LETTER: League Removes Voting Information Temporarily; Hosting Framingham Forum Saturday

The following is a press release submitted by the League of Women Voters Framingham Chapter.

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FRAMINGHAM – The National League of Women Voters manages a program called VOTE411 that Framingham candidates have been given an opportunity to participate in. You can view information on this program at VOTE411.org.

Enter your address to find your polling place and much more.  With this voters’ guide you can see the races on your ballot, compare candidates’ positions side-by-side, and print out a ballot indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.

We would like to clarify the information about Framingham’s participation in the VOTE411 program.

Because of an issue with the program, candidates were given different limitations on the number of characters they had to respond to a question. Some were allowed 100 characters, and some were allowed 1,000 characters. Those limitations were incorrect and all candidates should have been allowed the exact same number of characters. In order to be fair to all candidates, we temporarily removed access to the information for Framingham until all candidates have been given the exact same limitations.

All candidates received an email from the MA LWV explaining this which clearly gave the reason for this information being taken down.

Framingham League of Women Voters President, Stephanie Deeley states “This was not in any way an action we took because of requests from candidates. As I am sure everyone will agree, all candidates should have equal access and that was the reason for our action. We hope to have this available for Framingham residents to use soon.”

If you have any questions regarding the VOTE411 program in Framingham, or any questions at all related to the Framingham LWV, please contact the Framingham Unit of the League of Women Voters directly at sdeeley01701@gmail.com

We would also like to remind you about our Candidate Showcase taking place on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Nevins Hall at the Memorial Building, 150 Concord Street. District Council candidates will have an opportunity to introduce themselves, followed by question and answer sessions with all candidates for the At-Large City Council and Mayoral positions.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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