What I’ll Do To Protect Voter Integrity – Only In Bridgeport®

What I’ll Do To Protect Voter Integrity – Only In Bridgeport®


recent New York Times poll shows that the relentless messaging that our voting systems are corrupted — despite the lack of evidence — have convinced many Republicans and those who don’t know what to believe to doubt the legitimacy of elections. Meanwhile, Democrats, who are watching Republican minorities win political fights and are reeling from devastating decisions from the Supreme Court believe our democratic process needs an overhaul.

I believe we can meet these challenges and emerge stronger through civic education, community engagement and expansion of voter rights.

To ensure voters’ voices are heard, they must be inspired and empowered to vote.

One way is providing materials, systems and procedures that meet them where they are. People learn in a variety of ways – online, in different languages and as members of a wide range of organizations and communities.

As secretary of the state, I would create a YouTube channel that features multilingual videos explaining the process of voting and how to interact with elected bodies, as well as how to gain access to the ballot as a candidate for local, state and federal races.

To educate and engage voters right where they live, I would create a Voting Rights Ambassadors program that uses volunteers to engage our communities in healthy and civil conversation around voting and voting rights. The program would also make educational toolkits available to a wide range of community organizations to do grassroots voter outreach.

How can we expect voters to vote when there is no allowance for inclusive identification? I would recognize the identify of every voter by updating technology to allow special characters as simple as an accent mark, and a gender “X” (nonbinary) option to match forms provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

We also must empower voters by providing greater access to voting, most importantly by passing the ballot initiative this fall to allow early voting. As a member of the General Assembly, I co-sponsored legislation to allow the issue to come to a vote this fall, and I will campaign to raise awareness in the coming months.

In my role as a lawmaker, I am already meeting with front-line election workers to begin crafting enabling legislation. As secretary of the state, I would be a true partner in supporting early voting by ensuring every town has the ability to safely and securely manage early voting ballots.

Connecticut can lead the nation in free, fair and accessible elections. In simple, thoughtful ways, we can set the standard for voting rights, civic education and engagement. This democracy belongs to all of us, and I am ready for the fight.


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