The League of Women Voters & the Town Meeting Coordinating Committee present the annual Amherst Town Meeting Warrant Review.
The legislative body of the Town of Amherst is a Representative Town Meeting, consisting of 240 elected Town Meeting members, 24 from each of 10 precincts plus 14 ex officio members: the 5 members of the Select Board, the 5 members of the School Committee, the President of the Library Trustees, the Chair of the Finance Committee, the Moderator, and the Town Manager. The Annual Town Meeting usually begins in late April or early May.
The National League of Women Voters was established in February 1920, six months before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, which gave women the right to vote following a 70 year struggle. In 1939 the League of Women Voters of Amherst was founded. League members study issues of local, state, and national significance and establish positions through member participation and agreement through consensus. Official League action comes after members agree on a position. The League may act by providing information to the public, obtaining public support for a position, lobbying, initiating legislation, or participating in court action.
The League of Women Voters promotes political responsibility through its Voters Service and Citizen Education activities. Members register voters, organize candidates’ forums, publish voting guides and disseminate general information on the legislative process and the function of government on the local, state, and national levels. The League supports positions but never supports a candidate or political party. Members are, however, urged to work as individuals in partisan activities.