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Calls to Action Regarding Absentee Voting During the COVID-19 Emergency

May 21, 2020: LEGISLATURE NEEDS TO MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION - Call/Email your Legislators!

Pop art image of Rosy the Riveter with Mask and word bubble saying Tell your legislators and our Governor we need safe voting!

In light of Governor Lamont’s Executive Order Safe Voting During the Statewide Primary, which extends the right to vote by absentee ballot in the August 11th Primary for fear of “sickness of COVID-19”, the Legislature needs to meet soon - preferably in June.

The Legislature needs to extend Safe Voting During the Statewide Primary into Safe Voting During the November 3rd, 2020 Election by legislative action, not just executive order. Since no federally approved COVID-19 vaccine could be widely available by November 3, the legislature needs to affirm the use of absentee ballots by voters who fear bad health outcomes if voting in-person. 
 
 

Voters’ health and our democracy demand no less.

What YOU can do today:
1: Call, write, or speak directly with your Senator and House member about our need for them to meet in a special session. Not sure who represents you? CLICK HERE to find out.
2: Call, write, or speak directly to the Governor about calling the legislature into special session -preferably in June. And please THANK GOVERNOR LAMONT for issuing the executive order to protect our health and our right to vote in the August Primary elections. CLICK HERE to send an email.

 

May 5, 2020: Send a letter to Governor Lamont and your CT Senator and Representative

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 or risk their livelihood. For many voters, mail-in voting will be their only choice. In Connecticut in 2020, this means voting by absentee ballot.

We urge the Governor to issue an executive order that eliminates current restrictive language in the absentee ballot statutes during this emergency.
We also urge the Governor to call the General Assembly into Special Session to provide the legal authority to eliminate this restrictive language during the entire 2020 election season.
 

Voters should NOT have to choose between their health and their right to vote.

What YOU can do:
1: CLICK HERE  to email the Governor and urge him to 1) issue an executive order that eliminates current restrictive language in the absentee ballot statutes during this emergency, and 2) call the General Assembly into Special Session to provide the legal authority to eliminate this restrictive language during the entire 2020 election season.
2: Send a message to your State Senator and Representative urging them to pass legislation permitting any eligible voter to use an absentee ballot in 2020 elections for any reason. Not sure who represents you? CLICK HERE to find out.

 

March 25, 2020 Call to Action:

Email Governor Lamont

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.  Please join us to urge the Governor to issue an executive order that would eliminate restrictive language in the statutes to allow Absentee Voting during the COVID-19 emergency.

What YOU can do:
1: CLICK HERE  to send a letter to the Governor urging him to issue an executive order to eliminate restrictive language to allow absentee voting during this emergency.
2: Encourage friends and family across the state to do the same, as individual constituents.
3: Talk to your town's election officials about the best ways to make this possible.
 

Resources available:
League Urges Chairs of DNC and RNC to Push for Flexibility in Upcoming Primary Elections
Coronavirus and State Legislatures in the News

LWVCT 2020 Legislative Priority Issues

    
  • Protecting Voter Rights & Expanding Voter Access
  • Campaign Finance Reform & Money in Politics
  • Open and Transparent Government (including citizens’ right to know and public access to government information).
  • Environmental Stewardship

Click HERE for all LWVCT testimony in support of our 2020 Legislative Priorities

Video: Advocacy 101 Workshop January 26, 2020

The League of Women Voters of Connecticut has a Public Issues Team of specialists on several topics, mostly related to Government & Election Law. We depend on our members and friends to back up our positions when necessary by reaching out to their own legislators when the time comes to push for particular bills. LWVCT holds an annual orientation and training day for PI Team members, with remarks from staff of legislature and administration. League members and allies are invited to attend. For those with day jobs, we offer this video segment of the 3+ hour Advocacy Day 2020.

Lobby Day 1

Picture from Lobby Day 2019 with LWVCT Lobbyists Judy Blei and Mary Grace Peak and League members wait to speak to legislators about Early Voting

 

 

 

The 2019 Legislative Priority Issues

  • Election Laws
  • Campaign Finance
  • Open Government (including citizens’ right to know and public access to government information).

LWVCT PRIORITY ISSUES ACTION CALLS:

  • Automatic Voter Registration
  • Early Voting
  • Bottle Bill
  • Citizens Election Program (CEP)

Click HERE for complete updates and information about the 2019 Legislative Priorities and Calls to Action

Past Successful Advocacy Efforts

National Popular Vote (NPV): Passed in Connecticut on May 5, 2018

2018: LWVCT and the National Popular Vote in Connecticut

Election Integrity

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