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!
If you want to vote in the Democratic primary on April 28th, you must be a registered Democrat. (There will not be a Republican primary; generally, the incumbent’s party does not hold a primary.) If you are affiliated with another party (i.e. Republican, Independent, Green) and want to vote in the primary, you must change your affiliation by January 28th, though the Registrars recommend doing so before the 21st. If you are an unaffiliated voter, you may register as a Democrat at least 48 hours before the primary. You may change your registration online. For more info call the Registrars at (203) 594-3060 or visit them at Town Hall, 77 Main Street.
What will your “I Voted” sticker unlock in town this election day? Head into town after voting to find out! Local merchants in town are participating in our Second Annual Democracy Day Discount – learn about Democracy Discount Day and more by listening to the latest NewCanaanite.Com podcast, featuring our President Micaela Porta!
If you are a business interested in participating in Democracy Discount Day on November 5th, please send us an email.
The League of Women Voters is proud to host Democracy Discount Day alongside our partner, the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce.
It was a wonderful night of civic engagement at our annual Candidate Debate on Wednesday, October 23rd, when residents heard from the candidates of contested races in our upcoming municipal election. The debate was aired live to Channel 79, and will be replayed daily until the election on Tuesday, November 5th. Stay tuned for our Voters Guide!
Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall. VOTE TODAY if you will be away Nov 5th!
If you can’t make it to the Town Clerk’s office, you still have time to download an application for an absentee ballot, mail the application, receive your ballot, fill it out, and mail the completed ballot.
**Absentee ballots must arrive on election day.**
Be sure to remind your children who are away at school, and don’t forget stamps! Please contact the New Canaan Town Clerk’s office with any questions. See below for the link for an absentee ballot application.
New Canaan Town Clerk:
☎️ (203) 594-3070 📧 Claudia.Weber@newcanaanct.gov
📄 Absentee Ballot Application
🗳 Connecticut Secretary of the State’s Absentee Voting Information
Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7 PM in the New Canaan Town Hall Meeting Room for our annual Candidates Debate for the 2019 Municipal Election. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
If you are unable to submit your questions in advance online, we will be collecting handwritten questions before the debate begins, from 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm.
Questions – which are always anonymous – may be submitted online here, along with any questions you may have regarding the Candidate Debate.
Debate will be shown live on channel 79 and replayed in the days leading up to the election on Tuesday, November 5th.