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Why everyone should vote in a local election

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Election Day is tomorrow, and it’s time to make a plan so that your vote gets counted. Too often, people skip their local elections, believing they are less important than national and state contests. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unlike state and national elections, local elections have much more impact on the quality of your daily life. Here’s why everyone should make the effort to come out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5th in your city’s local election.

  • It’s all about YOU. No, really it is. The people you’re voting for in a local election: Mayors, Selectmen, Councilmen, Boards of Finance, Education, Planning and Zoning—these people are the ones that determine the quality of your neighborhood, schools, roads, where buildings will be built, how your water and land will be used or protected—and most importantly, how your taxes will be spent.

  • It’s about access and accountability. The local candidates vying for these positions live in your area and are more interested in YOUR concerns than state and national politicians who must focus on bigger picture issues.
  • It’s about progress. Local policy can lead to change at the state and national level. Big issues like gun laws, the minimum wage and civil rights started as concerns at the state level.
  • It’s about the future. Many state and national candidates begin their careers on local boards, so who knows, the Councilman that you help elect today could be tomorrow’s Senator, or even President!

Your vote is your voice, don’t waste it by missing an election, make it a habit to vote every year—in every election.  If you need more information about the candidates check your local papers or town websites, your local League of Women Voters chapter also has Voter Guides, please visit Vote411.org or lwvct.org.

Laura Smits

VP Voter Service for League of Women Voters of Connecticut (LWVCT), former Registrar of Voters

Norwalk

3 comments

Stuart Wells November 4, 2019 at 7:07 am

Polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. (anyone in line at 8:00 p.m. can vote)
Not Registered (in Norwalk)? Go to Election Day Registration and voting which is held in the Community Room at City Hall. Same hours, but don’t wait until the last minute as you must be processed into the state’s registration system by 8:00 p.m. — per state law, just being “In Line” doesn’t work for Election Day Registration.
Municipal Polling Places (by district):
A-1 Tracey School
A-2 St. Mary Hall
A-3 Kendall School
A-4 Nathan Hale School (rear of gym)
B-1 Columbus School
B-2 Odyssey Learning Center (Nathaniel Ely)
C-1 Marvin School
C-2 Nathan Hale School (front of gym)
D-1 Ponus Ridge School
D-2 West Rocks School
E-1 Brookside School
E-2 Rowayton School
E-3 Fox Run School
(No voting this year at Roton or Wolfpit schools — they are used for State & Federal Elections only i.e. next year for the Presidential election.)

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