Voting started today at Town House

Fall 2016 Update
Special Election Issue
On Election Day 2016, millions of voters will head to the polls to stand up for what matters most in their communities and their lives. The League hopes all eligible voters will exercise their right to vote and weigh in on the elections in their community. 
LWVMA Publishes Online Voters’ Guide for Election
To provide Massachusetts voters with clear, accurate, unbiased information as they go to the polls this election season, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has published an online Voters’ Guide, Our guide features detailed information about the presidential, congressional, state legislature, sheriff, Governor’s Council, and county commissioner races, as well as the statewide ballot questions.
The online guide allows voters to access personalized ballot information simply by entering a street address, and then clicking “Show My Races.”  The guide contains biographical background about the candidates and candidate responses to questions posed by LWVMA.
Voters are also able to find in-depth information about voter registration, voting requirements and rules, candidate forums and debates, and poll locations.
“We hope Massachusetts voters will use this Voters’ Guide to help make informed choices,” said LWVMA president Jean Cherdack.  “We are pleased to be able to provide this information and thank the candidates for their willingness to participate in the guide.”
As always, the election information provided by the League is nonpartisan; we never endorse or support parties or candidates! 
Massachusetts Early Voting Starts October 24
For the first time, Massachusetts voters will be able to cast their ballots before Election Day, at their own convenience. This year, you have the option to cast your ballot at any early voting location in your community, by mail, or at your polling place on Election Day. The early voting period will begin Oct. 24 and end Nov. 4. Voters can find early voting hours and locations for their cities and towns online.
“Early Voting Challenge” Award Ceremony on Oct. 19
LWVMA is proud to be a member of the Election Modernization Coalition, which campaigned for passage of the 2014 Election Modernization Law that established early voting and other election reforms in the Commonwealth.
On Oct. 19,  the coalition honored  201 of the state’s 351 municipalities with Gold and Silver Medals for offering voters substantial early voting options.  These communities met the coalition’s recommended standards for early voting by offering evening and weekend hours and, where appropriate, multiple early voting locations.
“We are inspired by all of the cities and towns who went above and beyond the minimum requirements of the early voting law to ensure that voters throughout the state will have a convenient, flexible and positive voting experience,” said LWVMA Executive Director Meryl Kessler.
Help Monitor Polls on Election Day
For nearly a century, the League’s members have worked tirelessly to ensure that elections in this country are free, fair, and credible. Thanks to our work, we know voters who cast their ballots do so with the confidence that their votes will count.
LWVMA is again participating in the Massachusetts Election Protection Coalition,, to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballot and have their vote counted.The coalition is led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, with other coalition partners including LWVMA, MassVOTE, Common Cause, ACLU of Massachusetts, and the Anti-Defamation League.
Two-hour live trainings, as well as digital on-demand trainings, will be provided in late October so volunteers are well-equipped to spot common voting problems. Volunteers will work in pairs or small groups to monitor strategically selected polling locations with high volume and a history of voting irregularities.
By volunteering for a minimum of 3.5 hours, you can serve a crucial role in preventing and resolving voting issues. Volunteering with young people or those you are mentoring is an opportunity to promote civic engagement.
If you would like to volunteer and receive training, please contact  LWVMA Executive Director Meryl Kessler.
Did You See Our Ad in the Oct. 23 Boston Globe?

Throughout our 96-year history, LWVMA has been committed to educating and engaging voters throughout the Commonwealth.
Inspired by the slogan coined by our past president, Lotte Scharfman — “Democracy is not a Spectator Sport!” — we urge all eligible voters to cast their ballots on Nov. 8 or during the early voting period starting Oct. 24.
Join us
Since its founding in 1920, LWVMA has been a respected and trusted voice for citizen participation in our democracy.  As a nonpartisan, grassroots organization, the League does not support or oppose candidates or parties. However, the League does take positions on important issues of public policy and has been at the forefront of efforts to empower and educate Massachusetts voters and effect change on a wide range of issues. Please help advance our important work by joining the League.

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