Committee Endorsements of Ballot Questions

After a large turnout at the Issues Forum on Thursday, October 13, the Committee voted on Monday, October 17, to take positions on the current ballot questions:

  1. Additional slots-only casino license: NO
  2. Authorization of up to 12 new charter schools per year: NO
  3. Prohibit certain methods of farm animal containment: YES
  4. Legalize recreational marijuana for individuals at least 21 years old: NO POSITION
  5. Community Preservation Act in the City of Boston: YES

A two-thirds vote is required for the Committee to take a YES or NO position. Question 4 did not have such a margin in either direction.

For more details on the first four ballot questions, which are state-wide: https://ballotpedia.org/Massachusetts_2016_ballot_measures

For more details on the Community Preservation Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Preservation_Act

General Election 2016 and Early Voting Notice

The general election this year is on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. For registration and voting information, select “Voting Info” at the top right corner of this page.

This fall, the City of Boston is allowing residents to vote early for the first time. Early voting is similar to absentee voting, but you don’t need a reason or excuse to vote early.

From Monday, October 24, through Friday, November 4, you can vote at any early voting location in the City, including Boston City Hall. You can see the complete schedule for early voting locations at https://www.boston.gov/news/early-voting-locations-boston-2016-election. Pick the time and place that’s best for you.

All early voting locations are accessible to voters with disabilities. Every location will also have AutoMark machines for voters who need help marking their ballots.

Two Important Events: Issues Forum and Committee Fundraiser

The Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee and its neighboring committees will hold an issues forum so that you can be informed about ballot questions in the November 8 general election:

  • Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6:30 pm.
  • Location: First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, at the corner of Green and Myrtle Streets, adjacent to the Jamaica Plain Post Office and JP Licks. The Number 39 bus stops in both directions, and the church is about a 10-minute walk from the Green Street T Station.
  • The forum is sponsored by Ward 9 (South End, Roxbury), Ward 10 (Mission Hill), Ward 11 (Jamaica Plain, Roxbury), Ward 12 (Roxbury), Ward 18 (Hyde Park) , Ward 19 (Jamaica Plain, Roslindale), and Ward 20 (Roslindale, West Roxbury).  Light refreshments will be served.
  • The public is invited, and there is no charge.

The Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee fundraiser will feature Jimmy Tingle with his humorous observations of the current political season:

  • Date Monday, October 17, 2016
  • Location: Doyle’s Cafe Back Room, 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, a 7-minute walk from the Green Street T Station.
  • Minimum requested donation: $25.00. Please contact the ward committee at info@bostonward19dems.org. Members of the committee will have tickets for sale.
  • The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm. The Ward Committee will provide appetizers, and you can order drinks.

Ward Committee Endorsements for September Primary

It was standing room only at the candidates’ forum on Tuesday, August 23, 2016:

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At the completion of the forum, the Ward 19 Democratic Committee voted to endorse the following candidates for contested races in the September 8 Democratic primary:

  • Senator, Second Suffolk: Sonia Rosa Chang-Díaz
  • Representative, Eleventh Suffolk: Elizabeth A. Malia
  • Sheriff, Suffolk County: Steven W. Tompkins

The Boston Neighborhood Network (bnntv.org) recorded the forum. You can watch it at https://bnntv.org/vod/bnn-special-events/bnn-election-coverage-farnsworth-house-candidates-night