What are boards, commissions and committees?

Brookline has many boards, commissions, and committees that help advise and run the Town. Membership of the committees are chosen by different groups in Town, most frequently the Select Board. Some boards, commissions, and committees discuss issues and make recommendations to the Select Board, while others can act independently. Boards, commissions, and committees impact every part of Town government, and are a great place to become involved if you do not want to run for office. If you’re interested in joining a board, commission, or committee, you should reach out to the appointing body, or to the committee Chair for information.

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1. Who can register to vote and how old do I need to be?
2. When do we have elections? What type of elections do we have? Do I need to register for regional, state and federal elections at a time or just once for all of them?
3. Why is it important for me to vote?
4. What’s the difference between a City and a Town?
5. Who can run for government in Brookline? How can I participate in government in Brookline?
6. What are boards, commissions and committees?
7. How old do I have to be to participate in boards, commissions and government meetings in Brookline?
8. What is Town Meeting? What are Town Meeting Members? What does a Town Meeting Member do? Who are the Town Meeting Members in Brookline? In which Precinct are they located? Can I contact them?
9. How old do I have to be to run to be a town meeting member in Brookline? Can anyone apply? How can I apply to be a town meeting member? How can I participate in Town Meeting?
10. Can 16- or 17-year-old residents vote or run for government?
11. What’s a Precinct? What’s a Majority-Minority Precinct?