Friday, May 17, 2019

In the News: Party for the Pantry a success; early voting proposed for MA 2020 Presidential Primary

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The fourth annual Party for the Pantry was a success once again, even more so than last year. 
Last week, more than 100 residents packed into the Black Box Theater to support the Franklin Food Pantry, as well as to party with local bands and neighbors all night long. 
William Donovan, one of the event organizers, said they crushed their expectations for this year. 
“Last year was the first year we hit $10,000, so every year we feel like we have to better ourselves,” he said. “This year we took in $13,600. Now I’m thinking about how we’re going to top it next year.”

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Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry

Early voting proposed for MA 2020 Presidential Primary
"Ten months before the 2020 Massachusetts presidential primary, Secretary of State William Galvin is trying to force lawmakers to decide whether to expand early voting and give voters five extra days beginning in February cast their ballots. 
Galvin, who has previously backed an expansion of early voting to include the presidential primary election, drafted a proposal that Sen. Michael Brady, of Brockton, has filed as an amendment to the state budget. 
If adopted when the Senate debates its version of the fiscal 2020 spending bill next week, the question of early voting in the 2020 primary will move into conference committee negotiations between the House and Senate. 
“Early voting has been enormously popular in Massachusetts since we began offering it in 2016,” Galvin said in a statement Thursday. “Expanding early voting to include the Presidential Primaries will make it much more convenient for voters to show up and have their voices heard.”
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