August 21, 2015

WEBSITES of All Presidential Candidates


Hillary Clinton

Martin O’Malley

Bernie Sanders


Jeb Bush

Ben Carson

Chris Christie

Ted Cruz

Mark Everson

Carly Fiorina

Jim Gilmore no website found

Lindsey Graham

Mike Huckabee

John Kasich

George Pataki

Rand Paul

Marco Rubio

Donald Trump

July 1, 2015

Voter Support – State of Massachusetts

Change your voting address? Register to Vote? Check your listed voting address? Where do you vote?


June 23, 2015

On-Line Voter Registration Now Available in Massachusetts

From the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts.   BOSTON (June 23, 2015) – Today, Secretary of State William Galvin announced the official launch of Online LINK to Voter Registration , implementing a long-awaited reform that will allow Massachusetts citizens with signatures on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to fill out paperless voter registration applications over the Internet.  The Election Modernization Coalition, comprised of Common Cause Massachusetts, MassVOTE, the ACLU of Massachusetts, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, MASSPIRG, the MIRA Coalition, Progressive Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Voter Table celebrated the launch, and applauded the new technology which they predict will engage new voters. “We are extremely pleased that Massachusetts will be joining 20 states that have already implemented online voter registration,” said Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts. “It’s a proven reform that will bring Massachusetts into the 21st Century and improve voter registration accuracy while increasing opportunities to register to vote.”
Before today, state residents were required to fill out a voter application, sign it in paper form, and then mail or deliver it to an elections official. Now applications can be submitted online and verified by matching information, including signature, already contained in the Registry of Motor Vehicles database. Residents without state IDs or driver’s licenses can print out a form and send it in. “It’s thrilling that, as of today, voter registration will be available in Massachusetts online,” said Janet Domenitz of MASSPIRG. “In a day and age when so many transactions, tiny and huge, take place via the internet, we look forward to this tool giving more people, and especially young people, greater access to voting.” Advocates noted that in Arizona, after online voter registration was implemented, registration increased by nearly 10 percent. Maricopa County in Arizona even saved $1.4 million after implementing online voter registration in 2008. In that county, processing a paper registration form cost 83 cents, while an online application cost three cents. Massachusetts, like most other states, will likely see cost savings.  “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” said Sara Brady, Policy Director at MassVOTE. “We’re very pleased that in 2015 our Commonwealth took another step towards ensuring accessible elections for all with the launch of the new online voter registration system today.”  “Massachusetts is the cradle of liberty and the tech hub of the universe, so online voting is a marriage of two of the commonwealth’s greatest strengths. In other words, it’s a no-brainer,” said Gavi Wolfe of the ACLU of Massachusetts. “The state should always be innovating and seeking out new ways to harness technology in the service of fundamental freedoms like voting.”  The launch of online voter registration is one of the first steps in implementing the Comprehensive Election Modernization Act, passed in 2014 by the Massachusetts legislature and championed by the Election Modernization Coalition. The law established online voter registration, early voting, pre-registration, audits of election equipment and more. “Our coalition fought hard for this reform, which was signed into law in June 2014, said Anne Borg, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. “We applaud Secretary William Galvin’s office for their diligence and commitment to launching online voter registration early and fully and look forward to working with them to implement the remaining reforms, especially early voting.”

May 21, 2015

History of Brookline Residential Tax Rates

Information on Residential Real Estate Taxes in Brookline
Source: Website of Brookline Town Assessor
FY 2015 is July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015
Tax Rate/$1,000
of Assessed
or (Decrease)
(deducted from
taxes owed)
(i.e, $191,356.74
deducted from
property value)
*Calculated from Town Meeting Proposal


May 6, 2015

Official Brookline Town Results May 5, 2015 Election

April 25, 2015

Votes and Websites of Town-Wide Candidates and Ballot Questions

Board of Selectmen (Vote for two) (4867 votes) (5385 votes) (3163 votes)

     Laurence Onie – no website found yet. (624 votes) (1677 votes)

