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! 
this direction from National,  part of a more than nine-minute video sent to all Leagues.  We could not find any information about local leagues.

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 - and caution!

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 Report
LWVCT Organizing New State Study on Elections

Convention delegates voted to undertake a new state study on campaign-related issues.  The study will be chaired by Christine Horrigan and will cover:
1) 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.

Steps involved:

1.    Review 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;
•    ballot access by minor party candidates
•    ballot access by petitioning candidates (with and without party designation)
•    ballot access by cross-endorsed candidates—local, state, federal offices
•    registration of write-in candidates
•    state and local recognition of minor parties;
•    timelines for candidates to become certified or registered as write-ins
•    minor party rules for process of endorsing candidates

2. Examination of Connecticut’s election calendar, laws, and regulations, focusing on:

•    deadlines for candidate petitions and party conventions
•    schedule for SOTS notification to local election officials of candidates on ballot and deadlines for printing ballots
•    Policies, procedures, and options regarding voting for military and overseas voters

3. Examination of methods for filling vacancies in US Senate seats

Time Frame:

•    The Committee will begin meeting in August.
•    Concurrence statement and materials will go to the LWVCT board in April 2010
•    Materials will be mailed and e-mailed to local leagues at the end of April 2010
•    The reporting deadline will be in the fall of 2010, probably September or October

It 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 flyer here urging "no" vote on Constitutional Convention.
FROM THE LWVCT OFFICE:  WARNING.  The LWVCT's tri-fold flyer with our position against the 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 tableWhat you cannot do is have the MC or moderator state the League's position on anything once the debate has started.

Impact on Issues - Connecticut


Impact on Issues - LWVUS
Latest word from LWVUS - please remember that advocacy on national positions requires permission - and caution!


Hon. Gayle Slossberg
Speaker at LWVCT Fall Conference 2008, which was about this subject and voting in general - click here.

And at the Capitol...
Popular vote may win out
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 Representatives.

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

“Election Day: Did My Vote Really Count on November 4th?"

Weston LWV videotaped the event - watch it online!  Click here.  One of the
speakers is on the LWVUS panel (see below) and had a special message for CT!