Archives for June 2016

June 2016 Awards to Four Local Leagues

Congratulations to the four Leagues awarded Daniel Scharfman Citizen Education Grants. The total amount dispersed in this cycle for the four grants was $949.72

For information on the grant program, click here.

The grant program offers funds to help Leagues carry out events and projects in the areas of citizen education and voter service. Generous contributions to the Lotte E. Scharfman Education Fund have made this successful grant program possible. Please consider donating to the fund. Donations can be made through the website, lwvma.org. A big thank you to those of you who have donated in the past, making this grant program possible.

LWV Hamilton-Wenham: Civics Bee

On March 10, 2016 the Hamilton-Wenham League ran its first ever Civics Bee with 29 teams composed of students and adults from their community. They had a former selectperson as the emcee and their local legislators acted as judges as needed. They had local and national office holders ask questions via video clips.

LWV of Needham: Needham Votes 2016

NeedhamVOTES 2016 is a comprehensive voter service and voter education program starting on July 4, 2016 and ending on November 8, 2016. It includes a July 4 Parade, October 1 Harvest Fair, and the October 9 Farmers Market.

LWV of the Springfield Unit of the Northampton Area: Visibility Campaign for Vote411.org

Available for the first time with custom coverage of Springfield’s county and district races, the LWVMA’s VOTE411.org online voters’ guide will be a powerful tool for increasing the availability of voter information in Springfield and an important addition to the LWV/Springfield Unit’s growing toolkit. Mounting a robust visibility campaign for VOTE411.org will help encourage informed voter participation in the 2016 election.

LWV Wellesley: Vote Signs

“Vote” signs will be strategically placed in yards adjacent to high-traffic areas a week or two before elections, held as reminders to the public to vote.   

Election Modernization Coalition Praises City Of Boston’s Early Voting Survey

June 9, 2016 / Boston, MA — In an election year that promises to have record turnout, access to the polls will be more important than ever. That is why the Election Modernization Coalition is pleased that the City of Boston has released today a citizen’s survey to inform their early voting plan for this fall. The Coalition is proud to have led the campaign that resulted in the 2014 passage of the Election Modernization bill, which established the “floor” for early voting. This “floor” requires each municipality to offer voting during regular business hours at one location during the two weeks prior to November’s election. Boston has gotten the ball rolling with today’s release and we know that many of Massachusetts’ other 350 cities and towns also have drafts underway. We hope that virtually every community will go above and beyond the minimum requirements set by the law in order to ensure the effectiveness and success of early voting.

To encourage cities and towns to reach farther than the “floor,” our Coalition has issued an Early Voting Challenge, and will award gold and silver medals to towns that rise above the minimum requirements and provide evening and weekend early voting hours and multiple locations in larger cities. We look forward to recognizing all the cities and towns that meet our Challenge later this fall. For more information on the Challenge, please go to www.EarlyVotingMA.com.”

The Election Modernization Coalition is comprised of the ACLU of Massachusetts, Common Cause Massachusetts, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, MASSPIRG, MassVOTE, the Massachusetts Voter Table, and more.

Eight LWVMA Members to be Honored as Unsung Heroines of 2016

June 9, 2016 / Boston, MA — Eight League members will be honored as Unsung Heroines of 2016 by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Jean Childs of Wellesley, Ellen Harde of Westford, Kathleen Hobson and Marcia Johnson of Newton, Judy Jacobi of Marblehead, Shaari Mittel of Brookline, Ruth L. Moorhouse of Springfield, and Frances J. Osman of Acton will receive the award at the State House on June 22. According to the Commission, “this event pays tribute to extraordinary women from across the Commonwealth who work hard to better their communities without fanfare or recognition.  Unsung Heroines do not make the news, but they truly make a difference.”

LWVMA Recognizes “YOUth Should Vote!” Contest Winners at State House Ceremony

June 6, 2016 The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts today honored the creators of the winning videos in the “YOUth Should Vote!” Student Video Contest, sponsored by the League’s Citizen Education Fund, with an award ceremony at the State House!  The League also recognized 10 honorable mention winners.

Representative Cory Atkins shared her thoughts about the videos with the students and spoke about the importance of youth civic engagement. Representative David Linsky, Representative James Arciero and several legislative aides were also on hand to present the students with official citations.

First Place winners- Matthew Walak and Kevin Zheng of Natick High School were presented with a $1,000.00 cash prize and also received an official citation from Senator Richard Ross and Representative David Linsky for their video, The Reminder Machine.

Second Place winners-  Makena Binker-Cosen and TJ Mukundan of Brookline High School were presented with a $500.00 cash prize and received an official citation from Senator Cynthia Creem and Representative Frank Smizik for their video, Big Dreams.

Third Place winners-  Marko Deperalta and Allen Zhou of Bedford High School were presented with a $250.00 cash prize and received an official citation from Senator Michael Barrett and Representative Ken Gordon, for their video Our Right.

Honorable Mention winners were presented with $50.00 cash prizes and received official citations from their legislators. The honorable mention winners were as follows:

Joshua Perlmutter and Kent Perlmutter, Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science, Holliston (A Note to Vote);

Kyle Schoenberg, The Bromfield School, Harvard (Dreams);

Justin Roy, Masconomet Regional High School, Middleton (Go Vote);

Samantha Yates, Ann Hasz, Nicole Fiske, Emily Imbrogna, Ben Church, Kevin Burke, Littleton High School (Have a Voice);

Gabe Mangrum, Malachi Waller, Trey Carter, CJ Gallagher, Obed Konadu, Aaron Adu, and Zane Freeman, Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester (I Can Pick);

Allie Smith, Lydia Flaherty, and Haley Donovan, Millis High School (Lucky Kate);

Karine Santos, Gabriel Nieves, Edward Rivera, Symphony Dunn, Tehjia Kerr, Reno Joseph, Javon Robinson, and Laporsha Hickson, Madison Park High School, Boston (Stop Complaining, Vote);

Rachel Schultze, Natick High School (The Power of Voting);

John Stanley, Lucas Quintero, and Amelia Murray, Hingham High School (Toothpaste);

Nicholas Charde and Owen Schmidt, Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (We the People).

Support for this program was provided by the Lincoln and Therese Filene Charitable Foundation and the Salem Five Charitable Foundation.