School Committee (Vote for three) (5347 votes) (5620 votes)

     Sandra L. Stotsky no website found yet (3209 votes) (4944 votes)

Ballot Questions Websites  (vote Yes or No on each Question) (6308 Q1; 8173 Q2) (3956 Q1)  (Q2- Yes, 8173, No, 1947)


April 15, 2015

Videos of Override and Candidate Forums Available

  >>Are you registered with the correct address – check the state website:
     >> A Video of the April 8 Forum  on the Override and Debt Exclusion and the  Candidate Forum on April 29, are available at the Brookline Interactive Website –
March 15, 2015

Brookline Town Election – Ballot Questions, Forums, Information Sessions etc.

 LINK to Voters Guide for May 5, 2015 Election votersguide2015


Held on April 8 – will be as video from BIG – Operational Override and Debt Exclusion Forum

 April 29  7-9:30pm Candidates Forum (co-sponsors BNA & TMMA); Town Hall (Selectmen Hearing Room)

 April 8th and 29th – Televised Live by the Brookline Interactive Group Channel 3   (Comcast or RCN) or by computer at ; Video of event available afterward through BIG website.

   If you would like to host an Information Session on the Operational Override and Debt Exclusion for your group/location please contact the Brookline League at

January 4, 2015

In Massachusetts – Am I Registered? Is My Address Correct?

LINK BELOW  TO OBTAIN THE INFORMATION (You must vote at the Brookline Town Clerk’s Office prior to the day of the election (absentee) or, on the day of the election, at the polling location associated with your registered address). Absentee ballots are available approximately 20 days prior to the election.
For other states go to the website of the Elections Department
Deadline for Change of Address or Registration for May 5, 2015, Brookline Town Election, deadline is April 15, 2015. CANNOT BE DONE ON-LINE.
December 31, 2014

BROOKLINE TOWN ELECTION OF MAY 5, 2015 – some critical dates

> Booklet on  “How and Why to Run for Elective Office in Brookline” is available as LINK on top of this web page and at

> Live Workshop on “How and Why to Run for Elective Office in Brookline” is available as video at

Board of Selectmen decide to present a Tax Override of $7,665,000 and Debt Exclusion for Devotion School. Videos of session is available at

> January 20 – Nomination Papers Available from Brookline Town Clerk’s Office. In addition to the expected Tax and Debt Exclusion Override Questions, the election will   include the following positions: 2 Board of Selectmen; 3 School Committee; 4 Library Trustees; 2 Constables; Town Clerk; Town Meeting Moderator; 90 (or more) Town Meeting Members.

Who have taken out (and returned) Nomination Papers – link to Election Information on Town Clerks website:

> March 17 – Nomination Papers – last day for submission. (Withdrawal allowed up to April 2)

> April 8Forum on Override Ballot – 7PM-9PM – Town Hall – Selectmen’s Meeting Room

> April 15 – Change Address or Register to Vote (last day for May 5 election); for your status go to

> April 29 – Candidate’s Forum – 7PM-9PM – Town Hall – Selectmen’s Meeting Room

Co- sponsored by Brookline League of Women Voters; BNA (Brookline Neighborhood Alliance) and TMMA (Town Meeting Members Association)

May 29, 2015

Brookline Tab: Letter: 2015 override more popular than 2008 override

Posted May. 28, 2015 at 7:59 AM BROOKLINE

The vote for the operational override received more support in 2015 as compared to 2008. In the May 5, 2015, election, the Yes vote for the operational override of $7.67 million was 6,325* (61.5 percent) and the No vote was 3,958* (38.5 percent), whereas in 2008, the vote for the $6.2 million override (Question 1B) was Yes, 5,236 (54.9 percent) and No, 4,305 (45.1 percent). — Sanford E. Ostroy, Beacon Street

*Authors note: Numbers changed from original letter to present the Final Official Vote that increased the Yes vote by 17 and the No vote by 2. Percentages were unchanged.

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