Your Vote 2020

A Nonpartisan Resource for the General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Voting is one of the greatest privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in the United States, so start planning for election day!

Following are links to government and community resources about voter registration, candidate information, important dates and more:

VOTER REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION
FOR CONNECTICUT

COVID-19 and Connecticut’s 2020 Election
For the November 2020 Election, the Connecticut Legislature passed Public Act 20-03 July Spec. Sess. allowing all voters to vote by absentee ballot if they choose to because of COVID-19. More information can be found at myvote.ct.gov/absentee.

Connecticut Fact Sheet for First Time Voters

Voters Eligibility

Voter ID FAQ

Register to vote online

Register to vote – paper application form
(English & Spanish)

Voters with Disabilities

(source CT.gov)

VOTING

Stratford Election Information & Results

Voter Registration Lookup and Polling Place Locator

Mail-In Voting:
Absentee Voting: Instructions and Absentee Ballot fact sheet

Town of Stratford Application for Absentee Ballot

IMPORTANT DATES

Election Day- Tuesday, November 3rd 

  • Online Voter Registration Deadline- October 27th  (11:59 pm)
  • Mail Postmark Voter Registration Deadline- October 27th
  • In-Person Voter Registration Deadline-  October 27th
  • Absentee Ballots Available- Friday, October 2nd
  • Absentee Ballots Received by local Town Clerk (or will not be counted)- Close of Polls 8pm – November 3rd


DEBATE SCHEDULE

Presidential

  • September 29, 2020 at The University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana)
  • October 15, 2020 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami, Florida)
  • October 22, 2020 at Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee)

Vice Presidential

  • October 7, 2020 at The University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)

 

CANDIDATE AND ELECTION INFORMATION

Ballotpedia – A nonpartisan information source that allows voters to see what will be on their ballots.

BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide – A nonpartisan guide designed for college students. Includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.

The Federal Elections Commission – Includes campaign filing information for candidates as well as a searchable database for voters.

ProCon.org – Pros and Cons of Current Issues – Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! ProCon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards.

A Starting PointA video-based civic engagement platform created by Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, and technology entrepreneur Joe Kiani. ASP’s mission is to create a bipartisan channel of communication and connectivity between Americans and their elected officials with the goal of creating a more informed electorate.

VOTE411 – Lookup local ballot issues and more.


GENERAL RESOURCES

Definitions of Common Voting and Election Terms

Presidential Election Process

Voting and Election Laws and History

(source usa.gov)


FACT CHECKING TOOLS

Annenberg Political Fact Check – Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.

Politifact – A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.

 

HISTORY

American Democracy digital resources – In this important election year, the Smithsonian Institute and its affiliates are highlighting a diverse array of the Smithsonian’s digital resources that engage audiences around voting, elections, civic engagement, and citizenship.

 

VOTING – Honor, Duty, Privilege, Right
Suggested reading available at the Stratford Library:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy by Gary May

The Body Language of Politics : decide who is lying, who is sincere, and how you’ll vote by Donna Van Natten

Buying the Vote : a history of campaign finance reform by Robert E. Mutch

Democracy in one book or less : how it works, why it doesn’t, and why fixing it is easier than you think by David Litt

The Electoral College and the Popular Vote edited by Lisa Idzikowski

The Fight to Vote by Michael Waldman

Give Us the Vote! : over 200 hundred years of fighting for the ballot by Susan Goldman Rubin

On Democracy by E.B. White ; edited by Martha White ; foreword by Jon Meacham

One Vote : make your voice heard by Ben Carson

The Right to Vote : the contested history of democracy in the United States by Alexander Keyssar

Votes of Confidence : a young person’s guide to American elections by Jeff Fleischer

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