Meet your local candidates, then vote!

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 2:00 PM

Newtown residents are called upon to support their choice of candidates to represent them over the next two (or in a few cases, four) years. While the voice we each have and the role we play in voting for statewide and national races may seem diminished – perhaps even unimportant to some – the Election Day ballot of this year is about Newtown.

Registered voters will not only be asked to determine which neighbors will represent them in many aspects of municipal government, but they will also be asked to authorize an $ 8 million project that, after nearly two decades of deliberation, would complete a complete renovation of the city. HVAC at Hawley Elementary School.

From this issue, and again next week, The bee present the candidate profiles that have been submitted so that voters can better understand the candidates who are running.

For residents who have not yet registered to vote, on October 26, the Newtown Voter Registrars office will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accept voter registrations in person. All applications for registration on the electoral rolls by mail must also be received or postmarked no later than that date.

In addition, for those who are really pressing the deadline, online voter registrations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on that date.

Then on November 1, the Newtown Voter Registration Office will host a voter registration session for those who have turned 18, become U.S. citizens, or have moved to Connecticut since October 26 of this year. This registration session is also open to members of the Armed Forces and former members of the Armed Forces who have been demobilized during the calendar year.

This session will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To check if you are registered visit: https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx – and if you need to register to vote you can register online at https://voterregistration.ct.gov .

These last weeks, The Newtown Bee‘s Letter Hive has been buzzing with activity as dozens of residents and many who run for service or seek re-election wrote. We will continue to welcome qualified letters of approval for the October 29 edition, but The bee will not publish any letter on the Friday before Election Day that makes specific accusations against a candidate, or in any way reports information that may require or invite a rebuttal.

Remember that letters to the editor should be signed and dated and should include the author’s phone number and mailing address for confirmation. Most letters are limited to 500 words in length, while thank you letters and approval letters should not exceed 300 words.

The Publisher reserves the right to refuse any letter; The bee does not warrant the accuracy or any of the statements made in letters to the editor; and the opinions expressed in the letters are those of the author and do not reflect the position of The Newtown Bee.

Finally, letter writers are limited to two letters per month, and the letter deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m., although that will drop to noon from the November 12 edition.

So find out about the candidates, register to vote if you’re not, maybe send Letter Hive a last minute approval, and most importantly – VOTE!

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