Making Democracy Work

Because democracy is not a spectator sport

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.

League Friday Forum: "The Teardown Next Door"

Friday, February 12, 9:30 a.m.
Needham Public Library

How does Needham's zoning by-law currently regulate teardowns and new construction? What other state and local regulations govern demolition and rebuilding? What rights do neighbors have in the demolition and construction permitting process?

Speakers include Lee Newman, Needham Planning Director, and David Roche, Needham Building Commissioner. A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

The forum is free and open to the public. See the flyer for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: Third Annual Civics Bee

Civics Bee 2016  logoThe League of Women Voters of Needham, the Library Foundation of Needham and the Needham Public Schools are co-sponsoring the Third Annual Civics Bee on Sunday March 6, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the Broadmeadow School.

Teams of Needham High School students and all community members are encouraged to participate. This friendly competition is free to the community and encourages civic knowledge and engagement with questions on local, state, and federal government. Come for the fun and stay for the door prizes!

Registration is being taken online only.

Click here to access the registration page where you can register your team or provide your contact information to join a team.

See the flyer here or see the Civics Bee page for more information.

It's Election Time in Needham--Get Involved in Town Government!

Interested in running for Town Meeting but not sure where to start? Find out about how the town runs and why it needs you to help shape its future. The League of Women Voters of Needham, in collaboration with the Needham Channel, has produced a 30-minute program called Needham Town Meeting: Making Your Voice Count. It covers what Town Meeting does and how to run to become a Town Meeting Member.

Thinking of serving on one of Needham's elected boards, committees, or commissions? Needham has ten elected boards, and all ten will have positions on the April 12 ballot. To help residents learn more about each of the elected boards, roles and responsibilities, terms of office, etc., the League and the Needham Channel have produced Needham's Elected Boards. Members from the ten elected boards provide insight into each board and the volunteer positions that keep the town running.

Nomination Papers for Town-wide Offices and Town Meeting Members will be available in the Town Clerk's Office beginning January 4, for the Annual Town Election to be held on Tuesday, April 12. Candidates for Town-wide Offices must obtain at least 50 valid signatures of registered voters town wide and new Town Meeting Member candidates must obtain at least 10 valid signatures of registered voters in their precinct.

See a comprehensive article at the Needham Times website.

Visit the Town Clerk's website or call 781-455-7500 for more information or with any questions.