2020 Census Question: Do This by Tuesday!

[From LWVMA] Oppose Census Citizenship Question NOW: U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has directed the Commerce Department to include a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census. Including this question will discourage participation and impact the data collected, particularly in underserved areas. LWVUS asks all League members to submit a comment opposing this question to the Commerce Department using this LWVUS link: Submit a comment about the U.S. Census questions today! You can use the prepared text in the LWVUS link or substitute your own comments. It only takes a minute.

Here’s a New York Times article  on why an accurate Census is crucial.

Support Students Marching Against Gun Violence August 23-26

March for Our Lives Boston and Stop Handgun Violence are organizing a march from Worcester to the Smith & Wesson factory in Springfield, August 23 to 26.  They need adult volunteers!

The students are meeting in Worcester on the evening of August 22nd. Starting on August 23rd students will be walking west towards Springfield. Students will walk 10-16 miles each day (with water and lunch breaks) ending in Springfield for a rally at Smith and Wesson on August 26th. We are looking for adult volunteers to walk/march with the students on all four days. In addition, we are looking for volunteers to help with any of the following:

– Night time security/chaperones

– Meal/snack preparation

– Drivers (U-haul/van)

– First aid

– Rally support on August 26th at Smith and Wesson

Volunteers can sign up for these roles through our google form here: http://bit.ly/50mmmVolunteer

We expect that it is going to cost about $250/student walker, if folks want to donate instead of volunteer, we set up this online donation page here: http://bit.ly/50milesmoredonate

NOTE:  This is not an LWV-sponsored event, but some members are very interested in this issue so we wanted to share this information.

 

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