Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Important LWVCC Opportunity to Select the Citizen-at-Large for the School Superintendent Search

Get involved in the Superintendent Search!

The Concord School Committee and the Concord Carlisle Regional School Committee have asked the LWVCC to select a Citizen-at-Large (CAL) to represent the community on the Superintendent Screening Committee. The role of the Superintendent Screening Committee is to interview the final candidates, selected by the consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), and narrow the field to 2-3 finalists. The two school committees will then select the Superintendent.

The LWVCC Board has created a two-stage process for selecting a Citizen-at-Large (and an alternate) in which League members may participate by serving on the selection committee or applying to be the Citizen-at-Large. If the member serves on the League Selection Committee she/he cannot apply for the Citizen-at-Large position. The two-stage process is:

1. League Selection Committee (LSC) Five members of the LWVCC will be chosen to serve on a League Selection Committee, which will review all citizen applications, conduct interviews, and recommend a finalist and one alternate. A training session will precede the League Selection Committee's deliberations. The LSC will be announced on October 10th. If you are interested, please submit your reasons for wishing to serve to Diane Proctor ( by Friday, October 7th, 2016.

2. The Citizen-at-Large (and alternate): The Citizen-at-Large will be selected by the LSC, who will review written applications and conduct interviews of the applicants. The LSC will present their recommendations to the LWVCC Board and the Concord Public School Committee and Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committees by November 15, 2016.

Anyone applying to serve as the Citizen-at-Large must be available for the training and interviewing sessions tentatively scheduled for January 18-20, 2017. More information will be available in early October.

For membership on either committee, the following criteria will apply:

- possess some knowledge of the Concord- K-8 and Concord-Carlisle Regional school systems
- possess knowledge of, or familiarity with the towns of Concord and/or Carlisle
- possess a willingness to exercise an open perspective and work collaboratively

Preference will be given to those not otherwise integrally involved in the Superintendent search process.

Thank you for your engagement, Diane Proctor (Chair) Nancy Cronin Anne Hayden

LWV Presents: Minuteman Tech HS Vote -- Now Showing on CCTV

An interview with Carrie Flood, Concord's representative to the Minuteman Regional School Committee, is now airing on CCTV, Channel 8. This interview provides valuable information on the September 20 special election being held to vote on whether or not to appropriate funds to build a new Minuteman Vocational Technical High School building.

The program schedule is:

September 14, Wednesday, at 9 pm
September 15, Thursday, at 9 am and 6:30 pm
September 16, Friday, at 11:30 am and 9 pm
September 17, Saturday, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
September 18, Sunday, at 10 am and 9 pm
September 19, Monday, at 3 pm and 3:30 pm

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September 20 Special Election

A special election is being held on September 20 from 12 noon to 8 pm. In Concord, there is one ballot question being voted on--whether or not to appropriate $144.9 million in funds to build a new Minuteman Vocational Technical High School building. In Carlisle there are two items on the ballot--the Minuteman vote and an election to fill a vacancy on Board of Selectman.

The Minuteman vote is a region-wide vote. The outcome is determined by a simple majority vote region-wide. Both Concord and Carlisle are currently members of the Minuteman Regional School District.

Concord residents vote only at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main St. Carlisle residents vote at the Carlisle Town House, 66 Westford Rd.

For more information, go to the Minuteman High School website at or watch LWV Presents--Minuteman Tech HS Vote on CCTV.

LWVCC voter registration in Lowell

Cynthia Rainey and Judy Zaunbrecher staff a voter registration table in Lowell, MA on September 3.

Voter Registration Drives at Back to School Nights

Just moved into town and need to register to vote? Not sure you are registered to vote? The LWV of Concord-Carlisle is here to help! The LWV of Concord-Carlisle will have voter registration and information tables at Concord Public Schools and CCHS Back to School Nights. Stop by and register to vote. It only takes 59 seconds! The voter registration deadline for the November 8 general election is October 19.

Online Voters' Guide - Sept. 8 primary elections

To assist Concord voters as they go to the polls on Thursday, September 8 for state primary elections, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) has published an online Voters' Guide,, that features biographical information about all candidates in contested state primary races, as well as responses by those candidates to questions posed by the League.

The online guide will allow voters to access personalized ballot information simply by entering a street address. Voters will also be able to find in-depth information about candidates, voter registration, voting requirements and rules, and poll locations. LWVMA is bringing this digital platform to Massachusetts voters across the state for the first time for the September 8 primary; only those candidates who face a challenger in the primary election on September 8 have been asked to respond to this primary guide.

2016 is a Presidential election year - voter information

Learn how to register, get an absentee ballot, vote early (general election only), and vote at the Town Clerk pages for Carlisle or Concord.

The Massachusetts Secretary of State website has election information (ballot initiatives, state primary and general election races)and voting information (registration, including online registration, absentee ballot, early voting).

League of Women Voters election information

The League of Women Voters election information website,, is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:

Absentee ballot information
Ballot measure information (where applicable)
Early voting options (where applicable)
Election dates
Factual data on candidates in various federal, state and local races
General information on such topics as how to watch debates with a critical eye
ID requirements
Polling place locations
Registration deadlines
Voter qualifications
Voter registration forms
Voting machines
An important component of is the polling place locator, which enables users to type in their address and retrieve the poll location for the voting precinct in which that address is located. The League has found that this is among the most sought after information in the immediate days leading up to, and on, Election Day.