No time like the present to fill out your 2020 Census. Why is the Census important?
The short answer from the 2020 Census web site is as follows:
"The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more. The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP." To fill out your Census or for more information, go to the Census 2020 website.
Statement of Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on the Date of Connecticut's Presidential Preference Primary
“After consultation with Registrars of Voters, Town Clerks, and the bi-partisan leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly, yesterday I asked Governor Lamont to use his emergency powers to move Connecticut’s Presidential Preference Primary to June 2, 2020, and he issued an executive order to that effect.
My most important concerns are allowing every Connecticut voter to make their voice heard in the selection of the presidential candidates, and ensuring that they are able to cast their ballots as safely as possible.
Moving the primary date is a good first step that will give our hard-working local election officials more time to prepare. Changing an election date is not something we do lightly – it’s a recognition of the severity and the nature of this crisis and, along with my request to temporarily remove restrictive absentee ballot language from the statute, will allow the maximum number of Connecticut voters to participate in the electoral process, even if they wish to avoid gathering in a polling place.” – Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill
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