Americans have a superpower: voting. Voting is the most constructive mechanism our democracy has for self-improvement.
For both public health and election integrity, right now is the time to plan for a safe election in November. Precautions will certainly be taken at in-person polling sites, but for many of us the risks are too great. The danger and uncertainty posed by COVID-19 demand the mailing of applications for no-excuse absentee ballots, and careful preparation must begin immediately.
Join the League of Women Voters of New Canaan in asking Governor Lamont to:
(1) Call a Legislative Special Session ASAP
(2) Allow no-excuse absentee voting for November during this public health emergency
(3) Begin November election preparations immediately.
We cannot delay. If we start right now, all citizens can have safe access to voting—safe for our health, safe for election integrity.
Call Governor Lamont at (860) 566-4840 or (800) 406-1527 or email him here. Ask him to take immediate action to ensure safe and immediate planning for no-excuse absentee voting in November.
ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR LETTER BY CLICKING HERE!
Connecticut’s Primary has been reschedule along with the Presidential Primary to Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 🗳
The League of Women Voters of Connecticut believes all CT citizens deserve easy and safe access to the elections that will not jeopardize their health. We urge the Governor to issue an executive order that would eliminate restrictive language in the statutes during this emergency, and we need your help!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:• READ our letter to the editor – included below in its entirety – which we submitted to publications across the state:
Election accessibility requires Governor Lamont’s immediate attention.
The League of Women Voters of New Canaan believes that no-excuse absentee ballots will make participation in upcoming elections easier during these extraordinary times. All citizens deserve safe access to elections.
Join us in calling on Governor Lamont to issue an executive order (1) eliminating restrictive language in the statutes pertaining to absentee ballots and (2) simplifying the process for obtaining absentee ballots during this public health emergency. Today, for instance, while the application for an absentee ballot is available online, it must be printed on legal-sized paper (8 ½” x 14″) to be valid.
We cannot delay. Call Governor Lamont at (860) 566-4840 or (800) 406-1527 or email him HERE. Ask him to take immediate action to ensure safe voting options for Connecticut’s upcoming Primary and Presidential Elections.
Please sign our group letter by going to our website.
League of Women Voters of New Canaan
SIGN THE PETITION BY CLICKING HERE! YOU’VE SIGNED THE LETTER AND SHARED THE LINK WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW. WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?• CLICK HERE to send your own letter to the Governor urging him to take this action.
• ENCOURAGE your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same, as individual constituents.
• TALK to your town’s election officials about the best ways to make this possible.
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**Please note that the League of Women Voters of New Canaan is not asking for monetary donations toward this petition. Change.org does ask for funding to help in their mission, but that money does not go toward the League nor their work to provide safe voting during COVID-19. We are not asking you to donate at this time. Should you wish to donate to us, you may do so here. Thank you for your support!
It’s 2020 and we have LOTS to do! LWVCT is where you want to be. Passionate about issues? Take action today!
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1. Join the Public Issues Team: Let us know what your passion issue is and join the team. We will be monitoring legislation, writing testimony and advocating on League issues. Send an email and share your issue passion with Judy Lhamon, Public Issues VP.
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Join the Voter Engagement Team: Help with the CT VOTES! Campaign to increase voter registrations, distribute more voting information and encourage ALL voters to Get out and Vote in 2020. The Presidential Primary is coming up fast, so join the team by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and get ready to make it happen.
Want to use your creativity to celebrate 100 years of LWV?
Use those creative talents you have by helping LWVCT create an exhibit that recognizes the accomplishments of the League for the 100th anniversary. LWVCT Board member Joanne Moore has been combing through the League archives and has great plans for the exhibit. She would love to involve other Leaguers in this endeavor, so send an email to email@example.com and get your creative juices flowing for the 100th.
Image Description: Left to right, Amy Bradach (Know Your Reps Editor), Chris Chivily (Bankwell EVP, Chief Risk & Credit Officer), Miki Porta (LWVNC president). Photo: Lucy French.
Our 2019 Edition of Know Your Reps is live – you can find it here!
Thursday, May 3, 2018
New Canaan High School Wagner Room – 7:00 pm
An expert panel led by Craig Canapari, MD, Director of Yale Pediatric Sleep Center, will explain the short- and long-term effects of limited sleep on adolescent physical and mental health, the importance of school start times, and strategies for controlling and optimizing teen sleep.
Following Dr. Canapari’s keynote presentation, local pediatrician William Flynn, MD, of New Canaan Pediatrics will speak about what he sees in his own practice. Dr. Flynn, much loved by generations of New Canaan families, treats infants through teens from New Canaan, as well as from neighboring towns like Wilton, which changed to a later start time in 2003, and Greenwich, which changed in 2017. Tracey Masella, LCSW, from Silver Hill Hospital will describe the link between sleep and anxiety.
In 2006, the League of Women Voters of New Canaan conducted its own study on the subject, and ultimately advocated for a later start time for NCPS 7th-12th grades. The cause and position, more recently and vigorously revived by a grassroots group called Start School Later New Canaan, reflects growing local concern of the negative, long-term effects of sleep deprivation in teens. The LWVNC and Start School Later New Canaan are co-sponsoring this event, which is free and open to the public.
Wednesday , March 28th at New Canaan Town Hall Meeting room
Morning session: 10.00am to 11.00am
Evening session: 7.00pm to 8.00pm
New Canaan has tough decisions to make every day, decisions that affect our schools and neighbors, property values and downtown. While the results of local political decisions are often immediate, our elected and appointed public servants work within a framework that few of us fully understand. Join us for a clear, concise presentation that breaks down how things get done in New Canaan and how we all can be involved. Attend a daytime or evening session to learn about:
This program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New Canaan, a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
Here is a link to the half-hour presentation (courtesy Channel 79):
Our Town Government 3-28-18