Democracy is only as strong as we make it:
The greatest tool, privilege and responsibility we have is voting.
Non-Partisan But Political: What Does It Mean?
In 2016 a coalition of organizations across the state, including the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, joined to advocate for stronger civic education in Massachusetts schools. In 2018, after considerable input from the community, the Massachusetts Board of Education approved, and then the Massachusetts Legislature enacted, Bill S.2631, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement
, and on November 8, Governor Charlie Baker signed it into law.
Last year, thanks to 20 volunteers, we set up tables to register voters at 24 events across the Cape. All together, we registered or preregistered 291 people. We participated in National Voter Registration Day on September 25. Across the country, 400 LWV Chapters (including ours] in 47 states mobilized 4,318 volunteers who registered over 800,000 new voters!
Our role as Voter Service Committee will be changing since Massachusetts passed the Automatic Voter Registration Act: eligible voters can automatically register when they apply to get or renew their drivers license or sign up for a state program such as Medicaid. As a result, in 2019 and 2020 we will transition from registering voters to voter information events such as candidate forums and forums to explain ballot questions....and talk about how you can participate! See More.
H2-B VISA FORUM
H-2B VISA SHORTAGE AND ITS EFFECT ON OUR CAPE ECONOMY
On Saturday February 9, the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area
held a forum at the Harwich Cultural Center on H2-B visas and the Cape Cod economy.
Issues discussed included
The importance of the H2-B visa program to the Cape's economy, seasonally and year-round.
The difficulty of filling seasonal jobs with local workers or college-age workers (due to issues including housing expenses, the conflict between an extended tourist season and a longer college schedule).
The difficulty and expense of filling jobs with H2-B visa workers.
The loss of the "returning worker exemption" of past years.
Wendy Northcross, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Andrew Nelson, Aide, U.S. Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA)
Julian Cyr (D-Truro), State Senator, Cape Cod District
Amy Voll, executive administrator of Mac's Seafood, Wellfleet
See the Cape Cod Chronicle's article about the forum
Cape Cod Chronicle: They're Searching for Seasonal Workers to Keep
cape Economy Humming
Mission of the League of Women Votes of the Cape Cod Area
The Mission of the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government. LWVCCA takes action on selected governmental issues after study and agreement by our membership. We encourage members to be informed participants in political activity, but as a non-partisan organization, we neither oppose nor support any political party or candidate for public office, even when the office is unaffiliated with a political party. Our non-partisanship is the basis of the credibility of the LWVCCA and we carefully maintain it.
In Our Education Role we provide non-partisan information to citizens with the understanding that they will use it to make their own decisions. We encourage others to register, to vote, and to communicate policy priorities to those in public office. We provide information and training on voting procedures, candidates, issues, effective lobbying and running for office. Candidate and issue forums are highly visible examples of our education initiatives.
In our Advocacy Role we are non-partisan, though we are political--in the sense that we seek to affect the outcome of legislation and/or policy. When we work with public officials on legislation or policy that addresses our concerns on an issue, it is because of their position on that issue, not because of their party affiliation. League positions are developed over the years, are updated from time to time but are basically consistent. On the other hand, the positions and platforms of political parties do change. At time they resemble our League positions and at other times they do not. It is important to not confuse politics with position activity. In our advocacy role, the League does speak out on its positions and the legislation supporting them.