Hey guys, the election! If you’re off-campus or an alum and still don’t know where to vote tomorrow, check out Find Your Fucking Polling Place. Just type in your address; it’ll tell you where the fuck you can vote and who the fuck you can vote for, including third-party presidential candidates. It’s that simple.
Voting in Middletown? Cool. Most Wesleyan students will be voting at the Senior Center across from Broad Street Books, which is conveniently only a few blocks from Usdan. Your sample ballot looks like this. If you live in La Casa, Interfaith/Light House, or Full/Writing House, you’re an exception. Your polling place is Macdonough School, where you will have the same ballot as other students, except that your state representative candidates will be different (one of them is a former Wes student), for reasons probably only Elvin Lim understands. Click here to see it. If you need a ride, there will be shuttles going to the polls every ten minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. from the Wyllys Avenue Usdan entrance.
I was going to fill the rest of this post with either an inane rundown of my favorite Mike Gravel–related YouTube videos or an analysis of the Wesleying election poll, which gives Giant Joint more than twice as many votes as Romney, but then Gabriela De Golia ’13 sent in this fairly extensive Guide to the Middletown Ballot for Dummies, which includes senate candidates, local elections, and Middletown ballot questions. (As a disclosure, De Golia is former Vice President of WesDems—this isn’t necessarily a purely objective overview.) Click past the jump for De Golia’s summaries.
As always, this is a crucial election, because if your guy doesn’t win, then the other guy might.
See below for a message from the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee regarding a paid opportunity for students this Monday and Tuesday:
Got four hours to spare? Join us and get out the vote for Senate candidate Chris Murphy, Barack Obama and the Democratic team. The Connecticut Democratic Party is looking to hire canvassers Monday and Tuesday to help get out the vote in Middletown, for which you can earn $10/hour. No car or experience necessary, and training will be provided.
Interested? Email Katie at katie.breslin[at]gmail[dot]com or call 860-316-5114.
HELP GET OUT THE VOTE.
Important message from Zach Dravis ’15 below about helping to get people out to vote on Election Day:
If you’ve been waiting to get involved with one of the most important presidential campaigns of our lifetimes, now is the time! With less than two days until the election, it’s crucial that we call voters in swing states to make this close election a definite win for Obama.
Come to 69 Home Avenue from 5 to 7 PM to make calls to swing states and encourage registered voters to get to the polls on Tuesday. We’ll have a 10 minute training session at the beginning, so come at 5 and stay for however long you can.
No previous experience necessary. Bring your laptop, charger and a pair of headphones. Also, pizza will be provided!
What: phone bank to swing states
Time: 5 – 7 pm
Place: 69 Home Ave
Do you have a celebrity crush on Sandra Fluke, the woman Rush Limbaugh called a “slut” because she supports access to contraception? Do you absolutely love Rosa DeLauro’s style? And do you want to make sure the Senate stays Democratic by having Chris Murphy elected to it?
Well, prepare to have your mind be blown: all three of these people will be in Middletown for a canvass starting on Saturday at 10 a.m., and you can meet them. What better than to help Democratic politicians get elected and meet some celebs?
If you’re interested in going, send an email to gdegolia[at]wes. More info from the Middletown Democrats’ Press Release after the jump.
What: Middletown Democratic Canvass
Who: SANDRA FLUKE, ROSA DELAURO, CHRIS MURPHY, and you
When: Saturday, 10AM
Where: Middletown Democratic HQ, 386 Main Street (2nd floor)
Why you should go: Election Day is 4 days away and you love Sandra, Rosa, and Chris
If you haven’t yet registered to vote or don’t think you will be able to vote by absentee ballot in your home state, the Middletown registrar of voters has extended the final registration deadline because of Hurricane Sandy. You can now register to vote in person until this Thursday at 8 p.m. This means you will have to bring a completed registration form to the Office of the Registrar before that deadline.
