This year, election day is Tuesday 8 November. While New Haven is not a year for local contests, voters will have many important decisions to make in the upcoming mid-term elections.
Who’s in the Connecticut ballot?
Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) represent New Haven in Washington, DC Blumenthal and DeLauro are running for re-election after two terms and sixteen terms, respectively. Leora Levy is the Republican candidate for senator and Lesley DeNardis is running against DeLauro for the House of Representatives. Most of the polls are in favor Instrumental And De Lauro to keep their posts.
DeLauro told the News that his 2022 campaign will look different after the 2020 elections shaped by the restrictions of the pandemic.
“What we weren’t able to do last time is really being with people, personally, one on one,” DeLauro said. This year, he is able to have a “full-scale campaign organization” that includes “visiting businesses, working with mayors and selected first, engaging with the community through town halls.”
DeNardis did not respond to requests for comment.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont is re-elected once again after a four-year term. Polls in September favor him to defeat his Republican opponent, businessman Bob Stefanowski.
Other competitions will also take place across the state in November, including lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and controller.
For the first time in over 15 years, the statewide candidate list includes a New Haven resident attorney Erick Russel. Russell is running for the position of state treasurer against Republican Harry Arora, a state representative from Greenwich.
“I’ve seen firsthand how politics can be used to help people,” Russell told The News. “My background growing up in the city in a family that was very working class and struggled to make ends meet, I brought that perspective into everything I’ve done.”
Senators and state representatives, both with two-year terms, are running for election this year. New Haven is represented by two state senators, Martin Looney (D-11) and Gary Winfield (D-10), both vying for re-election. Their Republican opponents are Steve Orosco and John Carlson respectively.
Seven state representatives serve parts of New Haven: Patricia Dillon (D-92), Toni Walker (D-93), Robyn Porter (D-94), Juan Candelaria (D-95), Roland Lemar (D-96), Al Paolillo (D-97) and Treneé McGee (D-116). All seven are in the running for re-election, three of them unchallenged.
Most of the city officials, including the alders and the mayor, have a two-year term and were elected last year, so they are not yet re-eligible. However, Ward 7 Alder Eli Sabin ’22 told The News that he will still be involved in voter engagement efforts and Democratic ticket campaign events, possibly including “door knocking and telephone banking.”
“This year’s elections are incredibly important,” Sabin said. “We will do some work to get out of the vote in the next couple of months as people start tuning in and the elections approach.”
Connecticut voters will also have to decide on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow early voting.
Although a similar proposal failed to win a majority in 2014, many states have moved to allow early voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Connecticut is now one of the four states which does not allow in-person voting before election day.
How do you vote in New Haven?
In Connecticut, voter registration applications must be stamped or received at least seven days before the election. Connecticut residents, including college students residing in Connecticut, can register to vote on line.
The state also offers voter registration on election day during election hours, but only in locations designated for election day registration. New Haven’s only such location is on the second floor of City Hall, 165 Church St.
Voters do not need a photo ID, but must bring a form valid identity document that includes their name and address, signature or photograph.
Although polling stations legally do not have to be finalized until October 7New Haven’s 2022 polling station list is already available. Connecticut voters can search for their polling station on line.
The polls will be open from 6:00 to 20:00 Anyone who queues by 20:00 will be able to vote. The absentee ballots must also be received by the closing of the polls.
How do you vote by absent ballot?
Yale students living in New Haven can vote in Connecticut, but many students prefer to vote in their home state’s elections.
Voting by absentee ballot usually requires an application process, which varies from state to state. Information about the absentee voting request, as well as general advice for voting in your home state, can be found on the website of Yale Vowsa non-partisan organization that works to increase civic engagement on campus.
“Many states may require a physical form to be submitted, and students often do not have access to envelopes and stamps,” Brook Smith ’25, vice president of Yale Votes, told the News. “People turn off when you tell them to print something, because it’s a rush to the library.”
To address some of these challenges, Yale Votes supplies envelopes and stamps and is working to place those materials in residential college offices. Students can get absentee ballots sent to their residential colleges or post office boxes.
Yale Votes also hosts numerous events to encourage students to register to vote. On September 20, National Voter Registration Day, they set up voter registration tables in every dining room and Cross Campus.
“Students are generally very receptive to registering to vote and vote,” Smith said. “It’s just difficult. And we’re really just trying to bridge that gap between desire and access. ”
He advised students to order cards as soon as possible to avoid potential last-minute incidents. Cards requested mid to late October may not arrive in time to be returned by November 8th.
67 percent of eligible voters in New Haven participated in the 2020 election, according to the Connecticut Secretary of State’s office.