The Debates for the Massachusetts election have begun. Please note that we have added several since the initial post! We are leaving the old ones in case anyone wants to try to stream one that already happened
- October 3: Attorney General Debate between incumbent Maura Healey and challenger Jay McMahon. The debate was hosted by WGBH News and moderated by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Watch the debate at www.wgbh.org. Antonio Caban and Maddie Kilgannon wrote an article about the debate at the wgbh link, but the video is not close captioned.
- Tuesday, October 9 from 8-9 p.m.: Gubernatorial Debate is between incumbent Charlie Baker and opponent Jay Gonzalez. The debate will air live on WBSK TV as well as stream live on CBSBoston.com. Jonathan Keller will moderate. Anyone can submit issue-oriented questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @kelleratlarge. For more information, visit boston.cbslocal.com.
- Wednesday, October 17 from 7 p.m. – 8 on WGBH (Channel 2) and WGBY Springfield: Gubernatorial Debate is between incumbent Charlie Baker and opponent Jay Gonzalez. Baker and Gonzalez sparred on issues including transportation, taxes and the state police overtime scandal during their first debate.
- Friday, October 19 from 8 p.m. – 9 on WBZ Channel 38. Senatorial Debate where Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Warren faces Republican Geoff Diehl.
- Sunday, October 21 at 7 p.m. sponsored by WBGY Springfield: At this Senatorial Debate, incumbent Elizabeth Warren with face Geoff Diehl. Questions can be submitted at www.masslive.com.
- Monday, October 22 from 7 – 7:30 p.m. WGBH Channel 2: Secretary of State Bill Galvin (D) will debate his opponent, Anthony Amore (R), on the Jim Braude Show.
Don’t miss the debate for Secretary of State on Monday, October 22. Incumbent Democrat Bill Galvin will debate Republican opponent Anthony Amore on the Jim Braude show on WGBH TV.
Note: October 22 is the beginning of early voting. We recommend you watch the debate first before you vote!
Tuesday October 2, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Lebowitz Meeting Hall
Morse Institute Library
14 E Central Street
Natick, MA 01760
Representatives from the Secretary of State’s office, the Disability Law Center, REV UP Massachusetts and MetroWest Center for Independent Living will be there to answer your questions. This Voter Registration Forum is in conjunction with National Disability Awareness Month.
Accessible AutoMark Voting Machines will be set up for voters to try out.
The Natick Town Clerk will help you register to vote, even if you are from another town.
Learn your civil rights, register to vote and make your voting plan.
Representative Linsky, Senator Ross and Senator Spilka plan to attend.
From the Digital Journal and Newswire.com. October 1, 2018
This article confirms what REV UP stands for – the disability community needs to vote and to have a louder voice! “Candidates for office ignore the disability community at their peril.”
“It’s the month before the midterm elections and one of the nation’s leading disability organizations has a wake-up call for candidates. “Fully three-quarters of likely voters either have a disability themselves or have a family member or a close friend with disabilities,” said former U.S. Representative and Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett. Bartlett is the chairman of RespectAbility, a Washington-based nonpartisan nonprofit that fights stigmas and advances opportunities so people with disabilities can participate in all aspects of community.
“Our survey shows that 74 percent of likely voters are touched by disabilities,” said Bartlett, who was a primary author of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. “Our nation was founded on the principle that anyone who works hard should be able to get ahead in life. These folks deserve an equal opportunity to earn an income and achieve independence just like anyone else. Candidates for office ignore the disability community at their peril.”
Free Webinars from REV UP / AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities)
The 2018 elections will be critical in determining whether health care options are available for families and adults for years to come. Join Families USA experts for a discussion on what to expect on the state and national level. With Medicaid expansion ballot initiatives, governors’ races, and elections with party control of state legislatures hanging in the balance, the future of health care has never been such a critical issue in the voting booth at the state level. What’s more, the Congressional midterms will have a critical influence on the future of the Affordable Care Act and the structure of the Medicaid program as we know it.
September 21, 2018 | 2pm ET
Join this collaborative webinar hosted by the DOnetwork and the REV UP Campaign to learn more about barriers to accessing election information, including information on candidates and the issues. The webinar will explore how political campaigns, hosts of candidate forums, and election officials can make their materials and information more accessible to people with disabilities. Webinar presenters include the National Council on Independent Living and the Center for Disability Empowerment.
September 25, 2018
National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 25th this year. The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).
October 18, 2018 | 1pm ET
Join this collaborative webinar hosted by the DOnetwork and the REV UP Campaign to learn more about barriers to voting. The webinar will explore polling place accessibility, poll worker training, how to navigate voting barriers, vote by mail accessibility, and knowing your rights as a disabled voter. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions. Webinar presenters include Disability Rights DC, Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities (South Carolina), Disability Rights Oregon, and Disability Rights Iowa.
For more information, or to register online (free), visit disabilityorganizing.net.
When: September 21, 2018 at 2 p.m ET
Join this collaborative webinar hosted by the DOnetwork and the REV UP Campaign to learn more about barriers to accessing election information, including information on candidates and the issues.
The webinar will explore how political campaigns, hosts of candidate forums, and election officials can make their materials and information more accessible to people with disabilities. Webinar presenters include the National Council on Independent Living and the Center for Disability Empowerment.
The REV UP Campaign, launched by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in 2016, is a nonpartisan initiative that coordinates with national, state, and local disability organizations to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. The Campaign focuses on voter registration, education, access, and engagement. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power! Learn more at www.aapd.com/REVUP.
Framingham voters who select a Democratic primary ballot will see a blank space for their State Rep. Representative Chris Walsh passed away in May, leaving insufficient time for candidates to apply to be on the September primary ballot. As a result, the Democratic primary candidate for his seat will be determined by write ins on the ballot.
The Framingham Source has more information on the race. FraminghamSource.com
The Boston Globe has put together guides for several races around the state.
Visit their website for some valuable information: www.bostonglobe.com/section/2018-primary-election-guide
Launched by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C., the new project intends to “include disability expertise in all internal conversations and projects, while modeling the necessity and utility of such inclusion to other groups that work in progressive spaces”. …”disability isn’t a niche issue; there are over 57 million Americans with disabilities”…
Read the article from the Pacific Standard. Published August 14, 2018 by David M. Perry