February 9, 2018
At the close of January's meeting, we spent some time writing postcards to our state legislators in support of Automatic Voter Registration (AVR). Now there's good news to report! Earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Election Laws favorably reported out the AVR legislation that will help make our voter registration system more accurate, secure, and inclusive. This is an important step toward bringing AVR to Massachusetts!

Both houses of the Massachusetts legislature must now pass this legislation by July 31 and send it to the governor for his signature. However, our goal is to bring the AVR bill to a vote sooner rather than later, so it's important to keep up the momentum. Keep calling and writing and spreading the word!

Minutes from our January meeting are now available ; click here to read them on our website. Some key updates:

  • Members are coordinating smaller League social meet-ups to fill in the gaps between meetings and to get to know each other. If you'd like to arrange a meet-up in your town, let us know! We'll share more information as plans come together.

  • LWVMA will hold a moderator training in our region sometime this spring. This is an important skill for League members -- let us know if you're interested.

  • The League will once again hold a forum on running for office in March. We'd like to film it this time for those unable to attend. GCTV provides training and equipment so that community members and organizations can create their own videos. We're looking for volunteers: Is this something you'd be interested in handling?

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, February 24
LWVFC Open Meeting
Location TBA

Sunday, March 4
Run for Something!: A Forum on Public Service
with Beth Bandy, Penny Ricketts, & Francia Wisnewski
170 Main St, Greenfield

Monday, March 12
LWVFC Board Meeting
Location TBA

Monday, March 22
LWVFC Voter Services Committee Meeting
Location TBA
Spring is shaping up to be another busy season. We hope to see you!

In League,

Marie Gauthier, President
Nicole Moore, Vice President
Marge Michalski, Treasurer
Laura Luker, Secretary
Christine Turner , Director
Joannah Whitney , Director