Every vote is critical. Vote on Tuesday, November 8th, 6am-8pm at Weston Middle School. It is a precious gift to be able to participate in a democracy. Every election is important – whether nationally or locally – maybe non more important than this one. Truly every vote really matters—Ceci Maher is in a tight race with Toni Boucher for State Senate to take Will Haskell’s seat and there is an important referendum on the ballot this year (see below).
Early Voting Referendum–Vote YES!
There is a referendum on the ballot to give the General Assembly the ability to create/pass legislation to allow for early in-person voting. The ballot question will ask: “Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit the General Assembly to provide for early voting?” You’ll see it on the top right corner of the ballot. Here’s what it’s about:
- Connecticut is one of only four states that do not permit any early in-person voting. (Yes, only four. The other three States are Mississippi, Alabama and New Hampshire).
- Connecticut is an outlier. Why? Because, unlike most other States, our voting rules are in our State Constitution. That makes them hard to change even when they are outdated and no longer serve us.
- In 2021, the Connecticut legislature agreed, in a bi-partisan vote, to put the Early Voting Referendum on the November Ballot.
- The ONLY thing the Referendum is asking you to decide is: Do you agree with the idea of amending the Connecticut Constitution to allow for early in-person voting? If you do, then vote YES.
- If the Referendum passes, then the legislature will decide what early in-person voting will look like. They will decide how many days of early in-person voting to allow and the mechanics of how it will happen.
- Remember that voting only on election day is not easy for everyone—especially people who work a full day, work multiple jobs or have jobs that make it difficult to take off time; working parents, caregivers, older and disabled voters.
REMEMBER: WHEN WE VOTE, WE WIN.