City Library Hosts Ballot Question Program
Wednesday, October 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Central Library Community Room
What do gambling slots, marijuana, farm animals, and schools have in common? They’re all tied to important questions that will appear on the ballot when Massachusetts residents vote this November. To help voters understand what a “yes” or “no” vote means for each question, the Springfield City Library will be holding a “Slots, Pot, Veal, and Schools” event on October 12th from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Central Library at 220 State Street. Attendees can expect to hear from speakers on both sides of each issue and will have the opportunity to pose questions to the representatives. Attendees may also register to vote, check their registration status, and verify their polling place.
“At this time of year, voters are inundated with conflicting and sometimes confusing ads, postcards, and social media posts urging ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ votes on the ballot questions,” stated Jean Canosa Albano, Assistant Director for Public Services at the City Library. “To help them sort out what their votes mean, we’re bringing the supporters and opponents of the referenda right to Springfield residents, giving them a chance to ask questions and make up their minds.”
Among the groups sponsoring the event is The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. “Community collaborations are crucial to the work we do at the Women’s Fund,” said Women’s Fund Program Officer Ellen Moorhouse. “Partnering with the Springfield City Library to support such a unique educational event underscores the importance of remaining informed and engaged with local issues.”
Additional sponsors include the Library’s Civic & Community Engagement Team, the League of Women Voters/Springfield, and the Springfield Board of Elections.
The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts is a public foundation that connects donors with the lives of local women and girls through strategic grant making and leadership development. To learn more, visit womensfund.net.