LWVMA Online Voters Guide Now Available

The LWVMA’s Online Voters Guide is now available for you to read responses from candidates to questions asked by LWVMA.  To use the Voters Guide, please click here:   

The League Presents…Ballot Question 1

Join LWVN host Marcia Johnson as she explores the issues at stake on State Ballot Question 1 with representatives of both sides.  We thank State Representative Denise Garlick, representing the ‘yes’ vote and Julie Cronin, RN at Massachusetts General Hospital, representing the ‘no’ vote, for their time and efforts to help us understand this ballot question.

Yes, you CAN vote this week in state and special municipal elections!!

Here’s the early voting information from the City of Newton Elections Office:

Early Voting is available for both Elections

Newton City Hall – 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
October 29 – November 1, 2018, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
November 2, 2018, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Coleman House – 677 Winchester Street
October 29, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Evans Park – 430 Centre Street
October 30, 2018, 9:00 am – Noon

The League Presents…Ballot Questions 2 and 3–new link to come!

We’re sorry that it’s difficult to access the episode of ‘The League Presents…Ballot Questions 2 and 3’  online. Please check this website for new links later this week to learn about the questions and what ‘yes’ and ‘no’ votes mean.  Host and LWVN Vice President Lisa Mirabile and guest Holly Gunner explore both questions and their ramifications.

Thanks to Holly and Lisa for their time and efforts to help us understand!

 

Info on Municipal Ballot Questions

When you vote, please be sure you have two ballots–one for the state election and one for the special municipal election.  There are two questions on the special ballot regarding the number of marijuana outlets to be allowed in NewtonWe urge you to think of both questions as a pair. The questions are as follows, though we’re not sure in which order they will appear:

Questions What a ‘Yes’ Vote Means What a ‘No’ Vote Means
Shall the City of Newton adopt the following general ordinance: All recreational marijuana retail establishments shall be prohibited from operating in the City of Newton. A “YES” vote on this question would authorize the City Council to pass an ordinance banning any recreational marijuana retail stores from operating in Newton. A “NO” vote would leave the current law in place, that is, the Newton City Council may limit the number of recreational marijuana retail stores in Newton to no fewer than twenty per cent (20%) of Newton’s retail liquor store licenses, or eight (8) stores.
Shall the City of Newton adopt the following zoning ordinance: The number of recreational marijuana retail establishments allowed to operate shall be not fewer than two (2) nor more than four (4) establishments set by a general ordinance adopted by the City Council. A “YES” vote on this question would authorize the City Council to pass an ordinance limiting the allowed number of recreational marijuana retail stores to fewer than the otherwise required minimum of eight (8): specifically, between two (2) and four (4) recreational marijuana retail stores. The exact number of retail stores allowed to open within this range would be determined by a separate ordinance enacted by the City Council. A “NO” vote would leave the current law in place, that is, the Newton City Council may limit the number of recreational marijuana retail stores in Newton to no fewer than twenty percent (20%) of Newton’s retail liquor store licenses, or eight (8) stores.

There are three groups advocating for or against the ballot questions, though not all have websites. ‘Opt Out Newton’ is advocating for a yes vote on the total ban and a no vote on the limited number of retail outlets.  ‘Responsible First Step Newton’ is advocating for a no vote on the total ban and a yes vote on the limited number of retail outlets.  ‘Respect the Vote’ is advocating for a no vote on both.

For more on the issue, click on these links:

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