Winter 2016 Update
LWVMA Leads the Way for Election 2016!
For election 2016, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is launching a multi-pronged voter education and engagement initiative: MOVE 2016 (Massachusetts Voter Engagement 2016), designed to provide voters throughout the Commonwealth with resources to encourage participation and informed choice in the 2016 election. Our goal is to "MOVE the needle" by substantially increasing voter registration and turnout rates in the Commonwealth. We thank the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation, the Salem Five Charitable Foundation, and an anonymous donor for financial support for this program.
MOVE 2016 includes the following: Online Voters' Guide:
This customizable digital resource will allow Massachusetts voters to access personalized ballot information-for statewide races, U.S. Congressional races, state legislative races, and ballot questions -- simply by entering a street address! Voters will also be able to access in-depth information about candidates and ballot questions, an online voter registration tool, local and state voting requirements and rules, and a polling place finder. LWVMA will bring this digital platform to Massachusetts voters for the first time for election 2016.

Early Voting Challenge: A law passed by the state legislature in 2014 requires early in-person voting be available at city or town election offices for an eleven-day period before the election, during normal business hours. To encourage cities and towns to offer a robust early voting program, LWVMA and its partners in the Election Modernization Coalition have issued an Early Voting Challenge, with gold and silver "medals" to recognize communities which meet or exceed those recommendations. We are asking citizen activists to contact their town and city election officials and ask them to offer night and weekend early voting hours, as well as multiple early voting locations for municipalities with over 35,000 residents. Click here for a toolkit with information on the law. Make an appointment with your town's election officials now!

Eye-catching Election Resources These unique LWVMA materials will educate voters about other significant changes to Massachusetts' election procedures as a result of the 2014 election modernization law -- specifically, the addition of online registration, now available, and pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds,starting in August.  Look for them in print and digital formats soon!

"YOUth Should Vote!" Student Video Contest: LWVMA's third annual Student Video Contest will kick off Feb. 1 and run through March 31.  The theme this year is "YOUth Should Vote!" To mobilize the youth vote in Election 2016, we are inviting
Massachusetts high school students to send 30-second videos (public service announcements) that encourage young people to register to vote and turn out at the polls in November. The first-place award is $1,000; second-place, $500; and third-place, $250.  All winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony at the Massachusetts State House, and winning videos will be publicized throughout the state. Please encourage high school students you know to participate!  More information is here.

League Choice Books for Children and TeensIn a nticipation of the 2016 election, LWVMA has created a new program identifying books to inspire children and teens to learn about voting, civic engagement, democracy, and the suffrage movement. The chosen titles cover a broad range of topics for all reading levels and are readily available through your favorite book vendors. For more information and our recommendations,   click here. 
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Since its founding in 1920, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has been a respected and trusted voice for citizen participation in our democracy.  As a nonpartisan, grassroots organization, the League does not support or oppose candidates or parties.  However, the League does take positions on important issues of public policy after study and consensus. With 43 local Leagues throughout the Commonwealth, LWVMA has been at the forefront of efforts to empower and educate Massachusetts voters and effect change on a wide range of issues. Please help advance our important work by joining the League.
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