It's Time to Get Out The Vote!

MassEquality News

October 17, 2018


November Election Registration Deadline is Today!

Wednesday, October 17th is the last day for Massachusetts residents to register to vote in the November 6th election or to update their voter registration information. There's only a few hours left to make sure you're ready to vote, and it only takes a few minutes.

Don't wait—visit NOW so you'll be able to vote Yes on 3 and elect more great LGBTQ champions to serve on Beacon Hill!


Help Us GOTV for Yes on 3!

Massachusetts: Get Out The Vote for YES ON 3 and uphold transgender protections.Since 2016, Massachusetts law has fully protected transgender people from discrimination in public spaces like restaurants, retail stores and medical offices. But now, Massachusetts will be the first state in the country forced to uphold these protections at the ballot box.

On November 6th, a YES vote on Question 3 is a vote to uphold dignity and respect for our transgender neighbors, friends, coworkers and customers. As a founding member of the Yes on 3 campaign, MassEquality supports and advocates for equality and fairness for transgender people. We want to make sure everyone knows about this ballot measure and turns out to vote Yes on 3 in just under 3 weeks. If you are interested in learning more, visit Yes on 3's website:

Ready to act in support of upholding the law? Here are 2 important things you can do right now:

1) Reach Out to Your Family and Friends

We all know this issue is important, but not enough people know it's even on the ballot. You can help by identifying supporters and building the list of voters the campaign can turn out to win by completing Voter Circle, a friend-to-friend outreach tool that lets anyone, anywhere contact members of their personal network who are registered voters in Massachusetts. All the instructions are here: Use this link to complete Voter Circle (takes about 15 minutes):

2) Get Out the Vote (GOTV)

The campaign is gearing up for “Get Out The Vote" efforts aimed at increasing voter turnout from November 3rd–6th. Sign up for a shift: 

Shifts are:

  • Saturday 11/3, Sunday 11/4, Monday 11/5: 10:00AM, 2:00PM, 6:00PM
  • Tuesday 11/6 (Election Day): 6:00AM, 9:00AM, 12:00PM, 3:00PM, 6:00PM 

Yes on 3 will also have 5 more GOTV Town Hall trainings to get volunteers ready for GOTV. Sign up for one: will be in the following locations: 

  • Sunday, October 21st, 3pm-5pm, Northampton
  • Wednesday, October 24th, 6pm-8pm, Boston
  • Saturday, October 27th, 4pm-6pm, Worcester
  • Saturday, October 27th, 4pm-6pm, Northampton
  • Sunday, October 28th, 11am-1pm, Boston

Please contact Yes on 3 Coalition Director, Krina Patel, at if you have any questions about any of these activities.


You Can Help Elect More LGBTQ Champions on November 6th

MassEquality PAC Endorsements for 2018Since 2004, the MassEquality PAC has consistently researched, interviewed and endorsed pro-equality candidates for both state and local offices, ensuring that these candidates have the platforms to advocate for equality for all members of the LGBTQ community.

The PAC has produced a guide to our endorsed LGBTQ champions for the 2018 Massachusetts elections. The guide has been updated to include the latest endorsed candidates running for office on November 6th in races across the Commonwealth.

Click the image on the left to download your own copy of the updated flyer (PDF, 2 pages) so you can print it out and take it with you to your voting location on Tuesday.

Please visit the MassEquality PAC web site to learn more about each of our endorsed candidates, find out how you can help us elect more LGBTQ champions to statewide office, and keep up to date with the latest LGBTQ election news!


MassEquality's Guide to Voting While LGBTQ+

A person drops a ballot into a slot on the top of a clear boxVoting is an important right in our democracy, and a powerful way to make your voice heard on critical issues. But many people are unaware that they might face barriers to voting at their polling place. For example, did you know that a poll worker could ask to see your ID even though Massachusetts doesn't have a Voter ID law on the books?

To learn what you can do to ensure your vote is counted, download MassEquality's guide for Voting While LGBTQ+. This one-page flyer will answer your basic questions about Massachusetts voting laws that affect LGBTQ people, particularly transgender and non-binary voters, and help you prepare to vote successfully in Tuesday's Primaries. Download the guide today, print it out, and take it with you to your polling place on November 6th!

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A person wearing blue jeans and red, white and blue shoes stands to the left of the letters O T E written in red chalk outlined in white on a sidewalkMA Election Dates to Remember:

Registration Deadline - Wednesday, October 17th

Early Voting is October 22nd - November 2nd

General Election - Tuesday, November 6th


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