The LWVMA Study on the Massachusetts Ballot Question Process

Local League Consensus Meetings

League Dates Location Contact
Lexington 11/25/18; 12/9/18; 1/6/19
2:00-4:00 pm
Private home Margaret Coppe
Arlington-Winchester 1/6/19; 1/13/19 (snow date)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
15 High St, Winchester Patty Shepard
Hingham 1/9/19; 1/25/19
7:00 pm
Private home Elizabeth Danis
Franklin County 1/13/19
Time TBD
170 Main St, Greenfield Marie Gauthier
Brookline 1/13/19
2:00-4:00 pm
1501 Beacon Street, Brookline Ernie Frey
Topsfield-Boxford-Middleton 1/13/19
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Private home Amy Smith
Sudbury 1/13/19
1:30 pm
Sudbury Police Station Meeting Room Carolyn Lee
Newton 1/13/19
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street, Waban
Wellesley 1/13/19
1:30 pm
Arnold Room, Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St, Wellesley Irene Flint
Susan Clapham
Cape Cod Area 1/15/19
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Harwich Community Ctr Florence Seldin
Boston 1/15/19
6:30 pm
Curtis Hall, JP Public Building Kerry Costello
Concord-Carlisle 1/16/19 9:30 am
1/16/19 7:00 pm
*two meetings, same day
Private home Nancy Beeuwkes
Westford 1/19/19
1:00 p.m.
Mary Atwood Room, J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street, Westford Laura Dickey
Marblehead 1/22/19
1:00 pm
Private home Lee Mondale
Waltham 1/22/19 7:00-8:30 pm, Study meeting to review materials and discuss;
2/12/19 7:00 – 8:30 pm, consensus meeting
Waltham Public Library, 735 Main Street, Trustees Room (3rd Floor) Kathy Luvisi
Needham 1/24/19
6:30-9:30 pm
North Hill Carol Patey
Amherst 1/24/19, 2:00-4:00 pm
1/26/19, 10:00 am-noon
1/24/19 meeting location: Craft Room at Applewood, 1 Spencer Dr., Amherst
1/26/19 meeting location: TBD
Susan Millinger
Bedford 1/26/19
10:30 am – 1:00 p.m
22 Hemlock Lane, Bedford Lora Goldenberg
Wayland and Weston 1/29/19
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
41 Cochituate Road, Wayland. Karen Kavet
Acton Area 1/29/19, 7:00 pm
2/6/19, 7:00 pm (snow date)
Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street Paulina Knibbe
Janet Adachi
Norwood 1/30/19
6:30 p.m.
Norwood Recreation Department Courtney Rau Rogers
Plymouth Area 1/31/19
6:30 p.m.
Manomet Library Lyle Lawrence
Northampton Area/ Springfield Unit 2/2/19
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Florence Civics Center Jean Cherdack
Framingham Unit 2/3/19
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
J Room (downstairs)Framingham Main Library, Lexington Street
Jim Pillsbury
Westwood/Walpole/Dedham 2/4/19 7:00 pm
2/11/19 (snow date)
660 High St, Westwood Marcia Hirshberg
Hamilton Wenham 2/5/19 12:00-2:00 pm
2/5/19 7:00 pm
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library (12-2 pm);
Private home (7:00 pm)
Dacia Rubel
Grafton-Shrewsbury 2/6/19
7:00 pm
Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Rd, Grafton Ellen Goguen


Local Leagues: Please submit your consensus meeting information to

Why a League Study?

This study incorporates the intersection of the League’s areas of mission: voting and advocacy. LWVMA has not studied the initiative and referendum process in MA and has no positions on this aspect of voting/elections.

LWVMA Study Documents

Consensus Meeting Documents

What Should Local Leagues and Units Do?

Watch the Webinar on Conducting the Study

Topics covered included an overview of the study, study materials, role of local Leagues/Units/members-at-large, consensus meetings, reporting consensus results, and getting further help.

Watch the webinar on YouTube.

Identify a Study Contact

The LWVMA Study Committee is asking each participating League/Unit to identify a Study Contact. This person will receive periodic information about the study and updates. Please email with the League/Unit name and Study Contact name and email address.

Save your red booklets “Information for Voters 2018”

All League members should save their red booklets, which were distributed by mail to the households of all registered voters starting September 24. Bring them to the consensus meeting as a reference for several consensus questions.

Form a local study committee

The study committee will use the materials provided to become familiar with the subject and the consensus questions. It will coordinate a consensus meeting and report the results to the LWVMA. The committee should check the LWVMA website regularly and begin reading the materials posted. The committee will become the local “experts,” and an important link between local Leagues and the LWVMA study committee.

Schedule local consensus meetings

As you plan your calendar, include at least one time for a consensus meeting. Some Leagues may want to schedule two, one in the daytime and one in the evening. It is up to the local League to determine the best format. Consensus meetings should be held within December 1 to February 15. The local board must approve the consensus report, so be sure to leave time to complete this step.

Submit your League’s Consensus Report to LWVMA

Consensus Reports are due to the LWVMA by February 16, 2019. Please submit your report online at this link. To prepare for your board’s approval and the online submission, download this editable Word file for internal use.

How can my League or Unit get help?

Study Timeline

June-November 2018 Local Leagues form study committees
September 7, 2018 Final Study Guide and Study Report posted
October 1, 2018 All materials posted
October 15, 2018; 7:30 pm Webinar*
October 17, 2018 ; 11 am Webinar*
November 13, 2018; 7:30 pm Webinar*
November 14, 2018; 3 pm Webinar*
Dec. 1, 2018 – Feb. 15, 2019 Local Leagues hold consensus meetings
February 16, 2019 Deadline for consensus reports to be submitted
June 7-8, LWVMA Convention 2019 New position is circulated to local Leagues and adopted by Convention delegates

*The four webinars will all cover the same subject matter and will be about 1 hour long.

The Study Scope

The scope of the study is to review the Massachusetts laws and regulations that govern statewide citizen-initiated ballot questions (initiative and referendum process); consider the consequences of current laws and regulations; and propose concrete next steps that LWVMA could take to enact change, if the study results in recommended change.

Study Committee

Karen Price, Co-Chair, LWVMA board, LWV-Needham
Donna Hooper, Co-Chair, LWVMA board, LWV-Lexington
Karen Callanan, LWVMA Member at Large
Carol Patey, LWV-Needham
Florence Seldin, LWV-Cape Cod Area

To contact the study committee email