Vote on September 17th in Newton’s Preliminary Elections!

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, September 17th!  Newton has two preliminary elections:  

  • all Newton voters vote to narrow the field of four candidates for Mayor to two candidates
  • all Ward 1 Newton voters will also vote to narrow the field of three Ward Alderman candidates to two candidates.

Polling locations are open from 7 am to 8 pm.  If you are not able to get to the polls on September 17th, you can vote absentee.  Please visit City of Newton Elections Office.  

If you need a ride to the polls, please email the League at or call at 617-383-4598.

Tonight!! Mayoral Candidates Will Debate on September 12th on NewTV

LWVN and NewTV are co-sponsoring a debate featuring all four mayoral candidates on September 12th at 7 p.m.  The debate will be shown live on and the NewTV Government Channel.  Submit your questions early to, or the evening of the event at and Twitter:  New_TV.  Viewers are also welcome to watch in the NewTV conference room at 23 Needham Street, Newton, during the event.  

Voter Information for the Tuesday, September 17th Preliminary Election

The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) would like to remind new and absentee voters of the following:

New Voter Registration:  If you have recently moved or turned 18 years old, the deadline to register to vote in the Tuesday, September 17th Preliminary Election is Wednesday, August 28th, at 8 pm.

The City of Newton Election Commission office is open to accept new voter registrations in person until Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 8:00 pm.  For a mail-in new voter registration form, go to  Voter registration forms are also available at the Newton Free Library. 

Absentee Ballots for 2013:  Voters who want to vote absentee must reapply annually.  If you voted by absentee ballot last year and you wish to do so again, then you need to reapply for a new absentee ballot for the 2013 year, since your former absentee ballot application ended as of December 31, 2012.  If you voted absentee earlier this year and marked that you wish to vote absentee the whole year, you will receive an absentee ballot.

If you wish to apply for an absentee ballot application by mail, please allow time for the absentee ballot application to travel in the mail both to you and then from you back to the Election Commission office.  Absentee ballot applications may be delivered in person to the Election Commission office until 12:00 noon, Monday, September 16, 2013.

If you would like to download an absentee voter registration form in English or Spanish, or a form to be filed by a family member, please go to and choose the document you need as you scroll down the page.

If you voted in person in the November 6, 2012, Presidential Election, or in the Special Senate Election this year, and have not changed your address, then you are all set. 

The Election Commission office is located at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre, next to the City Clerk’s office.  If you have any questions, they can be reached by telephone at 617-796-1350.


Question Time! Ward 1 Alderman Candidates’ Debate on August 29th at 7 pm

Join NewTV and the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) for an evening with Ward 1 Ward Alderman candidates.  The debate will be shown live on NewTV’s Government Channel and on the web at  

Send us your questions!  NewTV and LWVN want to hear from you about the issues and questions you think are important to ask the candidates, both in advance of the debate at and during the live debate through Twitter, Facebook and email.  While the moderators might not be able to ask every question, they will try to cover all the topics and follow-up questions suggested. 

Viewers are also welcome in the NewTV conference room during the broadcast at 23 Needham Street, Newton Highlands, and can submit their questions at that time.

This debate is a collaboration between NewTV and the League of Women Voters of Newton.  For more information, please email

LWVMA Program: How Women Became Political

Do you think it’s time to see more women in office, from Selectman to Senator? Consider inviting high school and college students and even twenty-somethings you know to join you at this inspiring program on women and politics.

In 1838, a Boston abolitionist, Angelina Grimke, became the first woman to address a state legislature, in Boston. To honor her courage and example, a public event, “How Women Become Political,” is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7, 6 to 8 pm. in the Back Bay Events Center – John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley St., Boston. Admission is free.

An exciting lineup of speakers-women who have definitely made their mark in the political world-is scheduled:

  • Gloria Steinem, feminist, activist, author
  • Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (Senate schedule permitting)
  • Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor at-Large
  • Kerry Healey, President of Babson College and former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor
  • Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Chair, Political Parity

While admission is free, you need to register in advance. Go here to receive an email with the ticket to be printed out. Find out more at the event website.

LWVMA is a partner in this event, along with such groups as the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and Simmons College.

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