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Census Day 2020

Have you responded? This year is the first time you can complete it in online. Go to 2020census.gov to do the census online today and make sure Connecticut is not undercounted.

Connecticut Counts! Census Day 2020
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LWV FOUNDING INFORMS OUR PRESENT

Our first President, Mabel Washburn's statement on League of Women Voters of Connecticut purpose in 1921.

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

We are the League of Women Voters!

The League of Women Voters mission is Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy.  For almost 100 years, we have been a champion for our Democracy and encouraged citizen engagement with their government.  

Our Mission: Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy
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LWVCT is honored with the CT Suffrage Centennial Award

Connecticut Suffrage Centennial award given to the League of Women Voters of Connecticut for outstanding contributions to voter participation, building a healthy and inclusive democracy, and advocating for women's equality.

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LWVCT and Candidates Debates

LWVCT partners on candidates debates to get election information to the public.

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Help us continue to offer opportunities for education on the important issues of the day and training on how to take action.

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LWVCT LOBBY DAY

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Connecticut

CT online voter registration

Did you know it's easy to register online to vote? LWVCT is proud to work with the Secretary of the State's Office to provide a link to online voter registration. Register here today!

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THE HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

 

 

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND CONNECTICUT

 

For up to date information on the Coronavirus in Connecticut, go to: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus 

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VOTE411, the one-stop voting shop that has empowered millions of voters, is now a hub for everything you need to know about voting during COVID-19 in English and Spanish.

 

LWVCT to Legislators: We Demand Transparency

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Click image above to read the full letter that LWVCT submitted to Connecticut Legislators demanding transparency and the protection of CT residents' right to participate in their government during this crisis.

 

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

Call to Action Regarding Absentee Voting during COVID-19 Emergency

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. CLICK HERE to view the LWVCT Letter to Governor Lamont

What can you 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

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The League of Women Voters of Connecticut seeks to make it easier for eligible voters to register and maintain their voter registration, to promote active citizenship, to build confidence in elections and government, and to move towards environmental sustainability.

Our 2020 Legislative Priorities: 

  • Election Laws that Protect Voters' Rights and Expand Voter Access
  • Campaign Finance and Citizens' Election Program
  • Open Government/Transparency
  • Environment
Read the LWVCT testimony in support of our 2020 Legislative Priority Areas:
House Bill 5278 AA Revising Certain Absentee Voting Statutes- LWVCT supports this bill and all measures which assure that absentee ballot privileges are available to all electors.
House Bill 5283 AAC Municipal Ethics - LWVCT supports this bill requiring all municipalities to adopt a code of ethics with certain minimum provisions.
House Bill 5404 AAC The Secretary of State and Ranked Choice Voting- the League supports the careful study of Ranked Choice Voting.
House Bill 5405 Concerning qualifying contributions under the Citizen's Election Progam - LWVCT supports this bill as it provides a technical fix allowing funds raised through the program to be returned to the contributor if a candidate does not end up qualifying for the program.
House Bill 5406  Statute Revisions - LWVCT supports this bill which would strengthen campaign finance transparency and accountability and improve voters’ access to information about who is funding campaign expenditures.
House Bill 5410 Changes to Campaign Finance Laws - The LWVCT supports HB 5410 and believes that transparent disclosure of the source and funding of political content targeted to voters will strengthen our elections and our democracy.
Senate Bill 5 Net Neutrality - LWVCT supports SB5
Senate Bill 233 AAC Elections- LWVCT supports restoring the electoral privileges of convicted felons who are on parole, improving the electoral process and maximizing voter participation.
Senate Bill 234 AAC Voter Privacy Protection- LWVCT supports this bill which decreases concerns about privacy of personal information that could lead people to be hesitant to register or vote.
Senate Bill 241 AAC Auditing of Election Day Registration- LWVCT OPPOSES this bill and believes that to disenfranchise a voter because their former town is unable to be reached or respond on the day of an election denies a prospective voter the right to vote.
Senate Bill 365 AAC Online Applications for Absentee Ballots -The League supports SB365, which allows any eligible elector to electronically request an absentee ballot through the Secretary of the State’s website.
Senate Bill 367 An Act Subjecting the Partnership for Connecticut, Inc. to the Freedom of Information Act and State Ethics Code -  LWVCT supports this bill as a measure to protect the citizen’s right to know and facilitate citizen participation in government decision making.
Senate Bill 368 AAC The Counting of Encarcerated Persons for Purposes of Determining Legislative Districts Testimony by Yvonne Senturia and Testimony by Laura Smits- The League supports this bill to end "prison-based gerrymandering" that would require incarcerated persons to be counted in the census as part of their home community, rather than the location where they are incarcerated.
Senate Joint Resolution15 Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the State Constitution to Permit Early Voting- LWVCT supports this joint resolution that would amend the state constitution to give the General Assembly authority to create an early voting system.

 

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Thank you for an evening of celebration and inspiration! 

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Left to right: Keynote speaker Judge Nancy Gertner (ret.), and Gala honorees, Indra K. Nooyi (Outstanding Woman in Business) and Juanita T. James (Outstanding Woman in Philanthropy).  Photo Credit: Bob Capazzo 

On February 22, 2020, the League of Women Voters of Connecticut hosted a gala dinner to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters and women winning the right to vote. Thank you to all who made it possible and who joined us in celebration! Pictures coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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LWVCT is proud to be part of the recently launched People Powered Fair Maps Campaign. The League of Women Voters, one of the country's largest & oldest non-partisan voter advocacy organizations, is launching a "multi-million-dollar, multi-year" effort to end discriminatory gerrymandering, the practice of drawing electoral maps for political gain.

Read the People Powered Fair Maps FAQ and join the effort here in Connecticut by contacting us at lwvct@lwvct.org.

 Census 2020

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LWVCT is working coalition with other organizations to make sure that Connecticut get the best Census count in 2020.  You can help too!

The American Library Association has published it’s guide, Preparing My Library for the 2020 Census. Each census cycle, the ALA provides a tip sheet for libraries to use in preparing for the Census. This year, LWV is specifically named as a reliable community group doing work in this space. 

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CT VOTES! 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.

Voter information is what the League of Women Voters does best!  VOTE411.org helps 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 more. All in one spot!   

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Citizens' Election Program

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.  

 

 

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NEWS

 

FAQ for Voting in Connecticut
Blog Post

PLEASE NOTE! The Connecticut Primary has been postponed until June 2, 2020 

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Public Statement

LWVCT submitted the following letter to the Connecticut Legislature to ensure transparency and to protect the rights of all Connecticut Residents to participate in their government through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Blog Post

Have you responded to the 2020 Census? This year is the first time you can complete it in online. Respond today and make sure Connecticut is not undercounted! 

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News

UPDATE: Due to public health concerns regarding COVID-19, Governor Ned Lamont announced on March 19, 2020 that Connecticut's Primary will be rescheduled from Tuesday, April 28, 2020 to Tuesday, June 2, 2020. 

Position

Congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population. We oppose partisan and racial gerrymandering that strips rights away from voters.