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19th Amendment Anniversary: Outreach “To All” Eligible CT Voters

Photo of voter registration drive at Wilton High School. The League of Women voters is using the 93rd birthday of the 19th Amendment to highlight voter outreach. Photo Credit: Young-Kleinfeld
Photo of voter registration drive at Wilton High School. The League of Women voters is using the 93rd birthday of the 19th Amendment to highlight voter outreach. Photo Credit: Young-Kleinfeld
August 26, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. - The 19th Amendment, which gave women the vote, turns 93 today, and Connecticut voting rights advocates say this a good day to take note of some voting-related changes in laws and regulations. Carole Young-Kleinfeld with the League of Women Voters of Connecticut noted that state lawmakers approved election-day registration, plus permanent absentee ballots for people with disabilities. She expects those changes to boost voter participation.

"We're highlighting this day to really reach out to women, to men, to students, to all eligible voters," Young-Kleinfeld declared. "When many states are currently making it more difficult, Connecticut is making it easier for people to vote."

She said voters can learn about absentee ballots and election-day registration by going to the League of Women Voters of Connecticut website, where there is information in both English and Spanish.

Young-Kleinfeld said there will be one polling place for each town this fall where Connecticut residents, with proof of eligibility, can register and vote on Election Day.

"Election Day registration is probably one of the most important measures that a state can take to increase voter participation, and we really expect a greater voter turnout in gubernatorial elections and in presidential elections," she said.

She did point out that voters should still make every effort to ensure they are registered ahead of time, but election-day registration offers an important protection for those who did not have the opportunity to register earlier.

More information is at LWVCT.org, and for Persons with Disabilities at CT.gov, with general voter information at SOTS.ct.gov.


Mike Clifford/Bill De Armond, Public News Service - CT