Government Guide 2014

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Sunday, October 19th

4th US Congressional District Debate

Wilton High School Clune Auditorium

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Jim Himes (D) and Dan Debicella (R) will participate in a timed debate, sponsored by the Fairfield County Leagues. The timed debate will be  moderated by former State and National LWV President, Kay Maxwell.

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Tuesday, October 21st

Darien Candidates Night

Town Hall Auditorium

7:00 PM Reception

7:30 PM Program 

The League will once again sponsor this timed and structured discussion involving our local and state elected representatives.  The Darien Board of Education race is contested so come down and hear what the candidates have to say.

Moderated by Kay Maxwell former National President – League of Women Voters

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Please Note:

  1. Darien Voters Guide to be published in the Darien Times Newspaper, on Thursday,  October 30th. It will also be posted online on this website.
  2. CT Constitutional Amendment Educational Material is displayed below:

A Message To All Registered Darien Voters:

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, Connecticut voters will vote on this ballot question:

“Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election? Vote Yes or No”

What does this mean?

The Connecticut Constitution currently requires in-person voting on Election Day, with specifically delineated exceptions for  absentee ballots. In 2012, the Connecticut General Assembly approved a resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution which, if approved by the majority of the voters in the upcoming election, would grant increased authority to the General Assembly regarding election administration. This resolution proposes a constitutional amendment for the stated purpose of:

  • Eliminating the requirement for electors to gather on Election Day to cast votes for state officers  and legislators
  • Removing the constitutional restrictions on absentee voting.

What will a YES vote mean?

A YES vote means that restricting language in the State Constitution would be removed, allowing the General Assembly greater authority to pass a law allowing voters to cast their ballots without having to (1) appear at their polling place on Election Day or (2) provide a reason for voting by absentee ballot. The amendment does not change current election practices, but it would enable the General Assembly to consider changes in the future.

What will a NO vote mean?

A NO vote means that the State Constitution remains unchanged and the Connecticut General Assembly will be unable to consider any changes in election administration with respect to in-person voting on Election Day and the expanded use of absentee ballots.

Remember: Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport