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Waltham groups say smarter voters make better citizens

Posted by Ralph Ranalli September 3, 2007 07:46 AM



With this year's mayoral election coming up Nov. 6, the Waltham League of Women Voters and the Waltham Alliance to Create Housing are making a push to educate local residents about voting and the election process.

WATCH Director of Organizing Darline Jeanniton said recently the goal is to make sure everyone realizes what an important stake they have in local ballots elections -- not just presidential elections. Jeanniton said the groups also want to reach out to naturalized citizens and native-born citizens who don't vote.

The two groups will present an educational program on Sept. 13 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Brook Learning Center, which is located at 22 Brookway Road off of Lexington Street. Light refreshments will be available and door prizes will be awarded.

WATCH is also planning a voter registration drive during Historic Waltham Days, which run from September 14 to 23, and Jeanniton said there are also plans to reach out to local ethnic churches and community groups to talk to members about how to register to vote.

Officials are urging anyone seeking more information to contact Jeannitton at 781-891-6689, ext. 206.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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