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Your Right to Vote - Upcoming Elections in Massachusetts

 

We are approaching state-wide elections and the information below is provided to help you get engaged!


The day after Labor Day - Tuesday, September 4 - Massachusetts will hold Primary Elections, where each party votes for and elects the candidates that will represent them in the November General Elections. The deadline to register to vote in the September 4 Primaries is Wednesday, August 15

 

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 along with races for Congress, we will cast ballots for Governor, state-wide constitutional officers and local State House representation (State Representative and State Senator). The deadline to register to vote in the November 6 General Election is Wednesday, October 17.

 

If you are not registered to vote, and have a Massachusetts driver’s license, click here to register to vote online — or visit the Secretary of State’s webpage at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ for complete voter registration information, including downloadable voter registration forms in English, Spanish, Chinese, Khmer, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Russian, and Vietnamese.

 

Absentee ballots have arrived in town halls and city halls across the state, so you can both request an absentee ballot and vote in the primary — all in one visit to Town Clerk’s office (in Boston this is at City Hall). This is a good option for people who know they will be out of town on September 4, including college students who have moved away from home, but who are still registered voters in Massachusetts. Absentee ballots may be requested at the Town Clerk’s office during normal business hours, and must be returned by mail or submitted in person by 5pm on Friday, August 31, 2018.

 

Thank you!


Advocacy

 

In addition to the housing, shelter, outreach and job training programs and services provided by Pine Street Inn, we also work at a policy level focusing on policies that will help bring positive change to the lives of homeless men and women.

Pine Street Inn is only able to do the work it does because of its partnership with city, state and federal government. Elected and government officials are the drivers of both funding and policy which provide key resources to both homeless individuals and the agencies that serve them. 

Pine Street Inn receives close to 60% of its funding from the government. Through our Government Relations department, we work to maintain a productive relationship with those government funders and policymakers so that we can maximize their support.

As a part of Pine Street’s efforts to contribute to and help shape those critical funding and policy decisions, we engage in the following activities:

Education and advocacy of housing and homelessness issues with elected officials as well as the community at large
 
Participation in policy-setting statewide commissions, councils, task forces and coalitions whose focus is housing and services to homeless and low-income people
  • Member, Coalition for Homeless Individuals
  • Commission to End Homelessness
  • Member, CHAPA (Citizens Housing and Planning Assoc.)
  • Member, MHSA (Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Assoc.)
  • Member, National Low Income Housing Coalition
  • Member, National Coalition for the Homeless
  • Member, National Coalition to End Homelessness
 
Organizing around specific issues pertinent to Pine Street's mission and the bigger issue of homelessness
  • Work closely with community groups to support issues of importance to Pine Street Inn
  • Work with friends of Pine Street to advocate with legislators regarding budget and policy issues of importance to
    Pine Street and the homeless men and women we serve 
 
Voter registration and education
  • In 2004 Pine Street created a state-wide coalition which joined with a nationwide event to register homeless people to vote
  • In 2008 Pine Street participated in a national effort to register homeless and low-income people to vote
  • Ongoing efforts to register homeless men and women to vote throughout the year