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 Arlington Democratic Town Committee heartily congratulates Cindy Friedman for her victory in the Democratic primary for the 4th Middlesex District State Senate seat left vacant by our loss of Sen. Ken Donnelly. We also congratulate Rep. Sean Garballey and Mary Ann Stewart for their fine and hard-fought campaigns and their commitment to public service.
The general election will be Tuesday, July 25. There is at least one opposition candidate, so make sure to vote!
From Gus Bickford, Chair, Massachusetts Democratic Party, (617) 939-0800
Since the announcement of our Massachusetts Resistance Summer initiative, we have solicited input from several of State Party subcommittees, formed Youth Advisory and Activist Advisory councils, and brought on a new Resistance Organizing Fellow, Lindsay Kenney. Earlier this month, we joined 125 Democratic organizers from across the nation at the DNC Resistance Summer conference in Washington D.C. and collaborated on ways to organize and win through grassroots initiatives.
Through these collaborative efforts, we are proud to launch a Massachusetts Resistance Summer program that channels the energy we have seen since Election Day and is focused on engaging and activating Democratic stakeholders and activists from across the Commonwealth. We will continue to solicit input and feedback on our program to ensure we are united, as a Party, throughout the process.
This Saturday we will engage in our first day of Grassroots Action in Lynn. State Senator and former Party Chair Tom McGee is running for Mayor against a Republican incumbent and we will be knocking on doors in the neighborhoods surrounding the McGee for Mayor Campaign headquarters (47 Myrtle Street) this Saturday, July 15 at 10 a.m. Let us know if you can make it by signing up here. Also, please share this information with your networks.
Also on the horizon is the special election for the Fourth Middlesex State Senate District, where Democratic nominee Cindy Friedman is running for the seat formerly held by the late Senator Ken Donnelly. Cindy will need our help heading into GOTV weekend and Election Day on Tuesday, July 25th. Click here to sign up to volunteer to make calls or canvass over the next two weeks for Cindy. Join us for:
- Phonebanking next Tuesday, July 18 at Friedman Campaign headquarters (1306 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- GOTV Weekend July 22 – July 24 at Friedman Campaign headquarters (phonebanking and GOTV Door Hanger Shifts starting at 11:00 a.m. with shifts as late as 5:00 p.m.)
- Fourth Middlesex Special General Election Tuesday, July 25th (shifts starting at 12:00 p.m. with shifts as late as 6 p.m.)
These are the first of many grassroots campaign activities we will be helping to organize as part of Resistance Summer. Many of you have been organizing tirelessly already, and we know that organizing starts with you. To connect with other activists in your area or post an event to our calendar, please visit www.resistma.com. We will be using this site to engage activists with organizations in their area, publicize events and updates and support progressive activism throughout the Commonwealth.
Finally, the Resolutions Subcommittee will be hosting a hearing on submitted resolutions on Monday, August 28th at 6 p.m. at the Plumbers Local 12 hall (1240 Massachusetts Avenue, Dorchester 02125). The resolutions that will be taken up will be posted online ahead of the hearing. Those in attendance that are interested in testifying in favor or against a resolution will be given 2 minutes to do so and must sign in upon arrival.
At its May 18 meeting, the Arlington Democratic Town Committee voted unanimously in favor of a resolution supporting automatic voter registration legislation. Eight states and the District of Columbia now have automatic voter registration. For more information, see the Automatic Voter Registration Fact Sheet (slightly out of date) and a short summary of the bill. See the information about the Senate bill for full details.
On a wet, windy night, dedicated Democrats from Arlington, Lexington, and other towns waited in line at Town Hall April 25 to weigh in on the state party platform.
For more information, see http://massdems.org/media/press-releases/568-massachusetts-democratic-party-announces-platform-hearings.