Archives for November 2015

Carbon Pricing Campaign Enters Next Phase

Many thanks to the seventeen League members from across the state who helped fill the hearing room at the State House on October 27 in an impressive show of support for putting a price on carbon. LWVMA Environmental Specialist, Launa Zimmaro, provided oral testimony in favor of carbon pricing legislation, stating that LWV members are “mothers and grandmothers from legislators’ districts and across the country who are deeply concerned about the world we are leaving the next generation and who are looking to the people they elect to take positive action.”

Advocates are gearing up for the next phase of the campaign – building public support through media coverage and regional public forums.

LWVMA members can support passage of carbon pricing legislation by contacting their representatives by phone, email, or by scheduling in-person, in-district meetings with their representatives, as well as through letters to the editor and hosting public forums in their towns. For a general explanation of carbon pricing, go to Carbon Pricing Basics.  Find out more about carbon pricing here. To find out how you and your local League can help this campaign or host a member or public forum, contact Launa Zimmaro lzimmaro@lwvma.org.

LWVMA Backs Early Voting Challenge

Advocates for election reform, including the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, have issued their recommendations for implementing early voting in the state, which will go into effect with the November 2016 election.

To encourage cities and towns to offer a robust early voting program, the Election Modernization Coalition has issued an Early Voting Challenge, with gold and silver “medals” to recognize communities which meet or exceed those recommendations.

The law passed by the state legislature in 2014 requires early in-person voting be available at city or town election offices for an eleven-day period before the election, during normal business hours.

The coalition, which also includes Common Cause Massachusetts, MassVOTE, MASSPIRG, ACLU of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Voter Table, MIRA Coalition, and Progressive Massachusetts, urges cities and towns to offer at least one early voting location for every 35,000 residents.  All ballots that will be used in a municipality should be available at every early voting location.

The coalition also urges that early voting locations be open at least one evening each week and for at least four hours on the weekend in the early voting period.

Early voting is already available in 32 other states, making it possible for people to vote in person who can’t get to the polls on Election Day, and helping to reduce lines on Election Day.

For more details on the recommendations and the Early Voting Challenge, go to www.EarlyVotingMA.com