REGISTER TO VOTE PUSH IS ON FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTION
September 24th is National Voter Registration Day, part of a nonpartisan effort to encourage individuals to organize voter registration drives on campuses and in organizations.
In New Britain DTC members and members of the Latino Coalition , including Mario Santos (Board of Assessment Appeal), Isabelita Cancel, Francisco Cuin and Willie Justiniano (Constable nominee), have continued their voter registration drive via canvassing and storefront registrations in recent weeks.
According to the Registrar of Voters last week (9/16) the city voter enrollment is 24,609 with 13,282 Democrats (54%) and 2,758 Republicans (11%). There are 8,262 Unaffiliateds (33.5%) and 307 minor party members ( just over 1%) in the official count.
This month’s voter total is 9,010 less than the 33,619 counted as “eligible to vote” in the November 2012 Presidential Election. Voter enrollments grow in Presidential years and attrition usually follows until the next race for the White House.
The new and lower count stems from state election law that mandates canvasses conducted by the Registrars this year. According to the Secretary of the State’s office the canvass involves “annual house-to-house canvass of electors to be done (1) in person, (2) by mail or by the National Change of Address System (NCOA) of the U. S. Postal Service, (3) by telephone, or (4) by a combination thereof, by registrars or their designees. Canvass by mail should be completed by March 31st because regulations give electors thirty days to respond to canvass by mail, and May 1st is the last day to send Notice of Confirmation of Voting Residence to electors on the basis of the canvass. (Sec. 9-32, 9-35 and Conn. Regs. 9-32-1 to 9-32-9).”
The Democratic Town Committee is reviewing the list of inactive voters ahead of the October mail-in registration deadline. In addition to registering new voters there will be an effort identify voters who may have relocated or who reside in New Britain but did not respond to or hear about the official canvass.
This Week On The Campaign ’13 Trail….
MONDAY 9/23: Town and City Clerk Nominee Larry Hermanowski’s committee (Elect Larry Town Clerk 2013) is holding a campaign fundraiser from 5 to 7 pm at The Crystal Ballroom, 211 Farmington Avenue, New Britain. The suggested donation is $25.
Hermanowski, currently serving on the Common Council from Ward 4, has been involved in community and public service for decades. He previously served as an Alderman at Large, Mayor Pro Tem, Deputy City Treasurer and on several city commissions. He is a sales application engineering manager.
TUESDAY 9/24: Tax Collector Nominee Greg Gerratana’s committee (Gerratana for Tax Collector) is holding an evening reception from 5:30 to 7 at Great Taste Restaurant, 597 West Main Street, New Britain.
The event is being hosted by State Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, the state House Majority Leader and the New Britain legislative delegation. The suggested donation is $50. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-982-5491.
Gerratana, a legislative aide and former Ward One City Councilor, said his goals for the Tax Collector office are “transparency and streamlining government” for greater efficiency.
THURSDAY 9/26: Berlin Democrats will hold their First Annual Chairman’s dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Baltic Restaurant, 237 New Britain Road, Kensington honoring Robert Dacy, Mayor Adam Salina and the late Mary Aresimowicz. $50 pp. 860-280-5250 e-mail email@example.com
SATURDAY 9/28: The New Britain Area League of Women Voters (LWV) will hold candidate forums for Common Council and Mayoral candidates beginning at 1 p.m. at Trinity on Main, Main and Chestnut streets (opposite NBPD). The public is welcome to attend.
SATURDAY 9/28: The Connecticut Democratic Party (CDP) holds its 65th annual Jefferson Jackson Bailey Dinner featuring Gov. Dannel Malloy and Cong. Robin Kelly (IL) 6 pm reception and 7 pm dinner at Southington’s Aqua Turf Club. Information Nathan Wilson 860-560-1775; firstname.lastname@example.org. $175 pp
SATURDAY 9/28: The New Britain branch of the NAACP holds its annual Freedom Fund Dinner at CCSU Student Center’s Alumni Hall with a 6 pm social hour and 7 pm dinner. Guest Speaker is Barbara W. DeBaptiste, Commissioner of Permanent Commission on the status of Women. Information contact DTC Member Ronald P. Davis, Branch President. Tel: 860-827-8322 or 860-944-1237
And Looking Ahead…..
MONDAY 9/30 NB Area League of Women Voters’ Board of Education candidates’ Meet and Greet Pasta Potluck at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity on Main, Main & Chestnut Streets. Supper $5 or bring a dish and eat free.
TUESDAY 10/1 Mayoral Debate at 7 p.m. at New Britain High School sponsored by the union representing public school para educators.
FRIDAY 10/4 Democratic Town Committee’s Gathering for the Democratic Slate at the Whinstone Tavern, Stanley Golf course, 6-8 p.m. $25 is suggested donation.
SATURDAY 10/5 Ward 4 Nominee Adrian Baron’s Committee (Baron for New Britain) will hold a fundraising reception at Broad Street’s Belvedere Cafe from 5-11 p.m. The suggested donation is $20
MONDAY 10/7 Ward 2 Alderwoman Tonilynn Collins will hold an after work fundraiser at the Pride of CT Lodge of Elks, Elm Street.
SATURDAY 10/12 Hispanic Heritage Forest (HHF) Dedication 10 a.m…..22 cherry blossom trees will be planted on the cusp of Willow Brook Park on Bugnacki Way: Each tree will represent a Spanish-speaking country and donations to purchase each tree are invited at $200 . Donors names will appear on signage dedicating the HHF. A reception will follow the planting.
SUNDAY 10/13 Democratic Town Committee’s Pasta with Mayor O’Brien at the Generale Ameglio Society’s Bianca Ballroom from 1-4. Tickets $25. Program advertisements welcome.
Republican leaders realize that this is a bad idea, but, until recently, their notion of preaching moderation was to urge party radicals not to hold America hostage over the federal budget so they could wait a few weeks and hold it hostage over the debt ceiling instead. Now they’ve given up even on that delaying tactic. The latest news is that John Boehner, the speaker of the House, has abandoned his efforts to craft a face-saving climbdown on the budget, which means that we’re all set for shutdown, possibly followed by debt crisis.
from “The Crazy Party” by Paul Krugman, New York Times, September 19
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