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Friday, October 5, 2018
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Secretary Merrill Warns of Possible Fake Voter Registration Phone Calls
Voter registration is never done over the phone
Voters warned not to give personal information over the phone
HARTFORD – After national reports of suspicious phone calls, purportedly to register voters over the phone and to arrange for an absentee ballot, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is warning voters to be alert for these calls. The calls claim to be from a reputable voter registration organization, TurboVote, but the organization has confirmed that the calls are not from their organization.
“It is critical that voters are aware of this potential scam and do not give out any personal information over the phone,” said Merrill. “We would like every eligible Connecticut resident to register to vote, but that will never take place over the phone. Please go to myvote.ct.gov/register, or your local town hall, to register to vote.”
Voters are warned to not share their personal information over the phone. If you receive one of these calls, hang up and the report the call to Taffy Womack at the Secretary of the State’s office at (860) 509-6117 or email her at Taffy.Womack@ct.gov.
The callers are offering to register residents over the phone, and in some cases, to send the voter an absentee ballot. In Connecticut, residents cannot register to vote by phone, and to get an absentee ballot a voter has to request an absentee ballot application from their Town Clerk and return it with an actual signature.
Reputable voter registration drives will NEVER happen over the phone.
Potential voters can register at myvote.ct.gov/register and can check their registrations at myvote.ct.gov/lookup
Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill
Congratulations to our own amazing member, Mary Kennedy, on receiving the Ella Grasso Award.
On September 9th, in Southington, CT, Mary Kennedy of Old Saybrook received the Ella T. Grasso Leadership Award in recognition of her leadership, volunteerism and service to the Democratic Party. Mary started in politics as the Treasurer to the National Young Democrats and has been involved in all Presidential campaigns including those of Kennedy, Johnson and Humphrey. She is active in all local races as well, from the top of the ticket all the way down, and has been coined the “energizer bunny” of the Old Saybrook DTC. She has worked tirelessly to do phone banks, mailings, letters, and canvassing to ensure that qualified candidates are elected to serve our communities. In addition to politics, Mary has had a distinguished career in Nursing. She became a Registered Nurse in 1948, and received a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Yale in 1977. She retired from Nursing at age 88, which leaves her additional time for community service and politics on our town Nursing Board, and the Shoreline League of Democratic Women, the Old Saybrook Historic District Commission and the Old Saybrook Democratic Town Committee.
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Thanks to Glenda Sohl, Karen Prendergast, and Patrice Stangel for the idea, all the prep. work and a very enjoyable evening!
Norm Needleman, candidate for the State Senate in the 33rd District warned that recent actions by the federal government to roll back sexual assault policies on college campuses could also come to Connecticut if State Rep. Melissa Ziobron has her way.
In 2016, long before the #metoo movement, Rep. Ziobron was one of only 7 of her colleagues to oppose a bill that would require an affirmative consent policy on college campuses. The law defines consent as both parties involved in sexual activity affirmatively agreeing to it.
“Even when Melissa learned that 1 in 10 students at the University of Connecticut reported being sexually assaulted she still voted no,” Needleman said, “To be this out of touch is frightening, especially what we now know from the #metoo movement and a growing number of sexual assault scandals involving celebrities, public officials, and others in positions of power.”
Needleman warned that even more threats to women are coming in the wake of a recent order issued by the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
The new DeVos policy will require higher education institutions receiving federal dollars to investigate assaults only if they take place on campuses – excluding other locations like fraternity houses and off campus housing. The administration will also reduce the legal liability higher education institutions have in cases of sexual assault, even those involving faculty members.
“Given her voting record there’s no doubt she’ll come down on the side of DeVos and Washington, D.C. as they continue to roll back hard fought protections for women. That just doesn’t make sense,” Needleman said, “I pledge to continue the progress Connecticut has made protecting women from assault and harassment.”
Please support Martha Marx for State Senator. Martha is running against Paul Formica to represent the 20th District which includes Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Waterford, New London, Montville, Salem and Bozrah.
In order to qualify for the Citizens’ Election Program, Martha needs $2K and 40 signatures.
Help protect our Democracy by contributing to Martha Marx’s campaign. See link for more information about Martha and to donate on line. Anyone who lives in Old Saybrook in either State Senate District 20 or State Senate District 33 can help Martha Marx qualify for public election funding by donating a minimum of $5.00 AND signing a Donation Form.
Please share with friends who live in her district. Thanks everyone!
O.S. Delegates to Democratic State Convention
Democratic State Convention endorsed:
Senator – Chris Murphy
Governor – Ned Lamont
Lt Governor – Susan Bysiewicz
Atty Gen – William Tong
Secretary of State- Denise Merrill
State Treasurer – Shawn Wooden
State Comptroller – Kevin Lembo