Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Video - Candidate Debate, State Representative 10/24/16

See the October 24, 2016 debate between the candidates for State Representative.

Ballot Question Debates

UMass Boston, WBUR and The Boston Globe held debates on the four MA Ballot Questions:

Question 1: Allow One More Slots License

Question 2: Raise the Cap on Charter Schools

Question 3: Treatment of Farm Animals

Question 4: Legalize Recreational Marijuana

3rd Congressional District Candidate Forum - Oct 19

3rd Congressional District Candidate Forum from Channel 22 on Vimeo.

Representative Niki Tsongas (D-incumbent) and Ann Wofford (R) participated in a candidate forum for the 3rd Congressional District, sponsored by the LWV of Concord and Carlisle.

This forum is co-sponsored with Lowell Votes, Lowell High School and Lowell Educational Television.

14th Middlesex Candidate Forum -- Oct. 24

The LWVCC is co-sponsoring a candidate forum for the 14th Middlesex District State Representative race on October 24, 2016, at 7 pm. The forum will be held at the Acton Public Safety Building, 371 Main Street, Acton. Cory Atkins (D-incumbent), Helen Brady (R), and Daniel Factor (GRP) are scheduled to participate in this event. The forum will be videotaped and made available for viewing on CCTV after the event.

Please submit your questions for the candidates to

Early Voting Launches for General Election

Massachusetts' voters will have the opportunity to vote before Election Day during a 11-day period beginning on October 24. To check the schedule for early voting in your town, you can visit the resources at the Massachusetts Secretary of State's website, which offers a lookup tool for each municipality. Massachusetts voters will have several choices about how to cast their ballots: at any early voting location in their community, by mail, or at their regular polling place on Election Day. The Secretary of State website has information about how to download an Early Voting Application for those who wish to vote by mail

Get involved in the Superintendent Search as Citizen-at-Large!

LWVCC has been asked to select a Citizen-at-Large to represent the community on the screening committee that will narrow the field of candidates for Superintendent of Schools.

We are forming a League Selecton Committee, which will select the Citizen-at-Large, and invite League members to volunteer.

Click here for more information.

League of Women Voters Online Voters' Guide

The League of Women Voters election information website,, is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:

Absentee ballot information
Ballot measure information (where applicable)
Early voting options (where applicable)
Election dates
Factual data on candidates in various federal, state and local races
General information on such topics as how to watch debates with a critical eye
ID requirements
Polling place locations
Registration deadlines
Voter qualifications
Voter registration forms
Voting machines
An important component of is the polling place locator, which enables users to type in their address and retrieve the poll location for the voting precinct in which that address is located. The League has found that this is among the most sought after information in the immediate days leading up to, and on, Election Day.

LWVCC voter registration in Lowell

Cynthia Rainey and Judy Zaunbrecher staff a voter registration table in Lowell, MA on September 3.

2016 is a Presidential election year - voter information

Learn how to register, get an absentee ballot, vote early (general election only), and vote at the Town Clerk pages for Carlisle or Concord.

The Massachusetts Secretary of State website has election information (ballot initiatives, state primary and general election races)and voting information (registration, including online registration, absentee ballot, early voting).