08 October 2012

From Black CT: On the Upcoming Election

from Jere Eaton
Black Connecticut Weekly Information

 Keeping It REAL

Many people have contacted me over the past few weeks to participate in interviews.  The reasoning is due to my focus on keeping it REAL and sharing information relevant to “OUR Community”.    A growing population in “OUR Community”, especially young adults are seeking the TRUTH and not buying into the norms and mysteries of the past.

Sunday, I attended a GOTV event at my church in Stamford.  While the key speaker was Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and as expected he was outstanding, very limited activities at the pools will be a result.   Nearly everyone in attendance was already registered and very few left with plans to register new voters.

We need to take the message on the importance of participating in the 2012 to the streets and locations were the young people and ex-offenders frequent.  Unfortunately it is not in the churches or places our grandmothers’ hangout.   To connect with those not registered to vote or planning to vote in November we must go to them and not expect them to come to church or political events.

ALL of US have family members who are registered to vote.  Additionally, we have friends and or children with friends who are not registered.  I am challenging everyone to register at least 10 new voters by October 23.  You can click here to find a printable voter registration form which can be sent to the CT Secretary of the State office at or an on-line form can be complete by clicking here.

The key dates up until November 6 are:
10/5       Absentee ballots become available (31 days prior to election day)

10/23      Final postmark date for mail-in applications

10/30      Last date to register in-person at any Register of Voters office in the state 9am to 8pm

11/5         Deadline for absentee ballots to be returned in-person

11/5         Postmark date for absentee ballots being mailed

11/6         Mailed absentee ballots must be received via mail by 8pm

11/6           All polls open 6am to 8pm  (Those not registered to vote can vote for president at the Registrar of Voters office)

  Can you move forward?
Many people are not sure if they are registered to vote and/or do not know where to vote.  Below is a link that everyone should visit to verify voter status and polling location, along with other links for voter information.

Voter Registration Lookup: http://www.dir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx
Local Registrars of Voters Office by City/Town: http://votesmart.org/elections/offices/CT
CT Voter Registration Form On-Line: https://registertovote.org/forms/register/registration/connecticut.html
 Please share this information with EVERYONE! 

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