Guidance on Election Result Issues
LWVUS is working on contingency planning for election threats and its post-election strategy. LWVUS is an active partner of the National Task Force on Election Crises
, a cross-partisan group of more than 50 experts dedicated to ensuring a free and fair 2020 general election. LWVUS CEO Virginia Kase sits on this task force board. Over the last six months, the group has held multiple strategy sessions and created and disseminated multiple resources to help navigate this election cycle, and it stands ready to engage appropriately as situations play out.
Since July, LWVUS has also engaged a group of local, state, and national League leaders to develop possible scenarios and review where the League can best serve our democracy, if any of these potential scenarios should come to pass. Follow LWVUS on OutreachCircle
for action alerts, rapid response messaging, and other important notifications.
We encourage local leaders to reach out to LWVMA at firstname.lastname@example.org
if they have an election issue that needs to be sent to the national office.
Current LWVUS election-related talking points include:
Election Protection Volunteer Opportunities
Are you concerned about trouble on Election Day? LWVMA is partnering again this year with Lawyers for Civil Rights to make sure the election runs smoothly and fairly. There are three options for volunteering this year:
- Statewide hotline: Troubleshoot election-day issues from your home
- Mobile field program: Independently observe multiple polling locations for outdoor violations
- Social media and news monitoring: Monitor news and social media platforms to report election-day issues
League members are always an important part of the election protection volunteer corps. Help support voters in real time. Click here
LWVUS is offering help on dealing with polling place issues. Join the LWVUS Organizing team for “Protecting Democracy: Active Bystander Training” on Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. This training will cover de-escalation techniques to safely address tense situations at polling places to ensure every voter can exercise their right to vote safely. Click here
Lyft Discount for Election Rides
To help reduce barriers to voting, Lyft is offering a 50% discount on Election Day. Use code 2020VOTE to take 50% off (up to $10) one Election Day ride to a polling place or ballot dropbox. Please promote this in your communities.
Get Out the Vote Phone Banks
Our partners at MassCounts and the Mass Voter Table are sponsoring phone banks to various communities in Massachusetts to get out the vote. Sign up
for weekly phone and text banks to get out the vote on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Here are other phone banks to join:
VOTE411 is Now Updated!
Find Massachusetts' candidate and election information for the Nov. 3 general election at VOTE411.org
, the League's national online voters' guide. VOTE411 covers races from U.S. Congress through state legislator and contested county races. Information on the two state ballot questions is included.
Please help promote VOTE411.org
. Find the VOTE411 widget and installation instructions for your League webpage here
. LWVUS is offering this VOTE411 QR code
to promote VOTE411.
Publicize Ballot Dropbox Locations
Town clerks and city election officials have installed secure dropboxes where voters can deposit their mail ballots rather than relying on the Post Office. Please publicize the location and availability of those dropboxes on your website and social media and in any election work you do. Locations can be found from town clerks’ offices or the Secretary of State website
Here are some resources you can use to put information on this year's elections on your website:
The Secretary of State has several website addresses for voting information that are easy to use, especially for promoting information to voters, letters to the editor, and social media.
The “red book” of official voter information is available here
LWVMA Stands on 2020 Ballot Questions
The LWVMA Board voted on stands on the two statewide ballot questions that will appear on the November ballot.
- Ballot Question 1: Right to Repair Law. LWVMA takes no stand on this question.
- Ballot Question 2: Ranked Choice Voting Initiative. LWVMA supports this initiative and urges a YES vote.
You can read the full summary of LWVMA's stands on these ballot questions, find 2020 ballot question resources, and ballot question guidelines for local Leagues here
. LWVMA encourages local Leagues to educate voters and advocate for ranked choice voting.