ACMI TV hosted a debate August 16 between State Representative Sean Garballey and Lori Lennon, who are running in the Democratic primary for the 23rd Middlesex State Rep seat. It will be shown on local cable many times between now and the September 4 primary, or you can watch it online at http://acmi.tv/, where candidate profiles are also posted, along with the schedule.
After passage by the state legislature, Gov. Baker signed the Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) bill on August 9, 2018. The ADTC endorsed the bill at our meeting May 18, 2017. Many thanks to our state legislators for their support. AVR is expected to go into effect in time for the 2020 election.
If you won’t be in town to vote in the September 4 state primary, you can request an absentee ballot by filling out the short form available at the Secretary of State’s Office and mailing it to the Town Clerk, 730 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA 02476. Or you can go to the Town Clerk’s office in person. For details, see https://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/08/absentee_ballots_available_for.html.
If you’re new in town or are just turning 18, be aware that if you want to vote in the state primary election on Tuesday, September 4, you must register to vote by three weeks before that date: Wednesday, August 15. You can use the state’s Online Voter Registration system or do it the old-fashioned way by visiting the Town Clerk’s office on the second floor of Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave., with its charmingly irregular hours of operation (Mon-Wed 8 am-4 pm, Thurs 8 am-7 pm, Fri 8 am-noon). Spread the word!
Some day, we may achieve same-day registration, but that day is not yet.
The candidates for Middlesex County District Attorney and for Governor’s Councillor for District 3 will debate on Tuesday, July 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at First Parish Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. The event is free and open to the public.
District Attorneys are the most powerful people in the criminal justice system – and they are
accountable only to voters. Learn more about the power DAs wield in our communities – and hear from the Middlesex County District Attorney candidates.
You will also hear from candidates for the Governor’s Council, which has the power to approve the appointments of judges and Parole Board members.
The event is nonpartisan: co-sponsors are the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Leagues of Women Voters of Arlington, Lexington, and Winchester, Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMi), and the Mass Incarceration Working Group of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Arlington.
U.S. SENATOR ED MARKEY INVITES YOU TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS ACTION SUMMIT
Join Senator Markey and America’s leading climate change experts for a summit on one of the greatest crises of our time. Following a discussion of the current state of affairs of climate policy and solutions, questions will be taken from the audience.
We are honored to be joined by our distinguished panelists:
–Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator and current Director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
–Dr. John Holdren, former Chief Science and Technology Advisor to President Barack Obama and current Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
–Todd Stern, former U.S. Chief Negotiator for the Paris Climate Accord and current Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Distinguished Fellow at the World Resources Institute
DATE: Thursday, June 28th
TIME: 7pm – 8:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
LOCATION: Belmont High School
ADDRESS: 221 Concord Ave., Belmont
Associate Member Jordan Weinstein has conducted interviews with both Democratic candidates for Lt. Governor. You can find the interviews on Facebook (Massachusetts Progressive Forum) and YouTube.
The ADTC and Common Cause Massachusetts sponsored a well-attended forum on voting issues in March at the Arlington Senior Center. Here’s a detailed report on the event.
Concerned about how well our electoral system lives up to the promise of democracy? Looking for a way to ensure voting rights and fair elections in MA? Want to know what reforms will make a difference in MA and how you can be involved in current efforts to effect change?
THEN JOIN US!
The Arlington Democratic Town Committee is pleased to host a community event on elections and voting rights. The forum features leading experts and activists working on electoral reforms to ensure a fair, accessible, open, and functional democratic system. The event will include an interactive, working group component to equip you with the contacts, resources, and tools to get involved!
The forum, A Crisis of Democracy: A Forum on Elections and Voting Rights, will take place on Tuesday, March 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St. Panelists include Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, Executive Director of MassVOTE, Greg Dennis, Policy Director of Voter Choice MA, and Joyce Hackett from Lift Every Vote. Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, will moderate the panel discussion.