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2019 Municipal Elections

Tuesday, November 5th: 2019 Municipal Elections!
November 5th, 2019 is election day for many municipalities across the Commonwealth! Be sure to make it to the polls if your city/town has an election, and spread the word to your family and friends! And keep in mind that polling locations run on different schedules depending on municipality. Check here to see all cities/towns holding elections and the hours that polls are open for each: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elemuniele/munieleidx.htm If you have questions about voting, contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Elections and Voting Division at this toll free number: 1-800-462-VOTE (8683). You can also email them at elections@sec.state.ma.us

Civic Engagement Survey

Disabled People and Civic Engagement

Brandeis University in partnership with the Ford Foundation and the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy are working to better understand the challenges, gaps, and opportunities for cross-movement work between disability rights and civic engagement communities. This work is informed by disabled people in the disability rights community to identify areas where philanthropy can better commit (and in some cases recommit) to disability rights within their civic engagement work.

As part of this research they are sharing a survey for people with disabilities who live in the U.S. about their civic engagement experiences. This survey is anonymous and voluntary.

They would appreciate if you would take a few minutes to complete the survey, and/or share with your networks. If you have questions or require an accessible version of this survey please let Sandy Ho, hos@brandeis.edu, know and one will be provided.

SURVEY: People with disabilities and Civic engagement: A Way Forward for Philanthropy

You can read more about Civic Engagement at FordFoundation.org.

Thanks to the Center for Living and Working in Worcester for the information!

Voter Engagement Crash Course

Nonprofit VOTE is offering a free Voter Engagement Crash Course on September 9 – 13, 2019.

” You know what the difference is between you and other organizations who have solid, reliable voter engagement plans? One week.
Enroll now for a one week crash course — September 9-13 — for a series of daily webinars and resources that will have you ready to act and get people registered.  “

Click Here to Enroll in the Voter Engagement Crash Course.

WEBINAR: Running a Voter Registration Drive at Your Nonprofit

Nonprofit VOTE is also offering a free Webinar on Thursday, August 29 at 2 p.m. ET.

Click Here to Enroll in Running a Voter Registration Drive.

October 15 Democratic Debate

For more information, visit ballotpedia.org or Teen Vogue.

12 Democratic candidates will take the stage at Otterbein University in Ohio. You can watch the Tuesday, October 15th Debate at 8 p.m. ET on CNN as well as livestreamed on other platforms.

The list of candidates is: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer,
Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang

Get Educated!

ADA Celebration in Boston with Automark!

Automark Demo at ADA Celebration!

Boston’s Election Department will have an Automark Machine set up.  They will be training attendees who may not have used one before or would like a refresher on how the Automark works.

ADA Celebration in Boston

Tuesday, July 23:  12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Boston City Hall Plaza, One City Hall Square, Boston

A free event for children, families, and individuals of all abilities!
ADA Celebration Day is a yearly celebration of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is held in Boston around the last week of July near the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signing. Each year, we honor a local organization that has made an impact on accessibility or inclusion in Boston. ADA Celebration Day is an event for people of all ages and all abilities to come together and celebrate a milestone in the disability community.

The public is invited to join us for:

  • Food
  • Music
  • Resource fair
  • Friends, and
  • Fun

ASL and CART provided. For additional accommodation requests, call 617-635-3682 or e-mail disability@boston.gov.

Webinar: Staying Nonpartisan – Rules for 501(c)(3) Organizations (July 31)

When:
     July 31 at 2 p.m. ET
Register Online:
Speaker:
     David Levitt of Adler & Colvin
When hyperpartisanship seems to define our times, how can we, as nonprofits, remain reliable sources of information to those we serve without crossing the line?
From voter registration to candidate engagement, social media to personal time, you have a lot of questions, join us on July 31 at 2pmET as David Levitt of Adler & Colvin walks us through the do’s and don’ts of nonprofit voter engagement activity.
Offered free by Nonprofit Vote.

Voter Turnout in 2019

From Non Profit Vote – This report is especially interesting in that it tries to indicate what policies could be driving higher voter participation.  At 17th in the list with 54.6% participation as compared to the highest at 64.2% (Minnesota), Massachusetts has room to improve!

“You likely already know the 2018 Midterms broke all kinds of voter turnout records in an election that has been deemed “historic.” With the release of our 7th biennial “America Goes to the Polls” report – a joint effort with the U.S. Election Project – we dig into that election and reveal the official voter turnout ranking of all 50 states. But ranking the states is only half the story, the other half is identifying the various voter registration and election policies that give some states a big turnout advantage over others.
 
We examine how policies like Same Day Registration, Vote at Home, and Automatic Voter Registration play a demonstrable role in encouraging voter turnout, especially in the states that ranked in the top 10. We also look at how the more restrictive 4-week registration deadlines depress turnout in the bottom 10 states.
 

The report is packed with useful information, charts, and graphs that can help you spread the word about your own voter advocacy work or help highlight how your state needs to do more to ensure every eligible citizen has access to the polls. “

Download the report:   Voter Turnout in 2019