This year, Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Although it is a bad year for local elections in New Haven, voters will have many important decisions to make in the upcoming midterm elections.
Who is on the ballot in Connecticut?
Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) represent New Haven in Washington, DC Blumenthal and DeLauro are running for reelection 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 polls favor blumenthal Y DeLauro to keep their seats.
DeLauro told the News his 2022 campaign will look different after a 2020 election marred by pandemic restrictions.
“What we couldn’t do last time is really be with people, personally, one on one,” DeLauro said. This year, he may have a “large-scale campaign organization” that includes “visiting businesses, working with mayors and first councillors, engaging with the community through town halls.”
DeNardis did not respond to requests for comment.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont is up for re-election once again after a four-year term. september polls favor him to defeat his Republican opponent, businessman Bob Stefanowski.
Other races across the state will also be held in November, including those for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and comptroller.
For the first time in more than 15 years, the state’s list of candidates includes a New Haven resident, attorney eric russell. Russell is running for 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 experience growing up in the city in a family that was largely working class and struggling to make ends meet, I’ve brought that perspective to everything I’ve done.”
State senators and representatives, who serve two-year terms, are up for election this year. New Haven is represented by two state senators, Martin Looney (D-11) and Gary Winfield (D-10), who are running for re-election. His 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 running for re-election, three of them running unopposed.
Most city officials, including council members and the mayor, serve two-year terms and were elected last year, so they are not yet up for re-election. However, Ward 7 Alder Eli Sabin ’22 told the News that he will continue to be involved in voter turnout efforts and campaign events for the Democratic ticket, which likely include “door knocking and phone calls.”
“This year’s election is incredibly important,” Sabin said. “We’re going to do a little bit of work to promote voting in the next couple of months as people start to tune in and the election gets closer.”
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 that does not allow voting in person before Election Day.
How do you vote in New Haven?
In Connecticut, voter registration applications must be postmarked or received at least seven days before an election. Connecticut residents, including college students residing in Connecticut, can register to vote online.
The state also offers Election Day voter registration during voting hours, but only at designated Election Day registration locations. The only such location in New Haven is on the second floor of City Hall, at 165 Church St.
Voters do not need a photo ID, but they do need to bring a form of Valid ID that includes your name and an address, signature, or photograph.
Although polling places do not legally need to be finalized until October 7New Haven’s list of 2022 polling places is now available. Connecticut voters can search for their polling place online.
The polls will be open from 6 am to 8 pm Anyone who is in line at 8 pm will be able to vote. Absentee ballots must also be received before the polls close.
How do you vote absentee?
Yale students living in New Haven are eligible to vote in Connecticut, but many students prefer to vote in elections in their home state.
Voting by absentee ballot generally requires an application process, which varies from state to state. On the website of Yale Vowsa nonpartisan organization that works to increase civic engagement on campus.
“Many states may require you to submit a physical form, and often students don’t have access to envelopes and stamps,” Brook Smith ’25, vice president of Yale Votes, told News. “People get put off when you tell them to print something, because that’s going to the library.”
To address some of these difficulties, Yale Votes provides envelopes and stamps, and is working to place those materials in residential college offices. Students can receive absentee ballots at 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 all dining halls and on Cross Campus.
“Students are generally very receptive to registering to vote and voting,” Smith said. “It’s just difficult. And we’re really just trying to bridge that gap between desire and access.”
He advised that students request their ballots as soon as possible to avoid potential last-minute mishaps. Ballots requested in 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.