Making Democracy Work

Voter Education

We make voting easier through varied voter education programs.

Local Level

Each year, the LWV-Needham Voter Service Committee sponsors:
  • Candidates' Night for the local town election in April,
  • The Needham Times Voter's Guide to the local election,
  • Rides to the polls for the local town election in April,
  • Warrant Meetings for Town Meeting members and citizens,

in addition to other forums that the League feels the community will benefit from.

State and National Level

The Lotte E. Scharfman Memorial Citizen Education Fund was established as an educational trust in 1971 by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. It is a nonpartisan not-for-profit fund that supports voter education. Its mission is to encourage informed and active citizen participation in government through citizen education and voter service projects. It serves the public, both individuals and organizations, by providing advice and training on how to make government responsive and accessible.

The League of Women Voters Citizen Education Fund is a public education and charitable trust under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Fund was established in memory of a League president who died in 1970 on her forty-second birthday. Lotte was a refugee from Hitler's Germany who devoted her life to working for the democratic process and to helping citizens gain access to government. She is widely credited with coining the phrase, "Democracy is not a spectator sport."