LWVMA: Ranked Choice Voting lobby day Tuesday, July 16

Let your Senator and Representative know you’d like to see ranked choice voting in Massachusetts!  There will be a Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) lobby day Tuesday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Great Hall of Flags at the State House, Boston.

 Hear from speakers why we need RCV, then spread the word to your own legislators.  We’ll be lobbying for two bills:  S.414/H.719 to implement RCV for all state and federal elections in Massachusetts (except President) and S.420/H.635 to allow cities and towns to adopt RCV for local elections.  Here’s a fact sheet. Register for lobby day here.

Thank you to our July 4th Voter Registration Volunteers!

Thanks to LWVN Voter Registration Chair Sharyn Roberts and to Tami Roberts for braving the warm temperatures to register voters at Newton’s July 4th festivities at Albemarle Field.  They registered 7 voters on the spot, with three more in process.  Thanks as well to Paula Gannon and Lori Lass of the Newton Cultural Arts Center for their leadership of the July 4th event!

Tami Roberts


Sharyn Roberts

Monday: Hearing on ROE Act to Expand Reproductive Rights on June 17

From LWVMA:  It’s time to be heard on abortion rights in Massachusetts! Anti-abortion forces are loud, persistent, and spreading misinformation. Your voice is needed to counter them.

The bill to expand reproductive rights and access to abortion in Massachusetts, H.3320/S.1209, known as the ROE Act (Remove Obstacles and Expand Access), will have a hearing before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary Monday, June 17, starting at 1 p.m. in the Gardner Auditorium at the State House.

The ROE Act Coalition seeks volunteers to attend this hearing and demonstrate strong public support for this bill. Since the hearing may well run into the evening, the coalition is asking volunteers to sign up for specific shifts to assure a continuing presence during the hearing. You can register for a shift here. Wear a League pin or shirt if you have one.

ROE Act Legislative Hearing 

Joint Committee on the Judiciary 

Monday, June 17

Hearing starts at 1 p.m. 

Volunteer arrival times: Noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. 

Massachusetts State House, Gardner Auditorium 

24 Beacon Street, Boston

RSVP here

If you cannot be at Monday’s hearing, you can still take important action to support this bill. Legislators are being bombarded by the anti-abortion side. They must hear from constituents who support this bill.

Please call or email your own Senator and Representative this week or Monday; contact information is here. Tell them you support H.3320/S.1209, the ROE Act, and you hope they will urge the Joint Committee on the Judiciary to report the bill favorably for a vote. Even if your legislators already support this bill, it is critical that they hear from constituents who are in favor of the bill to offset the anti-abortion blitz. It only takes a minute. Please take this action now.

ROE Act Talking Points

1. The ROE Act protects the health, safety, and privacy of young people. The ROE Act eliminates the requirement that teens obtain permission from a parent or judge to access abortion. This process causes teens to delay care or travel outside of the state, and is opposed by the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Massachusetts has one of the most restrictive parental consent laws in New England. Teens go to Vermont or New York, which do not have parental consent laws.

2. The ROE Act ensures medical decisions remain between patient and doctor. The ROE Act expands access to abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy to include cases of fatal fetal anomalies when the fetus will not survive. The current law allows abortion after 24 weeks only to protect the mother’s health. Someone needing to end a pregnancy in the case of a fatal fetal anomaly must travel to another state.

3. The ROE Act leads the way in ensuring equitable access to abortion. The ROE Act establishes safety net coverage for abortion for people excluded from MassHealth. Such coverage already exists for all other pregnancy-related care.

4. The ROE Act brings our abortion laws into the 21st century. The ROE Act reforms outdated state laws by removing medically inaccurate language, abolishing medically unnecessary abortion restrictions like an unenforced 24-hour waiting period, and codifying the principles of reproductive freedom into state law.

For additional information on the bill from Planned Parenthood, click here.

A recent statewide survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters, conducted by MassINC, found that 78% of voters (and 72% of Catholics) support a state law to guarantee a legal right to abortion. In addition, 76% of all voters (and 75% of Catholics) support adding an exception to the ban on abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy to protect a woman’s health or in cases where there is a grave fetal anomaly. Voters want Massachusetts to be a model for other states and the country; 85% of voters agree that Massachusetts should be a leader in ensuring that a woman who has made a decision to get an abortion is able to get safe, supportive, respectful care in her community.

With the right to safe and legal abortion at risk nationwide, it is important to do all we can in Massachusetts to expand and protect access. Come to Monday’s hearing if you can. Contact your legislators and tell them you support the ROE Act. Forward this email to your network.

Suffrage Centennial Kick-off on June 25 at Faneuil Hall


Thursday: Add Your Voice at Election Day Registration Hearing on June 20

From LWVMA:  Demonstrate that Election Day Registration has broad public support. Please join us and our partners in the Election Modernization Coalition when the Joint Committee on Election Laws holds a hearing on Election Day Registration (EDR) Thursday, June 20. Wear a League pin or shirt if you have one; we’ll have EDR stickers for you. Email Nancy Brumback if you can come.

Election Day Registration Legislative Hearing 

Joint Committee on Election Laws

Thursday, June 20

Hearing starts at 1 p.m. in hearing room A-1

Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

If you can’t be with us at the State House, please call or email your Senator and Representative now and tell them you want to see Election Day Registration in Massachusetts. Contact information is here. And share this action alert with others who are interested.

If you or a family member has been turned away from the polls or had to cast a provisional ballot because of an error in your registration, consider testifying about that experience. We will help you. Contact Nancy Brumback. If you can’t testify, please share any such story when you contact your legislator.

EDR Talking Points

  • Election Day Registration is a proven and common-sense election reform; 21 other states already offer it.
  • Election Day Registration allows voters to fix problems with their registration. In states where it is offered, 70% of those using EDR are already registered to vote but encounter a snag with that registration when they go to vote.
  • Election Day Registration will make election administration easier in the long run by reducing the need for provisional ballots.
  • Election Day Registration is supported by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

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