Voter Registration Drive

January 31, 2018

To further help the victims of Hurricane Maria who have resettled in Connecticut, Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill joined legislators and community advocates to announce a voter registration drive that encourages Puerto Rican families to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

“Connecticut is happy to welcome our neighbors from Puerto Rico who have moved to Connecticut after Maria, and my office stands ready to help these families join in the civic life of their new communities by registering them to vote,” Merrill said. “U.S. citizens do not lose their right to vote just because they lost their homes to a devastating natural disaster. In fact, by registering to vote in Connecticut, these families will now be able to vote in federal elections, and have more of a say in public affairs.”

The Secretary of the State’s office will facilitate the voter registration drive by working with legislators, local governments, and community groups active in helping newly-arrived Puerto Rican families in Connecticut, identifying and registering eligible voters, and training community organizers to register voters as they provide services to affected families.

“It is imperative that the Puerto Rican hurricane victims seeking shelter in Connecticut retain their right to vote,” said Brandon McGee (D-Hartford), Vice Chair of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. “Voting is the very core of our democratic process and the right of every American, amplifying every single voice. This voting drive will ensure that these citizens have their voices heard.”

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