As we go about our busy day-to-day lives, few of us are focusing on Election Day, 2022: Tuesday, November 8th. Before we know it, we will be voting on the direction our state and our nation will take on fundamental issues, such as: climate change, reproductive rights, gun laws, book banning, education, voting rights, economic justice, and more.
As American citizens and as Woodbridge voters, it is incumbent upon us to exercise our right and our responsibility to inform ourselves about the candidates and issues—and to vote!
Did you know that there is a proposed Connecticut Constitutional Amendment to expand voting access on the ballot this year?
At a time when so many Republican-led states are enacting legislation to restrict voting access, it is especially noteworthy that Connecticut is moving to expand the franchise by making it easier to vote. The question on the ballot is, “Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit the General Assembly to provide for early voting?”
Connecticut is one of only a handful of states that does not allow early in-person voting. Because our election laws are in our State Constitution, this change must follow the process for amending the Constitution. If this ballot question passes, it will authorize the General Assembly to pass legislation setting the parameters for early in-person voting. The earliest date that we would see early voting available would be 2024.
Early voting is different from absentee voting. Absentee voting is permitted only for specified reasons; early voting offers all eligible voters greater flexibility as to when to cast their ballot, without worrying if they can make it to the polls on Election Day.
Did you know that you can learn more about the Democratic candidates on their websites?
- State Representative: Mary Welander, welanderforct.com;
- State Senator: Jorge Cabrera, jorgecabreract.com;
- State Senator: James Maroney, maroneyforus.com;
- U.S. Senator: Richard Blumenthal, RichardBlumenthal.com;
- Congresswoman: Rosa DeLauro, RosaDeLauro.com.
To see the websites of the Democratic statewide Constitutional candidates, go to: ctdems.org. On that site, got to “Voting” and then “Election Info.”
Did you know that extreme views are on the ballot in Connecticut this year? For example, there are Republican candidates who are Trump loyalists; candidates who are anti-choice; and candidates who would ban from school libraries books they deem inappropriate. More than ever, we all need to stay informed.
Did you know you can register to vote in person or online? You can register to vote at the Town Clerk’s office or online if you have a CT Department of Motor Vehicles ID at my vote.ct.gov/register. CT also allows Election Day Voter Registration, if you have not registered by November 8th. There is more information about Election Day Voter Registration here: myvote.ct.gov/EDRinfo.
Did you know that absentee ballot applications are available now, and that permissible reasons to vote absentee have expanded? You can obtain an Absentee Ballot application from the office of the Town Clerk or by downloading one from myvote.ct.gov/absentee. This link also explains the conditions that allow you to vote absentee.
Did you know about the WDTC Day of Action and the DEI Committee’s Woodbridge Like Me Day?
On Saturday, October 1, the day of the Woodbridge Recreation Department’s Road Race, the Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee is organizing a Day of Action to support State Representative Mary Welander and our other Democratic candidates. Please join us at 10AM at the WDTC table on the Woodbridge Town Library Lawn.
On Sunday, October 9, please join your neighbors and friends in celebrating the diversity of our community and the variety of our interests at Woodbridge Like Me Day from 11-2 on the Town Green.
Did you know that the Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee would welcome your involvement? If you are interested in learning more about the Woodbridge Democratic Town Committee, please get in touch with us by email: woodbridgeCTdems@gmail.com or visit our website at woodbridgeCTdems.org.
This is an opinion piece.