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Northampton Charter Panel Finalizing Recommendations

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A committee has recommended several changes to the city charter in Northampton, Massachusetts that if adopted would dramatically impact who is eligible to vote in future municipal elections.

The Northampton Charter Review Committee is expected to approve a final report later this month that will recommend lowering the municipal voting age to 16 and allow non-citizens to vote.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Stanley Moulton, the chair of the committee, about the group’s recommendations.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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