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April 23, 2014

Absentee Ballots Available for May 6, 2014, Brookline Town Election

You may vote absentee at the Brookline Town Clerk’s Office (Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington St., First Floor; Standard Hours are M-W. 8AM-5PM; Thurs, 8AM-8PM; Friday, 8AM-12:30PM). There are extended hours close to the election.

  If you wish to review the candidates and their positions, a Voters Guide Insert will be in the April 24 issue of the Brookline Tab. Also a Video of the Candidate’s forum held on April 16 is available from

March 28, 2014


CANDIDATES FOR BROOKLINE TOWN-WIDE OFFICES FOR ELECTION ON MAY 6, 2014  (The following are past, Last day for candidate to withdraw from election is April 3, 2014; Last day for voter to register to vote or to change voting address is April 16; For Town Meeting Member Candidates open the document on the website of the Brookline Town Clerk; > /Departments>Town Clerk>Election Information> Candidates); For Voters Guide Information see League of Women Voters of Brookline  Voters Guide will be an insert in the Brookline Tab on April 24. Will be available on-line and at various locations.  The candidate forum held on April 16 is now available on

SELECTMEN – Three Year Term – Vote for Two
Brooks A. Ames
Arthur W. Conquest, III
Nancy A. Daly
Benjamin J. Franco

TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY – 3 Year Term – Vote for Four
Gary D. Jones
Karen Livingston
Magdalene Moran
Jonathan J. Margolis

SCHOOL COMMITTEE – Three Year Term – Vote for Three
Michael A. Glover
Lisa R. Jackson
Rebecca E. Stone

HOUSING AUTHORITY – Five Year Term – Vote for One
Joanne M Sullivan


January 20, 2014

MA CANDIDATES for GOVERNOR (with links) Nov 4, 2014 ELECTION

Primary to be held, Sept. 9, 2014

  Joseph Avellone:
  Don Berwick:
  Martha Coakley:
  Steve Grossman:
  Juliette Kayyem:
  Charlie Baker:
  Evan Falchuk:
  Scott Lively:
  Jeff McCormick:
January 10, 2014

Election Modernization Passes MA Senate – Conference Committee Next

The Election Modernization Coalition today applauded the Massachusetts Senate for overwhelmingly passing comprehensive election modernization legislation. The final vote was 37 in favor to 1 opposed. The bill includes online voter registration, early voting, pre-registration for 16 year-olds, post-election audits of voting machines, Election Day registration, permanent voter registration and inactive voting reform.
Legislation to establish early voting and online voter registration passed the Massachusetts House of Representatives late last year.  The House passed pre-registration and post-election audits in the last legislative session.   The two versions now go to Conference Committee.
“At a time when voting rights are under attack across the country, it’s great to see the Senate take a stand to expand access to voting,” said Sara Brady, MassVOTE Policy Director. “This victory will engage many more people in the most important activity of a democracy – voting.” “The time has come to make these vital election modernizations. Early voting, pre-registration, online voter registration and Election Day registration will make our elections more accessible by expanding access and participation in our elections,” said Barry Finegold, Senate Chairman of the Election Law Committee. “We are thrilled,” said Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts. “We have been fighting for many of these reforms for a decade or more. If they all reach the Governor’s desk, Massachusetts will be a clear leader in establishing modern voting laws that are efficient, effective, and engage more citizens.”
If the Senate bill is passed by the House and signed by the Governor, Massachusetts would join 19 other states in passing online voter registration. Early voting is currently allowed in 32 states. Thirteen states including our neighbors in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine have passed Election Day registration and 14 have adopted pre-registration of teens (age varies in states).
Online voter registration.  Online voter registration will reduce processing time, cut costs, decrease errors, and encourage more people to register. After Arizona implemented online voter registration, registration rates rose by 9.5% and costs decreased from 83¢ for pro­cessing a paper registration to 3¢ for online applications. The online system would search the Registry of Motor Vehicles database for the applicant’s driver’s license and other identifying information and match it to the electronic form. Newly registered voters would be required to show proof of residence the first time they vote. Online voter registration has been passed in 20 states.
Early voting.  Early voting would allow Massachusetts residents to vote in person up ten business days before Election Day, at city or town hall or at a satellite site. Early voting relieves congestion on Election Day, especially during typical peak times before and after normal work hours, and allows voters the flexibility to fit voting into busy schedules, particularly voters with lengthy commutes or non-traditional work schedules. Early voting is available in 32 states.
Post-election audits.  Post-election audits ensure that vote counts are accurate and that voting machines are working properly. Twenty-six other states perform post-election audits and California has conducted audits for more than 30 years. In 2012, a post-election audit discovered a programming error which caused the results in several municipal elections in Florida to flip. This reform is a common-sense business practice that will instill greater voter confidence in the integrity of our elections and can uncover important information about voting machine malfunctions and other voting inaccuracies. Audits can be funded with federal dollars that have already been allocated to Massachusetts through the Help America Vote Act.
Pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds.  Pre-registration will increase voter participation among young voters, a demographic bloc with historically low voter participation. Based on the experience of other states, pre-registration would result in approximately 21,000 additional voter registrations per year, and increase voter turnout of 18 and 19-year-olds by 5 to 10%.  Studies also show this increase in participation continues into adulthood.  The program is easy to administer and has almost no cost. Pre-registration has been enacted in Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon, Rhode Island, and West Virgina.  
Election Day registration.  No other reform is as effective in fixing administrative problems or increasing voter participation. On average, states with Election Day registration have turnout rates that are 10-12% higher than the national average. States that have passed Election Day registration include: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington DC. 
Reform of inactive voting procedures.  Massachusetts is the only state that makes a voter “inactive” after a one-time failure to return a city or town census form, regardless of how often the voter goes to the polls. Inactive voting procedures are confusing, slow down voting on Election Day, and can wrongly disenfranchise voters.
January 1, 2014

Voter Registration Issues and Information

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:  , and

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 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

 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: )

[MA form may be downloaded from LINK ; the National Registration Form is downloadable from

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

January 1, 2014

ELECTION CALENDAR, May 6, 2014, Brookline Town Election

(Dates from >Departments >Town Clerk>Election Information – Document: “May 6, 2014, Annual Town Election Calendar”)
 Nomination Papers Available from Brookline Town Clerk’s Office;             Tuesday, January 21, 2014
 Last day for Selectmen to send Notice of Vacancies to the Town Clerk:    Monday,            March 3, 2014
 Last day for incumbent Town Meeting Members to file written notice of plans to run for re-election with the Town Clerk;  Tuesday, March 11, 2014
 Last day for candidate to submit Nomination Papers to the Town Clerk for Certification by Board of the Registrars of Voters          Tuesday, March 18, 2014
 Last day for the Board of Registrars to File Certified Nomination Papers with the Town Clerk for all offices  Tuesday, April 1, 2014
 Last day to object or withdraw Thursday, April 3, 2014
 Last day to Register to Vote or to Change Address for this election  Wednesday, April 16, 2014
 Last day for Selectmen to Post Election Warrant Tuesday, April 29, 2014
 Annual Town Election  Tuesday, May 6, 2014
 Annual Town Meeting   Tuesday, May 27, 2014
 NOTE: 50 certified Town-wide signatures are required to run for a Town-Wide office and 10 certified Precinct-wide signatures are required for non-incumbents to run for Town Meeting Member.

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