Program and Workshop, showing the panel and part of the audience. VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE > www.batv.org
LINK to Booklet “May 6, 2014 Election, How (and Why)to Run for Elective Office in Brookline” with information on openings and the responsibilities and compensation of each office.Program and Workshop on “How (and Why) to Run for Elective Office in Brookline” (co-sponsored by BNA and TMMA) on Feb. 12. Participants: Moderator – Barbara Scotto; Town Clerk – Pat Ward; Selectmen - Ken Goldstein; Library Trustee – Roberta Winitzer; School Committee – Abby Cox; Housing Authority – Michael Jacobs; Town Meeting Member, Chris Chanyasulkit; Campaign Information – Tommy Vitolo.
Last Day for Voter Registration or Change of Address for May 6 election, Wed; April 16Offices to be Elected Town-Wide Offices on the Ballot
Selectmen – 2 Library Trustees – 4 School Committee – 3 Board of Commissioners of Brookline Housing Authority – 1 Each of the 16 Voting Precincts Town Meeting Members - minimum of 5 per precinct (may be more depending on vacancies). Additional Web-Sites with Information http://www.lwvbrookline.org http://www.brooklinema.gov > Departments>Town Clerk
Primary to be held, Sept. 9, 2014DEMOCRATIC PARTY Joseph Avellone: www.avelloneforgovernor.com/ Don Berwick: www.berwickforgovernor.com/ Martha Coakley: www.marthacoakley.com/ Steve Grossman: www.stevegrossman.com/ Juliette Kayyem: www.juliettekayyem.com/ REPUBLICAN PARTY Charlie Baker: www.charliebaker2014.com/ Mark R. Fisher: www.markfisher2014.com/ INDEPENDENT Evan Falchuk: www.falchuk2014.org/ Scott Lively: www.scottlively.net/ Jeff McCormick: www.jmacforgov.org/
Am I Already Registered to Vote – Massachusetts and Other States?
For Boston, Brockton , Medfield and Worcester residents you can check this on-line. The links are as follows:
http://www.cityofboston.gov/elections/voter/ , http://www.brockton.ma.us/VoterReg.aspx , http://www.town.medfield.net/index.cfm?pk=user&ac=votersearch and http://www.worcesterma.gov/e-services/where-do-i-vote/
For elsewhere in Massachusetts (including Brookline), you need to call the City or Town Clerk or Elections Office. The Brookline Town Clerk is Pat Ward. The office is on the first floor of city hall with website; email of email@example.com and phone of 617-730-2010; Regular Office Hours are Mon-Wed, 8AM-5PM; Thurs, 8AM-8PM and Friday, 8AM-12:30PM. Additional open hours are usually available 1-2 weeks before an election. This website will post the added open hours.
Voter registration information is available on-line if you are registered in the following nearby states: New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island (a total of 39 states); but it is not available for New Hampshire, Maine or Vermont. For information on how to access your voter registration information look at http://www.longdistancevoter.org/verify_voter_registration#.T7-BKFK1lyN
Registering to Vote: Massachusetts
For Voter Registration, each state has its own rules and procedures. In Massachusetts, you must register (or re-register) if you are voting for the first time; are changing your name or address for voter registration; or wish to change your political party designation. In Massachusetts, this involves completing the appropriate MA or National Registration Forms and sending it to the appropriate Town or City Clerk or Elections Office to arrive 20 days before the election. (The election offices and your voting location are provided by the following website: http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx )
[MA form may be downloaded from LINK ; the National Registration Form is downloadable from http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/register_to_vote.aspx
Registering to Vote: Motor Voter (MA and Elsewhere): If you applying for a new driver’s license, or, (in person at an office of the Registry of Motor Vehicles), changing your address or requesting a duplicate driver’s license, you may also Register To Vote, by filling out the appropriate section of the application.
Registering to Vote: States Other Than MA
North Dakota is the only state that does not require Voter Registraion.
On-Line Voter Registration. The only states we have found so far that allows you to register on-line is Indiana and Maryland. (Please let us know if you have found other states).
The voter registration deadlines and rules for a selection of states are as follows:
0 Days, No voter registration: North Dakota
0 Days – i.e., Day of the Election -
Maine (in person at Town Office or City Hall); or 21 days if mailed or not in person
New Hampshire (at polling locations); or 10 days at town or city clerk’s office
5 Days Before the Election (Vermont, by 5PM, Wed before election)
20 Days Before the Election, Massachusetts, New York
21 Days Before the Election, Maryland, New Jersey
30 Days Before the Election, Rhode Island
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