To register to vote if you haven’t already:
- Fill out a registration form: instructions on how to do so correctly can be found here.
- Bring it to the Registrar of Voters before 8PM this Thursday — it is located behind Main St. Mall at 245 deKoven Drive, in City Hall.
- Additional information regarding the elections from the Registrar’s website can be found here.
For those of you who missed it, the WSA sent out an extensive email earlier today reminding people that the mail-in deadline to register to vote in Connecticut is this coming Tuesday, October 23rd, along with instructions on how to register to vote. Copied below the jump is the email in full.
On a more personalized note: no joke, everyone, GET OUT AND VOTE. There is more at stake in this election than just the presidential seat (think Senate, House, and future Supreme Court appointees), so whether you vote in Connecticut or your home state, your vote will matter. That being said, be an informed voter when you arrive at the polls on November 6th.
WSA Emails = TL;DR: if you haven’t registered anywhere else yet, or are still waiting on your absentee ballot, seriously consider registering to vote in Connecticut before the October 23rd mail-in deadline (or the October 30th walk-in deadline, at the latest).
Now, for instructions on how to properly get yourself registered to vote:
All those studying abroad, listen up! You can still vote in the November 2012 elections, even if you’re not in the US for this semester. You just need to get on top of your absentee ballot application ASAP. In order to help you with that, here is a message filled with great resources that Wesleying received from a fellow student last week:
Youth Vote Overseas is a site designed to inspire and assist young American voters. They offer a variety of services and voter assistance online. Students can follow them on Twitter here and “Like” them on Facebook here.
Another great resource is the Federal Voter Assistance Program, which can be found online here. The site includes links to online applications for the Federal Post Card Application as well as the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, a backup ballot available if a citizen outside the United States does not receive the regular absentee ballot from their state after having made a timely application.
For additional election-related resources, visit the “Election 2012” campaign page on NAFSA’s Connecting Our World site here.
If you need any additional help, post a comment and we will get back to you ASAP.
An important message from Michael Linden ’15 on behalf on Representative Chris Murphy’s Senate campaign:
The Murphy campaign is seeking a few Wesleyan students to intern for their campaign from now until the November elections at their new Middletown headquarters. Recent polls have shown that Representative Chris Murphy is close to tied with his Republican opponent Linda McMahon, the founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. who is aiming to spend about $100 million on the race in order to essentially buy herself a Senate seat. This is a great opportunity to work on a race that could easily determine who controls the US Senate. If you are interested, contact me as soon as possible and fill out an online internship application here (resume needed). No previous campaign experience is necessary.
Also, the campaign is doing a phone bank at Democratic HQ on Thursday afternoon from 5 to 8PM and is seeking volunteers. Anyone can come for as long as they can, and pizza will be provided. We will be leaving from the PAC entrance at 4:45.
What: internship / phone bank for Chris Murphy
Date: Now until November / Thursday 5 – 8PM (or for however long you can offer)
Place: Middletown Democratic HQ, 386 Main St, 2nd floor (atop New England Food Emporium in the Main Street Market)
Misc: free food
The number of disenfranchised could be in the millions. Don’t be among them.
If you’re a U.S. citizen over the age of 18 and hoping to vote in the upcoming Presidential election, pay close attention: you could very well be disenfranchised (that is, turned away at the polls) if you do not get the appropriate identification documents in order. A recent Huffington Post article basically says it all:
In the last two years, Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed dozens of bills that erect new barriers to voting, all targeting Democratic-leaning groups, many specifically aimed at students. The GOP’s stated rationale is to fight voter fraud. But voter fraud—and especially in-person fraud which many of these measures address—is essentially nonexistent
That about sums everything up, but in case you haven’t yet heard about any of this, here’s the scoop: for the past couple years, states all across the country have been implementing new voter ID laws to supposedly mitigate voter fraud. Fact of the matter is, voter fraud happens at a
staggering negligible amount of less than 0.001% of all votes cast during elections.