Amherst Voter Participation Stakeholders' Roundtable

Since its inception by Amherst Town Clerk Margaret Nartowicz after the November elections, LWVA members have been attending the Clerk's Roundtable to get ideas and to see what the League may be able to contribute. Marcie Sclove attended the Roundtable on March 28th.

Town Clerk Nartowicz and her assistant, Athena O'Keeffe, convened the meeting to explore ways to improve voter participation of students, primarily UMass students. The goals are to get more students registered, update registered voters who have moved, and then educate the students about the upcoming elections and get them to the polls. Attending this meeting were members of UMass Democrats and UMass Republicans and MASSPIRG, as well as Sarah Barr, who has organized similar efforts at Amherst College.

Parts of the discussion included: early voting polls on Campus, using voting software such as Turbo Vote to communicate with students, other ways to reach students via social media, having all student clubs participate in a campus wide registration campaign, and ways to encourage students to both vote early and/or get to the polling place on Election Day.

We are exploring ways in which the League can be helpful in these efforts.