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Early Voting in CT

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Stratford Library Hosts Registrars
Sunday, March 24th, from 2-3:30 P.M.
Library Lovell Room
Free and open to the public

Town of Stratford Registrars Lou DeCilio (R) and Jim Simon (D) will present a talkback forum on the new early voting laws in Connecticut. About 60 percent of Connecticut voters approved a ballot question last November to allow Early Voting. Simon and DeCilio will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how Early Voting is expected to operate.

Will Early Voting last two days — or two weeks? Will you go to your normal polling place — or to one centralized location? What safeguards will be in place to prevent someone from voting early … and also voting by absentee ballot. Voters are invited to come and ask questions about voting and elections in Stratford — and learn how one can apply to be a paid poll worker next fall.

Lou DeCilio attended Stratford High School and went on to the University of Bridgeport where he graduated in 1991 with a double major in accounting and marketing and a minor in psychology. A believer in the strength of community volunteering, DeCilio has volunteered and supported organizations like Sterling House Community Center, Pony Baseball, Pop Warner Football, Little League Baseball, the South End Community Center and a plethora of other charitable and community driven organizations. He served as Stratford’s Sixth District Councilman from 2001-2004, and volunteered on numerous committees and commissions associated with local government. He served as the Vice President of Connecticut’s Registrar of Voters Association from 2015-2019 and currently holds the position on ROVAC as an Auditor for the last two years. DeCilio also currently serves on Stratford’s Arts Commission, the Boothe Park Commission and as Chairman of the Stratford Republican Party. He has been the town’s Republican Registrar of Voters for 18 years.

Dr. James Simon is in his third year as the Democratic Registrar of Voters in Stratford. He has had a long and varied career. After graduating from Stratford High School, he spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter covering politics, and was then hired as Assistant Secretary of the Environment in Massachusetts. Simon also worked in the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis. He went back to school and was awarded a PhD degree in public administration at Arizona State. He taught journalism in college for 25 years, including 18 years at Fairfield University, and later he became Dean of Fairfield’s College of Arts and Sciences. Simon was named a national journalism “Teacher of the Year,” and he is the co-author of the book, Environment Reporters in the 21st Century.

Early Voting in CT” will be held Stratford, CT.  For further information visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org or call the Library at: 203.385-4162

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