L E A G U
E O F W O M E
N V O T E R S : first, studies, then
action...at all three levels!
Now this direction from
National, part of a more than nine-minute video sent to
all Leagues. We could not find any information about local
A C T I O N
A G E N D A F O R L W V U S . .
Latest word from LWVUS - please remember
that advocacy on national positions requires permission -
A C T I O N A G E N D
A C O N N E C T I C U T
League issue in
the forefront!!! Read LWVCT
Action Alert here.
NEW!!! From the June 2009 LWVCT Board
New State Study on Elections
voted to undertake a new state study on campaign-related
issues. The study will be chaired by Christine
Horrigan and will cover:
procedures for certifying candidates for inclusion on the
ballot, 2) the state election calendar timelines
and 3) the examination of the methods for
filling US senate vacancies.
of the steps required to achieve certification and ballot
access by various types of candidates running for office and
of the standards used by the Secretary of the State to
certify their candidacies. This review will include:
• ballot access by
major party candidates;
access by minor party candidates
access by petitioning candidates (with and without party
access by cross-endorsed candidates—local, state, federal
of write-in candidates
and local recognition of minor parties;
for candidates to become certified or registered as
party rules for process of endorsing candidates
Examination of Connecticut’s election calendar, laws, and
regulations, focusing on:
• deadlines for
candidate petitions and party conventions
for SOTS notification to local election officials of
candidates on ballot and deadlines for printing ballots
procedures, and options regarding voting for military and
Examination of methods for filling vacancies in US Senate
• The Committee will
begin meeting in August.
statement and materials will go to the LWVCT board in
will be mailed and e-mailed to local leagues at the end of
reporting deadline will be in the fall of 2010, probably
September or October
will be up to the LWVCT Board to evaluate whether
concurrence achieved. Concurrence standards will be:
at least 10% membership participation and no less than 50%
of local leagues represented. Study
group membership is open to any interested League
member. If you’d like to be on the study committee,
please contact Christine Horrigan or Jean Rabinow.
C O N N E C T I C U
T B A L L O T Q U E S T I O
N N O V . 4 t h (our view prevailed...)
Advocacy Against Constitutional Convention question on the
Connecticut ballot Nov. 4 - read
here urging "no" vote on Constitutional Convention.
LWVCT OFFICE: WARNING. The LWVCT's tri-fold
flyer with our position
calling of a Constitutional Convention can be found by
clicking on the link above. Please feel free to
reprint and distribute it as you see fit. The LWVCT Board feels that if
you are permitting candidates to set up tables outside of
your debates, you can set up a League table there too,
and hand out voter ed, advocacy, and membership
materials at that table. What you cannot do is have the
MC or moderator state the League's position on anything once
the debate has started.
on Issues - Connecticut
on Issues - LWVUS
Latest word from LWVUS -
please remember that advocacy on national positions requires
permission - and caution!
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE
Hon. Gayle Slossberg
Speaker at LWVCT Fall Conference
was about this subject and voting in general
- click here.
And at the Capitol...
Popular vote may win out
By Ken Dixon, CT POST STAFF WRITER
Updated: 04/20/2009 12:31:33 AM EDT
HARTFORD -- Connecticut would join a growing number of states
pushing to change the way U.S. presidents are selected, under
a bill that is heading for debate in the state House of
It's an attempt to essentially bypass the Electoral College
and elect presidents by using the popular vote. Supporters say
it would give voters more power.
Under the proposal, Connecticut's electoral votes would go to
the candidate that wins the nationwide popular vote. If states
holding 270 electoral votes enact similar legislation, the
winner of the nationwide popular vote would become president.
Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan said last week
that he anticipates the legislation will be voted upon within
the next few weeks and Rep. Thomas J. Drew, D-Fairfield, the
bill's chief proponent, said last week there are enough votes
for it to pass.
"There's a lot of support for it," said Donovan, D-Meriden.
"It's certainly been a topic of national news. I believe there
will be a lot of support in the caucus."
"When I first heard about the idea I was immediately
enthusiastic about it," Drew said in an interview. "The
Electoral College system now, we've reached a point where it
is exceedingly problematic."
Back in 2000, Al Gore defeated George W. Bush in the popular
vote, but the Electoral College vote won Bush his first term.
Four years later, Bush narrowly won in the Electoral College,
even though he won the popular vote by 3.5 million.
The popular vote has been lost four times by candidates who
won in the Electoral College and became president.
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT POST website]
V I D E
O N O W A V A I L A B L
E . . . O N L I N E
LWVCT FALL CONFERENCE
“Election Day: Did My Vote
Really Count on November 4th?"
Weston LWV videotaped the
event - watch it online! Click here. One
speakers is on the LWVUS panel (see below) and had a special
message for CT!
RELATED TO THE FALL CONFERENCE...THE
FULL PACKET OF INFORMATION
FOR LEAGUE CONSENSUS ON:
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE STUDY