Town Meetings are a common form of town legislature in New England, and they’re also a working example of direct democracy. In this podcast, Steve Revilak talks about the ins and outs of Massachusetts town meetings. The first half covers town meeting as an institution, and the logistics of getting elected: pulling nomination papers, gathering signatures, and campaigning. The second half covers the mechanics of how town meetings are run: the moderator, the warrant, motions, substitute motions, and parliamentary procedure.
Steve’s talk was recorded at the Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA on Nov 12th, 2016. It’s part of the Massachusetts Pirate Party’s Run Local in 2017 campaign.
You can listen below, or download the podcast from the Internet Archive.
Are you interested in local office in 2017 — town meeting, city council, board of alderman, or school committee? Do you have a civic engagement itch that you’d like to scratch? Drop us a line at info(AT)masspirates.org and we’ll do what we can to help you get started!