Throughout the month of July, Council 400 has been active in the fight to ensure that voters will be able to cast their ballot safely in November by allowing mail in balloting. After the Governor signed an Executive Order allowing all registered voters in Connecticut to vote absentee in the August 11, 2020 primary elections, 168 of our State’s towns followed the Secretary of the State’s guidelines to ensure ballot boxes were accessible. However, Senator Dan Champagne (D-Vernon) and Town Administrator Michael Purcaro encouraged Vernon to be the one town that did not. This tactic not only made the ballot box inaccessible to workers who are unable to stop by the Clerk’s Office during normal business hours, but was out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Council 400 members jumped into action along with our allies for a car caravan and demonstration outside of Vernon Town Hall. Not even 3 days later, Senator Champagne and Town Administrator Purcaro reversed their position and will comply with the Secretary of the State’s formal instruction to place the federally funded, secure absentee ballot drop box in an outside location that is easily accessible to voters all times.