Election 2012 is history. Voter turnout in Brookline was higher than 2008, even with fewer registered voters. Citizen participation in the electoral process is crucial to the health of our democracy, and Brookline has again demonstrated its commitment to that ideal.
The League of Women Voters of Brookline is celebrating the end of its successful, far-reaching Brookline Votes 2012 Campaign. The goal was to provide nonpartisan voting and election information throughout Brookline in a variety of formats.
The centerpiece of our "Your Vote is Your Voice" Campaign was a one-stop, nonpartisan website with complete voting and election information (vote2012info.com). On Election Day, the website had over 32,000 views!
Our Campaign developed a Facebook page; conducted over 15 voter registration sessions, distributed displays, posters, and fliers, provided electronic election alert service, co-sponsored debate watches at Newbury College and Pine Major College, recruited BHS students to be poll workers, prepared public service announcements at BATV; and encouraged Coolidge Corner Theatre to put an Election Day reminder on their marquee.
Many people in Brookline were part of the League’s effort. They deserve thanks and recognition for their part to encourage voting. Here they are:
Elias Audy, Owner Cypress Automart
Dick Benka, Selectman
Justin Berke, President, Brookline Rotary Club
Dana Brigham, Owner and Store Manager, Brookline Booksmith
Melody Bushmich, Activities Coordinator, Goddard House
Betsy DeWitt, Selectman
Susan Wolk Ditkoff, School Committee
Patrick Dober, Executive Director, and Susan Barnette, Director of Applications, Brookline Housing Authority
Beth Gilligan, Associate Director of Development, Marketing & Outreach, Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation
Ken Goldstein, Selectman
Chobee Hoy, President, Chobee Hoy Real Estate Associates
Kathy Martinez, Director of Student Activities and Multicultural Student Engagement, and Jamica Love, Dean of Student Services and Community Engagement, Pine Manor College
Jesse Mermell, Selectman
PTOs, Lincoln and Lawrence Schools
Gary Shiffman, Social Studies Chair and Jennifer Blair, history & government teacher, BHS
Amy Shirley, Dean of Student Affairs, Newbury College
Grahame Turner, Editor, Brookline Patch
Harry Robinson, Executive Director, Brookline Chamber of Commerce
Rebecca Stone, School Committee
Pat Ward, Town Clerk, and Linda Golburgh, Assistant Town Clerk
Amy Weinberg, Social Action Committee, Temple Sinai
Peter Zawadzki, Executive Director, Andrea Kalsow, Community Relations Coordinator, and Ben Brown, Access Coordinator, BATV