Summer 2017 Update
Join Us to Lobby for Automatic Voter Registration 
June 28 at Massachusetts State House
Automatic Voter Registration is the  nex t important st ep toward modernizing our election system. 
AVR shifts voter registration from an opt-in to an opt-out system. If passed, every eligible citizen who goes to the RMV or other state services agencies would automatically be registered to vote, unless they decline. This will minimize paper forms and data-entry errors and maximize accuracy and security. Most importantly,  it will  add up to 700,00 new voters to the rolls!  

YOU can help bring Automatic Voter Registration to our state.

WHENWednesday, June 28 from  9:30 a.m. to noon.
WHERE:  Room 428, State House, Boston, MA

Register for AVR Lobby Day   and we will arrange meetings with your legislators. You'll receive training and talking points and then you can urge your legislators to vote for this important reform.
June 21 Award Ceremony Honors Winners of 
"Making Democracy Work" Student Video Contest
Contest winners at the State House with LWVMA Executive Director Meryl Kessler and Annis Gill-Miller of Salem Five Bank.

With friends, family, teachers, and legislators on hand, eight Massachusetts high school students received awards from LWVMA for their winning entries in our "Making Democracy Work In My Community" video contest on  June 21. 

The winning videos illustrate the powerful and diverse ways people across Massachusetts are making democracy work: by fighting injustice, organizing action, fostering dialogue, encouraging civic participation, or educating about important issues. 

The first place winning video was from Quincy High School; second place was from Newton South High School; and third place was from Millis High School. The honorable mention winners were from Wellesley High School and Marblehead High School.

The award ceremony at the State House featured inspiring reflections on civic engagement by State Senator John Keenan and State Representative Cory Atkins. Several other state legislators--Representative Ruth Balser, Representative Tackey Chan, Representative Lori Ehrlich, Representative David Linsky, Representative Alice PeischSenator Cynthia Stone Creem, Senator Thomas McGee, and Senator Richard Ross--awarded citations to students from their districts.

We are grateful for the support provided by the Salem Five Charitable Foundation for this program.
 The League Is Taking Action on Beacon Hill
Legislative Chair Nancy Brumback testifies in favor of Automatic Voter Registration bill.
The joint committees of the Massachusetts legislature have been holding hearings on bills at a rapid pace these last six weeks, and the League's legislative specialists have been testifying at hearings every week.  

We've made the case for automatic voter registration, increased civics education, criminal justice reforms, immigration reform and safe communities, carbon pricing, affordable housing, an improved health care system, and even bicycle safety rules.  You can read our written testimony on all the bills we support or oppose on our website here.

LWVMA Membership Numbers Surge During 2017
The new Berkshire County League with LWVMA President Jean Cherdack.
Fueled by the uptick in civic activism across Massachusetts since November, LWVMA is growing.
As of June 2017, our membership has increased 17% compared to a year ago!

Our local  Leagues  across Massachusetts are reporting significant growth as people rediscover the  League  as an already-established vehicle for the civic engagement they seek.

And three new League units have recently formed in Franklin County, Berkshire County, and Framingham, with a fourth organizing in Dracut. 

Please visit our website or call our office at 617-523-2999 to find out how you can make a change by joining the League. 

LWVMA 2015-2016 Annual Report Now Available

The report recaps an extraordinary year of advocacy, voter engagement, and citizen education and celebrates the work of our local Leagues throughout the Commonwealth. 

Many thanks to our members and supporters for helping us Make Democracy Work!
Donate to LWVMA By June 30 and Double Your Gift
Thanks to a generous $10,000 matching gift, we can double down on our critical work preserving and expanding hard-won gains in Massachusetts. Any gift we receive by June 30 will be doubled!  

Please donate todayAs an added incentive, when you donate $25 or more we will send you a League of Women Voters decal.

With your support, LWVMA will fight to improve elections and educate voters, protect the environment, reform the criminal justice system, and block efforts to weaken our state health insurance system. And your support will help us empower citizen activists throughout Massachusetts with the resources, tools, and information they need. Thank you!

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