Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
FM #601 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 601 in the series.
This shares my conversation with acting Town Clerk Nancy Danello. We used a conference bridge to review the timeline and other key matters for the Franklin local election scheduled for Nov 2, 2021.
We cover the following key topics
Candidate papers due Sep 14, Last day to withdraw Sep 30
Ballots got to print Oct 1, Ballots available (TBD but likely by the end of the week of Oct 4)
Early voting - (start TBD - depending upon ballots)
in Town Clerk’s office during normal business hours
Sat Oct 23, Sun Oct 24 - time to be confirmed
Absentee ballot applications available now
Election Day - Nov 2, 2021
The show notes include links to the Town Clerk page and other election information.
Our conversation runs about 19 minutes, so let’s listen in to my conversation with Nancy Danello. Audio File -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/c793b405-fe66-4ee5-a1f1-c74d2e398216
Town Clerk’s page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerk
Register to vote -> https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/
Franklin Matter’s election collection for 2021 -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/07/franklin-election-collection-2021.html
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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.
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|Acting Town Clerk with things to know about Nov 2, 2021|
2021 Housing Production Plan - Planning Board
Chambers at the Town Hall on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 7:10 PM to present the
final draft of the Town’s 2021 Housing Production Plan (HPP) for the Town of Franklin.
if you require further information or if you need to make arrangements to provide
translation services for the hearing impaired, or for persons with language barriers.
|2021 Housing Production Plan - Planning Board - Public Hearing - Sep 27|
Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd floor, Council Chambers, 355 East Central Street; 5:45 PM
|Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - Sep 15|
Boys Soccer = Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 0 – Final
Girls Soccer = Franklin, 2 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
Field Hockey = Franklin, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final
Volleyball = Franklin, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final
Golf = Franklin, 161 @ King Philip, 145 – Final
"Great match from KP who played a great round 145-161 final from Wentworth Steel 38; Tyler 39; Benny 40; Hags/ Caden /Caroline 44. Onto North Attleboro tomorrow #getirdone #rollpanthers " https://twitter.com/FHSGolfTeam/status/1437547879699263488
|FHS girls soccer, field hockey, and volleyball teams post wins on Monday|
Plus news from the District
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"Like most other municipalities, turnout in Boston in off years is pathetic: only 16.5 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Boston’s 2019 city council election. Secretary of State Bill Galvin is predicting turnout to be even lower than in 2013, despite Boston growing by 9 percent over the past decade. Turnout is not only low, but also racially skewed. Hispanic turnout was almost six times lower in the 2019 off-cycle election than in the 2020 presidential race. The share of Hispanic voters in the electorate was also 39 percent lower in 2019. Local elections determine control over public education – in a city where 43 percent of public school children are Hispanic, this loss of Hispanic voice in local government exacerbates existing racial disparities.
What accounts for the low turnout and racial disparities in local races? The problem is simple: Boston, like 80 percent of American cities, holds its local elections in odd-numbered years, or “off-cycle.” This practice dates back a century, when Progressive Era reformers believed that off-cycle elections would insulate local contests from national politics. In reality, however, this practice dramatically depresses turnout.
A recent issue brief released by policy action lab Policy for Progress explains why. Holding local elections off-cycle places an extra burden on voters by forcing them to know the date of their local election and take another trip to the polls. Without high-profile national races on the ballot, this added burden often means the difference between voting and staying home."
|"How do we solve this problem? There’s a simple fix: eliminate off-cycle elections"|
"The Franklin Lions will be holding their second annual drive thru Trunk or Treat. We all looking to fill the Franklin High School parking lot with Trunkers."
|Franklin Lions schedule "Reverse Trunk or Treat" - Oct 23, 2021|