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Voting & Elections 01.25.2021

NBC Connecticut: Lawmakers to Tackle Early Voting, Absentee Ballots

Cheri Quickmire, Executive Director of Common Cause in Connecticut, discusses the state legislature's plans to debate proposed resolutions to change Connecticut’s constitution to allow no-excuse absentee voting and early voting.

Voting & Elections 11.5.2020

Common Cause in Connecticut Supports Secretary of the State Merrill’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Codify Absentee Ballot Expansion & Allow Early Voting; Applauds Smooth Election Amid Unprecedented Pandemic

"We can take action now so all future Connecticut elections are safe, accessible and convenient. From common sense reforms like automatic voter registration to a permanent expansion of non-excuse absentee ballot voting, we must continue to expand voting access at a time when many are actively seeking to restrict it."

Voting & Elections 11.4.2020

NBC CT: A Day at the Polls: Voting Advocates, Officials Reflect on Election Day

“Roving poll monitors” like Cindy Dubuque-Gallo of Hartford were tasked by the nonpartisan group to check in on the voting experience at polling locations around the state. “We had challenges in couple of other cities and towns, but I feel really positive about how it went,” said Common Cause of Connecticut’s Executive Director Cheri Quickmire.

Voting & Elections 09.21.2020

CT Viewpoints: It’s time to unlock the vote for those on parole

"Disenfranchising people on parole creates a racist system of political inequality that functions much like older, racially unequal voting barriers such as literacy tests, grandfather clauses, and poll taxes."

Voting & Elections 08.22.2020

NBC Connecticut: ‘Save the Post Office’ Rally Held in Hartford

On Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at the Old State House Post Office people from all walks of life who were determined to defend the essential services provided by the United States Postal Service—including delivery of live-saving prescription drugs, disability checks, our ability to vote by mail and so many others—pushed back on the Trump administration’s attacks by organizing a grassroots action outside the post office at the Old State House post office.

Voting & Elections 08.1.2020

Vernon reverses course, will accept dropbox for absentee ballots

VERNON — After a dispute with state officials over the use of a ballot dropbox issued by the Secretary of the State’s office to be used for absentee ballots, the town will now accept one, which will be placed outside Town Hall, according to a letter submitted Thursday by Town Attorney Louis A. Spadaccini to Deputy Secretary of the State Scott D. Bates. Vernon officials initially resisted having a dropbox, telling the state that they would instead allow in-person absentee ballots to be cast through a window at the front of Town Hall that connects to the town clerk’s office. Opponents of Vernon’s method have included Disability Rights Connecticut, an advocacy group that sent a letter Monday to Town Administrator Michael Purcaro saying the town’s setup was not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act because the window is too far from the street and too high off the ground. (...) Also on Monday, protestors assembled outside Town Hall to call out what they labeled voter suppression, making the case that Vernon’s voters were disadvantaged compared to those in other towns because Vernon was only accepting in-person absentee ballots during the town clerk’s office hours, while the dropboxes are available 24 hours a day.

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