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    Volunteers wanted for Somerville election task force

    Somerville is seeking volunteers to serve on a new task force that will explore how to expand democratic participation in the city. The seven-member Clean and Open Elections Task Force will review ways to increase voter involvement and promote “clean elections” in the city, including such options as public financing and expansion of early voting. Task force members must be city residents and have a demonstrated interest in democratic participation. Applications can be submitted through Aug. 22. Mayor Joe Curtatone will appoint five of the task force members — one of whom must be the chair of the city’s Ethics Commission — and the president of the Board of Aldermen will appoint one. The task force is expected to meet for six to eight months and then present findings and recommendations to the mayor and the Board of Aldermen by May 2018. For more information, contact Annie Connor, the city’s legislative liaison, at


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