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State Needs To Prepare For Elections Held During Pandemic

State Needs To Prepare For Elections Held During Pandemic


Editor, The Cheshire Herald:

 

I’m a senior citizen of Connecticut and I live with moderate underlying health issues. These factors place me in a demographic pool that is at higher risk of contracting and succumbing to COVID-19.

I take seriously the expert advice on social distancing and safety protocols. One thing that concerns me greatly is the question of whether the current status of this pandemic will linger into this November and disrupt our elections.

Wisconsin recently held a presidential primary in spite of stay-at-home orders. If I lived in Wisconsin and was forced to choose between exercising my constitutional responsibility to vote or possibly face death at the hands of this virus, I would have stayed home. Some reports trace a number of new cases of infection back to that voting event.

No one can say for sure that we won’t face the same life-or-death choice here in Connecticut come November, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

November seems far away but changes made right now to our voting procedures could save lives then. Our Governor has the authority to bring changes that could make voting by absentee ballot much easier for everyone, not just the elderly, infirmed and disabled who always face obstacles to cast their votes.

In the interest of saving constituent lives, all of our elected officials should be clamoring for such changes now. If your state representative won’t support such changes, ask them what value they place on your life.

By the grace of God, social distancing could be a distant memory come November, with access to the polls for every voter. No one knows for sure. Shouldn’t we hope for the best but still prepare for the worst?

Talk to your elected officials, starting with your Town Council members. There is no time to waste, with lives at stake.

Harold Jordan

Cheshire


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