This year, issues that impact our neighborhoods, our friends, our families, and our children will need your help. Resources to help you participate in the 2018 elections are listed below. We’ll continue to add to this page as new information is available.
There are several ways you can register to vote, including online or at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Visit the Connecticut Secretary of the State Voter Information website to register to vote, or to find out if you are already registered. You can also see where and how you can vote, including resources on absentee ballots.
Learn about absentee voting. Even if you’re traveling or have an emergency, you can vote. Find absentee ballots here, in both English and Spanish.
Your Town Clerk is another resource to register to vote and apply for and submit an absentee ballot.
Want to see a sample of the ballot you will use to vote with? You can view past ballots here.
Here are some more resources on staying informed for elections:
Get Out the Vote 2018 Grantees
Following an open call for proposals, the Hartford Foundation has awarded thirteen grants totaling $116,565 to area nonprofits dedicated to informing and engaging underrepresented residents of Greater Hartford. The broad array of programs takes a community-based approach, working through neighbors, youth, family centers and libraries to help reach parents and students, returning citizens, LGBTQIA, and first-generation Americans, as well as residents of Hartford’s most challenged neighborhoods. All of the organizations participated in an orientation session, receiving training on nonpartisan voter engagement guidelines from the Office of the Secretary of the State and the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance (the Alliance).
Advocacy to Legacy, LLC has received a grant to target the West Indian population in and near Hartford, recruiting 10-15 youth (age 16-25) volunteers for canvassing in North End Neighborhoods. They will also collaborate with the West Indian Foundation, churches, the West Indian day parade and the National Council of Negro Women to reach membership and attend events to reach 300 residents and register a minimum of 200 voters.
Catholic Charities, Inc. will target residents of the Asylum Hill and North Hartford neighborhoods, using parent ambassadors from its Asylum Hill and Parker Memorial Family Centers. Door-to-door canvassing, community events and partnerships with local churches, daycare centers, etc. will be used to engage at least 300 residents and register a minimum of 200 new voters.
Center for Latino Progress will work in partnership with the Hartford Votes Coalition and Everyday Democracy to train youth ambassadors to engage 300 Latino youth and register a minimum of 200 people, and follow-up with a minimum 100 registered voters as a part of the Get Out the Vote initiative.
CT Community Nonprofit Alliance will provide one-on-one and group technical assistance on how to conduct nonpartisan get out the vote and civic engagement activities for other grantees (including nonmembers of the Alliance). Participating organizations will be invited to attend get out the vote briefings and other relevant events.
Connecticut Students for a Dream, with United We Dream Network, Inc. as a fiscal agent, will engage its network of undocumented, immigrant, and first-generation American youth of color, under the age of 25. This effort will engage a minimum of 300 people who are eligible to vote in mix-immigration status families within the Greater Hartford region, register a minimum of 200 people and follow-up with a minimum of 100 registered voters.
Full Citizens Coalition, with Christian Activities Council as a fiscal agent, will support the Full Citizens Coalition campaign to Unlock the Vote, which seeks to engage previously incarcerated people, people under the supervision of the Connecticut Department of Correction and their families. The Full Citizens Coalition will focus its 2018 voter engagement project in the five neighborhoods of Hartford with the lowest voter turnout: Clay Arsenal, Frog Hollow, Behind the Rocks, Upper Albany, and Northeast. The Coalition will knock on approximately 2,600 doors, interview 600 residents, collect 400 pledges to vote and register 200 voters.
Hartford 2000 will work with the Hartford Public Library to utilize Hartford’s 13 Neighborhood Revitalization Zone boards and the Hartford Public Library’s neighborhood branches to engage a minimum of 500 people, register a minimum of 200 people, and follow-up with a minimum of 100 registered voters.
Hartford Parent University will mobilize and train 25 HPU Parent Leaders who will be out in the field engaging parents to help improve their lives through education and civic engagement. The goal will be to engage at least 300 disenfranchised people over a period of ten months and register a minimum of 100 to vote in the 2018/2019 elections.
Health Equity Solutions will target residents of Greater Hartford, Black, Latino, Native American, LGBTQIA, and youth over the age of 17. Health Equity Solutions will engage a minimum of 750 people, register a minimum of 200 people, follow-up with a minimum 100 registered voters, and incorporate civic education in their work.
Latino Community Services Inc. will target Latinos, African Americans, young adults (18-24), seniors, low-income individuals, Spanish speaking only persons and female-headed households. LCS will use canvassing, events and engagement at its offices and partner organization site to educate at least 300 people, register at least 200 and follow up with 100 people who sign pledge cards.
MARC Inc. of Manchester will target the population it serves-- people with intellectual and developmental disabilities-- as well as their families, employees, board members (over 500 people) and residents in Manchester. MARC will hold four educational seminars, provide rides to the primary and election day, host a voter registration event, and demonstrate accessible voting machines.
San Juan Center, Inc. will target residents of Greater Hartford, with a focus on Latino residents in the North and South ends of Hartford. The Center will engage a minimum of 300 people, register a minimum of 300 people, follow-up with a minimum 500 registered voters.
Upper Albany Neighborhood Collaborative will target residents of Hartford and engage a minimum of 300 people, register a minimum of 200 voters and follow-up with a minimum of 100 registered voters.
GOTV 2018 Events calendar
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