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.
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and local Leagues were active players in the "Election Modernization Coalition," which advocated for, and got, the early voting program for this and future biennial state elections, held in November of even-numbered years. The Election Modernization law was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2014.
This 2016 election gave Massachusetts voters their first opportunity to Early Vote, and the response was overwhelming in Needham.
Early Voting in Needham
During the 10 days of Early Voting in Needham (October 24 - November 4, with one evening and one Saturday):
Needham voter turnout in 2014 and 2012
November 8, 2014: 13,411 (66%) (Governor and state offices, ballot questions)
November 6, 2012: 17,419 (85%) (President and state offices, ballot questions)
Sources: Needham Times and Needham Town Report 2015 and 2013.