LWVCT is proud to work with the Secretary of State's Office to provide a link to online voter registration.
LWVCT ADVOCACY 2019
LWVCT 2019 Legislative Priorities are: Election Laws; Campaign Finance and Open Government and Ethics, including citizens' right to know and public access to government information.
DEFEND THE CITIZENS ELECTION PROGRAM (CEP)
Legislative update: SB641 was not brought up for a vote in the House. CEP remains unchanged as of now.
The League of Women Voters in CT, Common Cause in CT and CT Citizen Action Group Defend Citizens’ Election Program from Political Attacks
The League of Women Voters in CT, Common Cause in CT and CT Citizen Action group call on the House of Representatives and the Governor to discard the 11th hour on June 4 attack on the integrity of the Citizens’ Election Program.
For full statement: lwvct_ccag_ccct_june_5_2019.pdf
Why CEP is a successful campaign finance program:
Call to Action on HB7160 - Increasing Voter Access and Bottle Bill HB 7294 Update
Time to take ACTION today! Good news! HB 7160 An Act Increasing Voter Access passed the House! The bill does not include all of the language we've been pushing for, but it does include some important changes including codifying automatic voter registration and including additional state agencies and allowing people on parole to vote. It is a step in the right direction.
However, we are still waiting for the Bottle Bill to come up for a vote. Keep advocating!
Use the information provided and call your state representatives as soon as possible.
LWVCT PRIORITY ISSUES ACTION CALL
The LWVCT Board established four priority areas for our legislative work this session - Election Laws, Campaign Finance, Open Government/transparency, and the Bottle Bill. Six days remain in this session, beginning May 28.
Here is a summary of the bills our Legislative Specialists Yvonne Senturia, Pam Klem, Pua Ford, and Kathy Golas have been following.
Early Voting Update
While Early Voting failed to get the 75% needed in the CT Senate to get it on the ballot for 2020, we will continue to encourage the General Assembly to pass it. The legislature needs to adopt a resolution by a simple majority of more than 50% in both the House and Senate in two successive legislative terms, which are two years each.
As we will need many of the same legislators to support Early Voting when it comes before them again, we urge you to THANK your legislators if they supported it this year. It is important that they know you appreciate their vote.
If they did not vote for it, please talk to them and let them know you hope they will support it in the next bill.
Help us pave the way for a successful majority support to get Early Voting on the ballot!
For Additional Details on Early Voting: Early Voting Background Information
SPECIAL THANKS to the "Food Matters!" forum Panelists who provided us with insight into how food impacts our world and what we can start to do to reduce waste and combat hunger.
David Donaldson, Program Manager, Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Samuel King, Director of Development, Blue Earth Compost
Bernie Beaudreau, CEO, Connecticut Food Bank
Ellen Graham, Aide to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal
Nancy Ruther, Principal, Gazelle International
REDISTRICTING AND THE PERILS OF GERRYMANDERING FORUM
If you missed our forum on Redistricting, you can watch it here:
Voter information is what the League of Women Voters does best! We designed VoteCT.net to help both new and experienced voters in Connecticut find information for all elections. It includes information for upcoming elections, access to info on registering to vote, who the candidates are, voting by absentee ballots, voting at the polls, and working at the polls. All in one spot! votect.net
CEProud is a three year commitment (2016-2019) by LWVCT to raise awareness of the Citizens' Election Program - Connecticut's model program for publicly financed campaigns.
Campaign to increase voter participation in Elections
The League of Women Voters of CT encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.