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Opening meeting featured a presentation on voting rights and voter suppression by Stuart Naifeh, a voting rights lawyer with Demos.

The Amherst League of Women Voters, Amherst Media and former Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg team up for Byline with Stan Rosenberg, an issue-oriented local government news program.

Candidates for School Committee, Library Trustee, Housing Authority and Oliver Smith Will Elector.

 

The League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum for candidates for town-wide office on October 28 at the Bangs Center, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Election Day is November 5.

Go to the sign-up page to volunteer for one or more sessions.

The problems nation-wide and here have been caused by the decline in federal funding for affordable housing and zoning restrictions. There were very few units constructed between 1980 and 2010, and even fewer of the ones that were built were smaller, more affordable, units. A forum on homelessness that the League co-sponsored in 2016 identified a great need for housing that can reduce the number of homeless people. The proposal by the Valley Community Development Corporation is to help meet that need.

The summer and fall of 2018 were busy times for both our League and our neighboring Leagues. An extraordinary number of open seats were up for grabs in the state legislature, and in addition, Amherst was holding its first municipal election under its new home rule charter.

The Voter Registration (VR) Committee was busy this past year - mainly in the fall of 2018 - educating voters and potential voters about voter registration, absentee ballots in MA and other states, and the ballot questions.

The Committee had its origin in early 2017, as a way to provide LWVA members opportunities to further inform themselves about local social issues.

Last year the state League established the legislative envoy program. Each local League was encouraged to have one or more persons designated to be contacts with our state legislators on state legislation.