July 5, 2014

MAJOR IMPROVEMENT!! – VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION- ON-LINE

The Secretary of the Commonwealth has now made it possible to check your Voter Registration On-Line.  CLICK HERE to access the link to  find out if your Voter Registration is ACTIVE  – and your elected officials – or go to the website of the MA Secretary of the Commonwealth and click on “My Voter Registration Status”.  If you want only a listing of your current elected representatives, at the website click on “Find My Election Information”.

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June 23, 2014

MA CANDIDATES (with website links) for Sept. 9 Primary and Nov 4, 2014 ELECTION

For a listing of candidates and answers to specific questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts go to www.lwvma.org
Taken, in part, from Wikipedia: “Massachusetts General Election, 2014″ and the Candidate List on the website of the MA Secretary of the Commonwealth.
GOVERNOR
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
  Don Berwick: www.berwickforgovernor.com/
  Martha Coakley: www.marthacoakley.com/
  Steve Grossman: www.stevegrossman.com/
REPUBLICAN PARTY
  Charlie Baker: www.charliebaker2014.com/
  Mark Fisher:  www.markfisher2014.com
INDEPENDENT
  Evan Falchuk: www.falchuk2014.org/
  Scott Lively: www.scottlively.net/
  Jeff McCormick: www.jmacforgov.org/
 
LT GOVERNOR (in Nov. election, Combined with Governor Candidate)
  Democrat
    Leland Cheung (www.lelandcheung.com/)
    Steve Karrigan (www.stevekerrigan.org/)
    Michael Lake (www.electmikelake.com/)
  Republican
    Karyn Polito (www.karynpolitoforlg.com/)
SECRETARY OF STATE
     William F. Galvin (D) (www.billgalvin.org/)
     David D’Arcangelo (R) (www.davein2014.com/)
     Danny Factor (Green-Rainbow) (www.electfactor.org/)
ATTORNEY GENERAL
     Democrat
          Maura Healey (www.maurahealey.com/)
          Warren Tolman (www.warrentolman.com/)
     Republican
          John Miller (www.millerforag.com/)
 TREASURER
     Democrat
          Tom Conroy (www.tomconroy.org/)
          Barry Finegold (www.barryfinegold.com/)
          Deborah Goldberg (www.debgoldberg.com/)
     Republican
          Michael James Heffernan (www.mikeheffernan2014.com/)
     Green-Rainbow
          Ian T. Jackson (www.ian-jackson.org/)
 AUDITOR
     Suzanne M Bump (D) (www.suzannebump.com/)
     Patricia S Saint Aubin (R) (www.patriciasaintaubin.com/)
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE – All Senators up for election
MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – All Representatives up for election.
 
June 15, 2014

Four Ballot Questions on Nov 4, 2014, Ballot

For additional details go to website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, under Elections and Voting, (Ballot Questions or LINK here)
Question Number 1: Elimating Gas Tax Indexing
Question Number 2: Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law
Questions Number 3: Expanding Prohibitions on Gaming
Question Number 4: Earned Sick Time for Employees
May 12, 2014

Election Improvements in MA

SOME ASPECTS HAVE PASSED THE LEGISLATURE – WILL UPDATE (Aug 3, 2014)

At last it looks like Massachusetts will significantly reform its election procedures!

The comprehensive election reform bill that the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and its coalition partners have been advocating for is coming up for a final vote.

The legislative conference committee reconciling the earlier House and Senate versions of the election reform bill reported their compromise bill, H.4072, to the House Monday, May 12. It is expected to be voted on by the House this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday, May 14, and the Senate shortly after. It will then go to the Governor.

The bill makes major reforms in the way Massachusetts conducts elections. It will provide for:

  • Online voter registration.

  • Online portal to check voter registration status.

  • Pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds, who then automatically become eligible to vote when they turn 18.

  • Early voting during business hours at a city or town’s election office. Cities and towns can extend early voting hours to weekends if they choose and offer additional sites for early voting. Early voting begins with the 2016 election.

  • Post-election audits of randomly-selected precincts after Presidential elections.

  • Creation of an elections task force to study additional issues, including cost of early voting and need for additional sites and hours, voter fraud, wait times, and Election Day voter registration

“The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is pleased that the conference committee has approved this significant update to the state’s election laws. Many of the provisions make it easier to register to vote and easier to cast a ballot. In this increasingly complicated world, these are critical goals,” said Anne Borg, LWVMA co-president.

“When this bill is enacted and signed by the Governor, it will greatly improve Massachusetts’ standing as a state that supports access to the polls. At a time when too many states are making it more difficult for citizens to register and to vote, Massachusetts should be proud to be moving in the opposite direction.”

While this bill does not include Election Day registration, it does create a task force to review additional election-related issues. The conference committee has specifically charged this task force to investigate Election Day registration for Massachusetts. It will also review the need for additional early voting hours.

The bill does not contain any provisions for showing photo identification to vote.

We think this bill will now pass both the House and the Senate and then be signed by the Governor, but it can only help if you contact your legislators and let them know that you are pleased with these reforms and hope that they will support speedy passage of this bill.

You can read the full text of the bill: H.4072

January 10, 2013

Voting is a Right and Responsibility

The Declaration of Independence says: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. But Rights come with Responsibilities, so your Right to vote also means you are responsible for registering, educating yourself on the candidates and the issues, AND voting – in every election. Betsy Munzer

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