Calls to Action During the COVID-19 Emergency
June 10, 2020: LEGISLATURE NEEDS TO MEET IN Specieal Session NOW to address Police Accountability, Voter Safety and Public Trust
These times demand ACTION of our duly elected legislators. Citizens can wait no longer for them to address the critical issues of police accountability, voter safety and public trust. The legislature must conduct the public’s important business in public—in a “special session” to be held NOW.
We therefore call on members of the LWVCT and the public to contact legislative leaders and their own elected representatives immediately to ask them to
- convene in special session right away;
- pass police accountability legislation;
- pass legislation that makes it legally permissible to use an absentee ballot for fear of sickness from COVID-19 in November 2020.
It is time for our legislators to stand up and be counted.
Let us be sure to stand behind and support those who do.
May 21, 2020: LEGISLATURE NEEDS TO MEET IN SPECIAL SESSION - Contact You Legislators!
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.
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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