Our Recent Forum on Ranked Choice Voting
League of Women Voters Cape Cod Area Presents
A Forum on Ranked Choice Voting
(A Simple Change to the Way We Vote)
If you missed the forum, here's a link to a LWVMA page with a presentation by Adam Friedman, Executive Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts, that's very similar to the presentation at our March 28 forum on the subject.
Ranked Choice Voting Webinar at LWVMA
On Thursday, March 28, we hosted Joel Paul of Voter Choice Mass, followed by Q&A with the audience.
In most elections today, you pick one candidate.
Ranked Choice Voting, you can rank multiple candidates
in the order you prefer them -- 1st choice, 2nd choice,
3rd choice, and so on. If your 1st choice can't win, your
vote instantly counts toward your backup choice.
With RCV, your vote stays in play until one candidate
wins with a majority -- more than 50% -- of the vote. If
used for Massachusetts elections, Ranked Choice Voting would bring more voices and choices into our political process and ensure outcomes that more accurately reflect the will of the voters.
The League of Women Voters presents unbiased, nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process and issues. We sponsor forums and discussions, and encourage voter registration. Visit us at http://www.lwvcapecod.org
2019 Legislative Breakfast
Our annual Legislative Breakfast was held March 22nd in the Solarium of CCCC's Lorusso building.
All six House members were in attendance. (Representative Peake pointed out that the House is the people's branch of the government, as illustrated by those who attended.) Representatives were Timothy Whelan, William Crocker, David Vieira, Sarah Peake, Randy Hunt and Dylan Fernandez. Neither Senator Cyr nor Senator deMacedo was able to attend. Senator Cyr sent Patrick Johnson, his Chief of Staff, to stand in for him. Senator deMacedo was short staffed due to illnesses and could not send anyone.
Reps Tim Whelan, Will Crocker, Sarah Peake, Randy Hunt (l. to r.)
In addition to the Legislators and Aides, there were also 42 LWVCCA members and guests, as well as 10 students from the Rotaract and Economics clubs.
For more on this event see our April VOTER newsletter.
H-2B Visas and Seasonal Guest Workers
H2-B VISA FORUM
UPDATE: since our recent February forum, the Department of Homeland Security has increased its quota on H-2b visas, the type most vital to Cape and Islands business owners. In addition,an exemption on returning workers, eliminated by the Trump administration, has now been returned, meaning that experienced individuals are now eligible. Congressman Keating's office was active in the effort to eliminate the quota caps .
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