2 City-Wide Ballot Questions to Vote on in November [COPY]

The Newton City Council voted to present two questions to Newton voters on November 6th regarding the number of marijuana stores allowed in Newton.  This means there will be TWO ballots on Election Day–one for the state election (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, US Sentate, state ballot questions, etc.) and one for the municipal questions.  

The two municipal questions are:

Question 1:  Shall the City adopt the following general ordinance? All recreational marijuana retail establishments shall be prohibited from operating in the City of Newton. Councilors unanimously approved the inclusion of this question on the ballot.

 Question 2:  Shall the City adopt the following zoning ordinance?The number of recreational marijuana retail establishments shall be not fewer than two (2) nor more than four (4) establishments set by a general ordinance adopted by the City Council, notwithstanding Massachusetts General Law. Councilors approved the inclusion of this question on the ballot by a vote of 11 to 10.

If both questions pass, the one with the highest number of ‘yes’ votes prevails.

Please note:  the League of Women Voters has not studied the issue of the sale of marijuana, and so has no position on these ballot questions.

2 City-Wide Ballot Questions to Vote on in November

The Newton City Council voted on Thursday night to present two questions to Newton voters on November 6th regarding the number of marijuana stores allowed in Newton.  This means there will be TWO ballots on Election Day–one for the state election (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, US Sentate, state ballot questions, etc.) and one for the municipal questions.  

The two municipal questions are:

Question 1:  Shall the City adopt the following general ordinance? All recreational marijuana retail establishments shall be prohibited from operating in the City of Newton. Councilors unanimously approved the inclusion of this question on the ballot.

 Question 2:  Shall the City adopt the following zoning ordinance?The number of recreational marijuana retail establishments shall be not fewer than two (2) nor more than four (4) establishments set by a general ordinance adopted by the City Council, notwithstanding Massachusetts General Law. Councilors approved the inclusion of this question on the ballot by a vote of 11 to 10.

If both questions pass, the one with the highest number of ‘yes’ votes prevails.

Please note:  the League of Women Voters has not studied the issue of the sale of marijuana, and so has no position on these ballot questions.

LWVMA Voter Registration Opportunities Available Around Massachusetts

From LWVMA:  MassAudubon has asked LWVMA to help with a voter registration and information table at MassAudubon events around the state.  Below are upcoming events in need of voter registration volunteers.  One- and two-hour shifts are available at all of them:

  • Sept. 29, 1 to 4 p.m., Boston Nature Center, Boston
  • Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Arcadia Nature Center, Easthampton 
  • Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stony Brook Nature Center, Norfolk
  • Oct. 13, 4:30 to 9 p.m., Oak Knoll Nature Center, Attleboro
  • Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Daniel Webster Nature Center, Marshfield

Please contact Judy Zaunbrecher  if you are interested in volunteering.

Tuesday is Primary Day–be sure to vote!

Primary Day is here!  Be sure to vote Tuesday, September 4th for state and regional offices.  Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm.  If you’re not sure where to vote, please click here to find your polling place:  Polling Locations

If you need a ride to your polling location or know someone who does, please call us at 617-383-4598 as early as you can and leave a message.  We’ll do our best to help!

Still undecided? Let LWVN and LWVMA help you!

If you’re still  undecided and looking for information on primary races, here are some helpful sources of information on statewide and regional races:

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 and District 3 Governor’s Council:  Watch the candidates for Middlesex County District Attorney,  Marian Ryan and Donna Patalano, at a recent event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Arlington, Lexington and Winchester.  The video starts with a short debate featuring District 3 Governor’s Council candidates Marilyn Petitto Devaney and Nick Carter.   http://acmi.tv/videos/middlesex-county-district-attorney-governers-council-candidate-debate/

4th Congressional District:  LWVN and NewTV present a forum featuring incumbent Joe Kennedy III and Gary Rucinski.  The program can be viewed on NewTV by clicking here:  4th Congressional District Forum

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