The Leagues of Women Voters of Darien and New Canaan and Darien Library welcomed Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill on Thursday, April 29, 2021 to discuss how our state facilitates voter access and protects election integrity—before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.
What are the reasons for our existing rules? How did we manage the increase in absentee ballots in our last election? Why should voters trust our system? Secretary Merrill will take us through the different processes, and close with an update on two proposed joint resolutions under consideration in our Legislature that seek to permanently expand access to voting in Connecticut.
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Beginning September 18, the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society and NCTV Channel 79 began presenting “Women Leaders of New Canaan: Celebrating the Legacy of the 19th Amendment” in honor of the centennial of women’s right to vote. This was sponsored in part by the League of Women Voters of New Canaan.
4th congressional district
Jim Himes and Jonathan Riddle
Sunday, October 18th, 4pm
Watch the recording here.
lwvnc 2020 candidates debate
Lucy Dathan and Fred Wilms
Will Haskell and Kim Healy
Ryan Fazio and Alex Kasser
Monday, October 19th, 7pm
Watch the recording here.
Following the policy of the National League of Women Voters, the New Canaan chapter will host the 2020 debate for contested State seats only. The LWV Policy follows the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) requirement that a “debate must include at least two candidates.” Additionally, the FCC Regulations forbid the broadcast of any event with empty chair debates. The FCC’s rationale is that an empty chair debate would give one candidate an opportunity to promote his/her campaign, conferring a real benefit on that candidate which could be interpreted as improper electioneering activity. Debates will be held for State Senate 36th District (Voting District 1), featuring candidates Ryan Fazio (R) and Alex Kasser (D); State Senate 26th District (Voting Districts 2 & 3) featuring Will Haskell (D) and Kim Healy (R); and State Assembly 142nd District (Voting District 3) featuring Lucy Dathan (D) and Fred Wilms (R). For State Assembly 125th District (Voting Districts 1 & 2), Tom O’Dea (R) is uncontested.
Photo: L to R, NCHS teachers Paul Phillips, who advises Model UN, and Amy Rothschild, who advises Model Congress, were trained in the case method at Harvard in 2019; Micaela Porta, LWVNC President. Credit: Chase Pellegrini de Paur.
The Harvard Case Method Civics Program uses case method teaching to deepen high school students' understanding of American democracy.
Based on the highly successful experience of Harvard Business School and others that use case-based teaching, the case method presents a highly effective means of reversing the decline in civic education and engagement in the United States. As part of its mission to expand civic awareness and participation of young voters, the LWVNC initiated this program in partnership with New Canaan High School.
The national media have also pointed to the advantages of this method for engaging students. A Better Way To Teach History.
Project cases are based on those outlined in Harvard Business School Professor David Moss's recent book, Democracy: A Case Study. Click here to watch Professor David A. Moss discuss his book, Democracy: A Case Study.
Click Here for access to the Harvard Case Method Project website.
Don't just take our word for it, hear it straight from a member! Krista Neilson tells us, "Having worked in municipal governments around the country, I know, first-hand, how much electing leaders impacts our daily lives. Democracy is a full contact sport and requires a commitment and effort on all of our parts; the League of Women Voters gives people the equipment they need to play. Through the League, I am engaging and empowering people to make a difference in our community by educating and encouraging them to vote."
We've been hard at work registering voters and making sure residents in town have access to voting information. Have you seen any of our tables around town? Last week, we set up shop outside of the New Canaan Library with lots of educational materials including our New Canaan Votes! poster, and our President Micaela Porta even made it on the news!
We're taking any and all questions in person, but we're also here to answer your questions online. Just submit your questions here, and we will get back to you with an answer as soon as we are able!
The 2020 edition of our Voters Guide is in mailboxes and live! The Voters Guide is an annual initiative by the League of Women Voters of New Canaan to provide timely, unbiased information about candidates ahead of each election. Check out the candidates responses as they tell us:
1. How they feel CT should balance economic development and health/safety in response to COVID-19;
2. The three things that need to happen for CT's economic expansion and what would they would do to facilitate that;
3. Two social issues that they expect to address in the state legislature in the next two years and what their positions are;
4. What committees have they been involved in as a legislator, or what committees would they plan to serve on; and what have they accomplished and/or do they plan to accomplish in such roles;
5. Write up to two questions they think voters should be asking General Assembly candidates and state their position on those issues; and
6. A video response: Voter apathy is highest in the 18-35 age bracket. What message do they have for those voters that will inspire them to go to the polls and vote?