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. The guide has been updated since the Sept. 1 primary. VOTE411 covers all candidate races from U.S. Congress through state legislator and contested county races. Information on the two state ballot questions is also included.
We worked diligently to encourage candidates to respond to the questionnaire. If you find that any candidate in your district has not responded, please reach out and encourage them to complete the questionnaire; it is not too late. Contact Taylor Grenga
for a questionnaire link that can be forwarded to a particular candidate.
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. LWVUS has partnered with the National Association of Broadcasters to launch a voter education campaign
featuring public service announcements (PSAs) about voting and VOTE411. This campaign will air on TV and radio stations nationwide from August through Election Day. Leagues can also share the NAB video PSA with local partners and use it on social media. LWVUS also has English
Volunteer for Election Protection Work
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
Interested in volunteering as a poll monitor? The ACLU of Massachusetts (our partner in the Election Protection Coalition) is recruiting and hosting volunteer trainings. Sign up here
for a Sept. 26 training session.
Publicize Ballot Dropbox Locations
The new elections law allows town clerks and city election officials to install secure dropboxes where voters can deposit their mail ballots rather than relying on the Post Office. Local Leagues can contact town clerks to find out where those dropboxes will be, and to encourage them to install dropboxes if they have not planned to do so. Then publicize the location and availability of those dropboxes on your website and social media and in any election work you do. Post a photo of the dropbox and a link to a map showing the location. Locations can be found from town clerks’ offices on the Secretary of State website
Tips for Holding Virtual Candidate Forums
The voter engagement committee hosted a Zoom meeting to explain the finer points of how to hold a virtual (Zoom) candidate forum, with presenters Karen Price and Jo-Ann Berry. The 90-minute recording and three-part PowerPoint presentation for this informative event are available at the following links:
On the Google drive here
, find information on countdown clocks; generic task spreadsheet; sample rundown spreadsheet; sample communications with candidates; sample press announcement, flyers; sample opening/closing slides; generic script; and generic Zoom action list.
Election Law Resources
The new elections law will make it easier for citizens to vote by mail this year. It also provides for a longer in-person early voting period to cut down on the lines at the polls on Election Day. Here are some resources you can use to put information on this year's elections on your website:
Websites for Voting Information
The Secretary of State has several website addresses for voting information that are easy to use, especially in information to voters, letters to the editor and social media.
The “red book” of official voter information is available here
. A list of all candidates is 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
. Information is also available in the red book
from the Secretary of State.
LWVMA encourages local Leagues to educate voters and advocate for ranked choice voting.
LWVMA Voter Email Hotline
LWVMA's email hotline is ready to answer any questions League members have about voting options this fall. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we promise to get you an answer promptly!
Happy Vote Early Day!
The first-ever Vote Early Day is Saturday, Oct 24. It is a national effort to make sure voters are aware of their vote-early options. Local Leagues can promote this “holiday” and encourage voters to learn about their voting options. In Massachusetts, the in-person early voting period is Oct. 17-30, with times available on both weekends. Hours and locations will be posted at www.MassEarlyVote.com
. Read about Vote Early Day
and sign up your League.
LWVUS Election Messaging Calendar
The countdown to election day continues. LWVUS has created its 2020 Election Messaging Calendar
to highlight the key dates they will be sending out special and critical messages.
Wanted: Poll Workers
Many cities and towns are in critical need of poll workers, especially those who are bilingual. The new elections law allows municipalities to hire poll workers regardless of where they live, their voter registration status, or political party affiliation.
Please encourage members to contact town clerks/local election officials about their needs, especially in larger cities. Check the Secretary of State's website to see where poll workers are needed
. Keep in mind that young people, including college students, are prime candidates to work the polls given their more flexible schedules this fall.
From LWVUS: We’re proud to announce a new partnership with Power the Polls, a multi-faceted, multi-organizational effort to encourage Americans to help fill the poll worker gap in time for November. Please share this link
with your networks, League volunteers, and on social media to encourage poll worker recruitment.