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.
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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!
The League of Women Voters of New Canaan is delighted to announce that Patti Russo, Executive Director of the Campaign School (TCS) at Yale, will be speaking at its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Thursday, May 28th at the Country Club of New Canaan. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and founding of the League, Russo will talk about how women’s engagement and activism today has been impacted by the struggle for enfranchisement.
A dynamic speaker with deep experience in women’s advocacy, Russo is passionate about TCS Yale’s mission: To increase the number and influence of women in elected and appointed office in the United States and around the globe. TCS Yale is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral training program that has launched hundreds of women into the world of politics. It focuses on the common needs and experiences of political women, not on their differences as political partisans. TCS students have run for office, from School Board to the Presidency, and are advancing careers in public service from social work to Chief of Staff.
Stay tuned for details!
The Census is more than a head count. It’s how lawmakers decide how much money your community gets for critical services. Without a full count, your school’s lunch and special ed programs could get cut. Your fire department could buckle in the face of disaster. And you could see rollbacks in the vital healthcare services that the most vulnerable among us depend on. Hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake, nationwide. Will you help New Canaan get counted? It’s safe, it’s easy, and it matters. Learn more here.
🎉WHAT A NIGHT! We had so much fun dancing with you in celebration of 100 years of woman’s suffrage – thank you for joining us and helping to make Women Rock the Vote! such a success!
🎶 Can you believe the bands? They. Were. Awesome. We are so lucky the stage was graced by School of Rock New Canaan, Rock Paper Soul, and BAD DOG BUDDY. Be sure to catch them again, soon – these musicians are local treasures!
💃🏻 Last night would not have been possible without you – our members, guests, and elected and appointed officials – who braved the cold to come out and boogie. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
💛 We’d also like to acknowledge the hard work of our volunteers as well as the enormous support from Carriage Barn Arts Center, Newcanaanite.com, HTG Investment Advisors Inc., New Canaan Police Department, Walter Stewart’s Market and Stewarts Spirits, and last but hardly least the amazing Taco Tequila Taqueria 🚛 for the delicious food and drinks! You can find New Canaan family owned Taco Tequila just around the corner in Norwalk on Main Street.
📺 Stay tuned for more exciting 100 year programming – and please consider joining us on the League if you haven’t yet! All genders are welcome – and junior memberships are available here.
🗳 Finally, suffrage is a most simple but most special American right. Please, do not forget to vote in EVERY election. There *is* a primary on the 28th of April in Connecticut!
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It’s 2020 and we have LOTS to do! LWVCT is where you want to be. Passionate about issues? Take action today!
We need your help to take action on LWVCT issues. What we need:
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.
2. Be a 10 Minute Activist: Click here and sign up today!
Want to see a big turnout for 2020 Elections?
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.