Globe: Menino decries redistricting plan

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Says Chinatown should not be split, as panel proposes

[Reprinted from the Boston Globe.  Original article here.]

November 25, 2011 | By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff

Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday panned a City Council redistricting plan that would divide Chinatown by shifting one of its precincts out of District 2, calling some features of the proposal “gerrymandering at its best.’’

“I don’t think Chinatown should be split,’’ Menino said, after appearing at a Thanksgiving feast at the Pine Street Inn. “It’s a community ...

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New congressional maps give you more power

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November 7, 2011:  A new map has been offered by Massachusetts legislative leaders and your voice has been heard.   Across the state, people working with MassVOTE and our partners in the Drawing Democracy project have asked for districts that made sense to you.  The new proposal marks a victory.  You asked for it, and the new proposal delivers:

  • A Boston-centered district that gives people of color significant voting clout.  ...
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Globe: Plan to redraw districts hailed

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[Reprinted from The Boston Globe.  Original article here.]

Proposal aims to reflect state’s racial diversity

OCTOBER 19, 2011 |  Peter Schworm, GLOBE STAFF

Massachusetts lawmakers yesterday released a new map of legislative districts that doubles the number that are “majority-minority,’’ reflecting the state’s growing racial diversity and giving black and Latino voters more political clout.

The proposal calls for 20 House districts where most residents identify themselves as members of minority groups, and three Senate districts, including a new one in Springfield.

After a decade ...

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MassVOTE conducts first-ever independent audit of Massachusetts voting machines

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Historic first sparks staunch opposition from Secretary of State.  Lawsuit considered as possible next step.

With your backing, MassVOTE recently conducted the first-ever independent audit of an election machine in Massachusetts.

In June, using the Public Records Law, your team at MassVOTE asked to see all 1,007 anonymous ballots cast in a randomly selected precinct in Shrewsbury during the 2010 special election for U.S. Senate.

1,002 ballots were correctly counted.  On the remaining five, the voters had mismarked their ballots. But their intent, in all ...

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MassVOTE’s three summer priorities

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As the summer begins, MassVOTE has 3 priorities:

  • Empowering neighborhood organizations and progressive groups to do voter education, registration, and mobilization statewide, especially in communities of color.
  • Educating, registering, and mobilizing young voters and future voters.
  • Addressing inequalities and calling for reform in how voters are registered, how district lines are drawn, how campaigns are funded, and who has influence over our elected officials.

Over the next three days MassVOTE will update you on each priority.

What follows is the first update:

Empowering neighborhood organizations and ...

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Educating, registering, and mobilizing young voters and future voters

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The Boston area high school youth of color in our Young Civic Leaders program put together a massive voter registration drive on June 28th, in partnership with the Jewish Organizing Initiative and many other organizations.  A centralized training and kickoff celebration was held, and groups headed off to T-stops across greater Boston to do registration.  Close to a hundred volunteers took part.

Young Civic Leaders is also working on our campaign for Pre-Registration, an effort to pass a law that ...

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Globe: Phantom precinct shows city’s arcane voting laws

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Made up of Harbor Islands, no one cast ballot since 2004

[Reprinted from The Boston Globe. Original article here.]

November 3, 2009 | By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff

It’s one of the stranger rituals of Boston politics: For each Election Day, a pristine ballot box is cleaned, filled with fresh ink, and force-fed at least 50 test ballots before being lugged to a seaside precinct where nobody will vote.

“It’s the lonely machine,’’ said Loretta Paulding, the election warden in charge of Ward 1, ...

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