Voter Registration Volunteers needed at Drumlin Farm on August 3 and24

Mass Audubon has invited LWV to set up voter registration and information tables at a series of events they will be holding at their sanctuaries around the state this summer and fall.

The events are Summer Music events and will be held at Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA on the following Friday evenings:

  • August 3, 5:30 to 8 pm
  • August 24, 5:30 to 8 pm

As an added benefit, if you volunteer, you will get to hear great live music from local artists in a wonderful outdoor setting.

E-mail Judy Zaunbrecher at jzaunbrecher@lwvma.org

LWVMA Positions on November Ballot Questions

Three ballot questions will be on the statewide ballot Nov. 6. The LWVMA board has determined that LWVMA will support a yes vote on two of them, and local Leagues can advocate for those two. Below are the three questions, in the order they will appear on the ballot, and our stands.

  • Question 1:  To pass a law relative to patient safety.  LWVMA takes no stand on this ballot question.
  • Question 2:  To establish a citizens commission concerning a Constitutional amendment to secure government of the people.  LWVMA supports this question and urges a YES vote.   
  • Question 3:  To retain the law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity.  LWVMA supports and urges a YES vote on this question.

For a description of these ballot questions and the League’s reasons for its stands, see the article on our website here.  For guidelines on holding forums and preparing voter information on the ballot questions, click here.

Voter Registration Deadline for the State Primary Election: August 15th

The state primary election is Tuesday, Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day.  For many offices on the ballot, the elected official will be decided on Sept. 4, not Nov. 6.  In particular, many district races such as district attorney, state Senator and Representative, and Governor’s Council have only one party with primary candidates, potentially leading to primary winners running unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election.  

Be sure to register to vote for this important election!  The deadline is on August 15th in time for the September 4th primary.  To register online, click here:  https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/Welcome.aspx

NOTE:  The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts will have an online voters’ guide available on August 1st.  More information on this to come in our weekly emails!

Thanks to July 4th Voter Registration Volunteers!

Maureen Reilly Meagher, Bonnie Carter and Sharyn Roberts at the LWVN July 4th table at Albemarle Field

Many thanks to volunteers Bonnie Carter, Maureen Reilly Meagher, Tami Roberts and Voter Registration Chair Sharyn Roberts!  It was a hot day and they registered 2 voters.  BUT…LWVN volunteers gave out a number of registration forms and had informative and constructive conversations with voters.  Thanks so much for your hard work!

‘What a difference a DA makes’ on Thursday, July 12 with Rahsaan Hall of the ACLU

‘What a difference a DA makes’ on Thursday, July 12 from 7 to 9 pm

Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street in Lexington

“Who is the most powerful person in the criminal legal system? It’s your local District Attorney, the DA.”

Rahsaan Hall is the Racial Justice Director of the Massachusetts ACLU and a fabulous public speaker. He will talk about what a difference DAs make in who gets charged with what . . . whether to charge someone with a crime or divert them to treatment for an addiction . . . whether to invoke a mandatory minimum sentence . . . what to include in a plea bargain . . . and many other decisions that shape people’s lives. He will also explain how we, as voters, can hold DAs accountable.

This event is located at Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street in Lexington. It is co-sponsored by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), the ACLU, and several religious groups, including First Parish’s Mass Incarceration Working Group.

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