MIDDLETOWN — This year’s presidential election is the most widely discussed and anticipated one I can remember. Regardless of your party or independence, I hope you feel as I do that voting matters. We have the honor and right as American citizens to vote, and this election is no exception.
Election Day is Nov. 3, and while United Way is a nonpartisan organization, we do want to encourage you to get out and vote. We hope all prospective voters take a look at the issues that are important to you and see where your candidates stand.
Every year, millions of eligible voters are unable to cast a ballot because of a missed registration deadline. In Connecticut, registering to vote is easy and can be done online in just minutes. Visit voterregistration.ct.gov to change your name and/or address on your current registration record, or enroll in a political party or change party enrollment.
Due to the pandemic our nation continues to face, voting by absentee ballots is anticipated to be at an all-time high, and all voters are allowed to vote this way. This allows residents to vote early from the safety of their own home, rather than waiting in a potentially crowded line. If you would rather vote in person, the polls in Connecticut will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you are not on the list of registered voters at your local polling place, you can register and vote in person on Election Day at your town’s registration location. To register in person, you will need to supply proof of identity and residence. Contact your local registrars of voters for information about location, hours of operation, and acceptable forms of identification.
United Way Worldwide launched a new online Vote United Election Hub to help ensure that people everywhere have access to the resources needed to fulfill their civic duty to vote in the upcoming election.
Developed in partnership with non-partisan civic organizations When We All Vote and VoteAmerica, the Vote United Election Hub is a one-stop-shop resource to provide individuals with tools to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, find a polling location, contact a local election office and other critical information to empower every eligible voter to participate in the 2020 Election.
Visit tinyurl.com/unitedwayvote to access these helpful resources.
Here at Middlesex United Way, we are committed to education, financial stability, health, housing and racial equity and inclusion. Whatever issues you decide are important to you, just be sure to vote and make your voice heard. We hope that you not only vote, but that you encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same!
Kevin Wilhelm is president and CEO of Middlesex United Way.