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Litchfield Voter Registration Session
Tuesday, July 31 ~ 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Litchfield Town Hall
(lower level)
The Litchfield Registrars of Voters will hold a voter registration session on Tuesday, July 31, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in their office in the basement of the Litchfield Town Hall at 74 West Street, Litchfield.
This session is 14 days before the August 14th primary.  Only voters registered in either the Democratic or Republican party are permitted to vote in the primary.  By state law, unaffiliated voters are not allowed to vote in primaries. Unaffiliated voters are able to register with a party up until noon on August 13, the day before the primary.
In Connecticut, a voter who wishes to change parties must do so at least ninety days before the primary.  That deadline, May 14th, has already passed.  For additional information, call the Registrars’ Office at 860 567 7558 on Tuesday or Friday mornings between 10 am and noon.
Going to be 18 years old?
Time to Register To VOTE
The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County reminds all potential voters about to turn eighteen years of age that they should register to vote.
Any U.S. citizen who is a Connecticut resident and will be 18 years old by November 6, 2018, may register to vote.
Any 17-year-old who will be 18 years old by Election Day and who otherwise meets the qualifications of an elector may register and vote in a primary.
In order to vote in a Primary one must be registered as a Republican or a Democrat. Local primaries are scheduled for August 14, 2018. The General Election will be November 6, 2018.
You may get a voter registration form at any town or city hall, any public library, the Department of Motor Vehicles, other state agency offices, or via the “for voters” page at our State website, Or, call your registrars or municipal clerk to have a voter registration form sent to your home. Mail or hand in your form to the registrar of voters of the town or city where you reside.
The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County is a grassroots, nonpartisan political organization of women and men.
Democratic Congressional Debate
Monday, July 30 ~ 6:00-7:00 p.m.
The two Democratic candidates for Congress here in the 5th Congressional District, Mary Glassman of Simsbury and Jahana Hayes of Wolcott will debate at the Torrington City Hall on Monday, July 30th, 140 Main Street, Torrington. From 6-7 p.m. both candidates will be available to meet and speak with the public, and from 7-9 p.m. they will participate in a debate moderated by Judge Anne C. Dranginis (Ret.) who is also currently serving as a member of the Litchfield Board of Selectmen. There will also be a Social Media component of the debate hosted by Litchfield Democratic Town Committee Chairman Jennine Lupo. The public is invited to attend. For further information contact Audrey Blondin at 860-489-8997 or Larry Sweeney at 860-567-2014.
Lawmakers Achieve Perfect Voting Attendance
HARTFORD- State Representatives John Piscopo (R-76) and David T. Wilson (R-66) achieved a perfect record for votes cast on the floor of the state House of Representatives during the 2018 legislative session, according to the House Clerk’s Office. 
Representatives Piscopo and Wilson were present and voted for all 317 votes taken on the state House floor during the 2018 session, according to voting record data released last week by the House Clerk’s Office. 
“My voting record is more than just numbers, it is a reflection of my continued commitment and promise to my constituents, and I hope that this 100% lets them know that that their voice in their state government matters on every issue. I take my legislative responsibility very seriously, and it is very humbling that the residents of the 76th district continue to entrust me with the privilege of representing their voice in Hartford. I’m proud to say to the people I represent that their voice was heard again this year on every issue that was called for debate by the legislature,” said Rep. Piscopo, whose district includes Thomaston, Burlington, Harwinton and the Northfield section of Litchfield. 
“I am proud to have again been present and voted for each bill that was called on the floor of the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Wilson, who has achieved a 100% voting record during both sessions of his term. “The people of the 66th district elected me to be their voice and bring their concerns to the State Capitol, and I’m proud to say that for the second year in a row, their voice was heard on every issue that came before the House for a vote.”
Piscopo, the Senior House Minority Whip and a leader in the House Republican Caucus, serves on the Environment, Energy & Technology and Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committees in the General Assembly.
Wilson serves on the Banking, Environment, and Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committees in the General Assembly.
For an overview of legislation passed this year, visit the Office of Legislative Research website:
Wilson, Piscopo Condemn Democrats
for Failure to Override Vetoes on
Education Funding, Hartford Bailout, School Safety 
HARTFORD – State Representatives Dave Wilson (R-66) and John Piscopo (R-76) blasted Democrats for failing to override Gov. Malloy’s vetoes and pass legislation to scale back the Hartford bailout, make schools safer, preserve education funding and provide tax credits for manufacturers. ~ contributed

On June 25, the legislature was called in for a veto session to overturn Governor Malloy’s veto of seven bills that initially passed through the General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate chambers during the regular 2018 legislative session.

“These seven bills passed in both the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. The fact that Democrats came back during the veto session and changed their votes on good bills that would help the residents of Connecticut just because they wouldn’t push back on Governor Malloy is playing politics over people and that’s not what we’re elected to do,” said Rep. Wilson.

The bill to prevent governors from withholding education cost sharing money from towns and cities passed in the House but failed to get the two-thirds support to override the veto in the Senate. 

“This is a failure to act by the majority party, who had the opportunity to demonstrate leadership to the cities and towns of Connecticut, and that they truly care about their financial stability,” said Rep. Piscopo. This was a common sense proposal that passed the legislature with bipartisan support, but in the end, House and Senate Democrats chose to support Governor Malloy and his veto, rather than stand behind their original votes. It’s entirely unfortunate that politics came before education funding, and the taxpayers are the ones who ultimately bear the brunt of their failed policies when local taxes go up.” 

Other bill vetoes that were upheld during the session included making school classrooms and schools safer, limiting the $500 million Hartford bailout that will cost Connecticut taxpayers over the next 20 years, and helping manufacturers. 

Rep. Wilson added, “Connecticut taxpayers are on the hook for the next 20 years for $500 million to bailout Hartford, an agreement which was negotiated in secret by Governor Malloy to bail out the failing city of Hartford with Hartford’s Mayor Luke Bronin, without the knowledge of the legislature. This is fiscal irresponsibility and deception at its worst, and the taxpayers of Connecticut deserve better.”

Rep. Piscopo added that the bill Republicans supported would have made schools safer by making it easier to remove dangerous and disruptive students from classrooms. “Teachers came to the Capitol to testify in support of this measure, and I will continue to support them on this issue, and will continue to work to pass legislation to make classrooms safer.” 
Primary Elections
Primary elections for statewide offices, such as Governor, Attorney General and Senator, are scheduled for August 14, 2018. Primary elections determine which major party candidate will be on the ballot on November 6. Only voters who have registered with a major party (Democratic or Republican) can vote in these elections. Unaffiliated voters, who have not chosen a party affiliation when they registered, do not vote in primaries.
May 14 is the last day when a voter enrolled in any party (including the Independent Party) can change their party affiliation to vote in the August 14 primary.
Voters can add or change their party affiliation by visiting line, or coming to the Town Hall during business hours and filling out a new registration card at either to Town Clerk’s or the Registrars’ of Voters offices. Office hours for the Litchfield Registrars are Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Barbara Putnam
Democratic Registrar of Voters
Town of Litchfield, CT
860 567 7558