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Voting Rights: Threats and Opportunities in 2018, Sunday, September 17, Fairfield Museum & History Center. Reception 2:30 PM. Presentation and Q&A, 3:00-4:30 PM.

Voter suppression is back. And it is as outrageous as it is indefensible. Our September fall event this year supports the League's top priority for 2017: Fighting Voter Suppression.

Sunday, September 17, Max Feldman, Voting Rights Team counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice will lead the program. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. It is at the center of the fight to preserve and expand the right to vote for every eligible citizen. Through practical policy proposals, litigation, advocacy, and communications, the Brennan Center works to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all Americans.

In explaining the League's focus on fighting voter suppression, Lloyd Leonard, Senior Director of Advocacy, for the League of Woman Voters, said, "Across the country, legislators and election officials in many states are working to stop eligible voters from voting, or to make it much harder for them to participate in our democracy. The League remains committed to fighting suppression tactics that threaten our democracy and the right to vote."

We are excited to bring this event to Fairfield. This is one of the most important topics of our time. Learn more, understand more. Be better prepared as a citizen. Hope to see you there!

News

Fairfield League of Women Voters April 2nd Public Information meeting on GE got excellent local news coverage. Read all about it:

From The CT POST: "Kleban `aggressively' pursuing acquisition of GE property"
By Genevieve Reilly Updated 10:23 am, Monday, April 4, 2016

First Selectman MichaelTetreau,
center, talks with Ken Keban,
president of Kleban Properties, left,
and Economic Development Director
Mark Barnhart before the start of a
League of Women Voters forum
Saturday on the future of the General
Electric property.

FAIRFIELD -- A new vision for the General Electric headquarters property, with elements ranging from a software design center to education and recreation facilities to restaurants and hotels, is taking shape for the Easton Turnpike campus after the corporate giant moves to Boston, according to the president of the real estate investment firm "aggressively" trying to acquire the site. Read more at the CT POST You will be leaving this website.

From The MINUTEMAN NEWS CENTER: "Kleban discusses big plans for GE site"
Residents listen to speakers
at the forum. (Minuteman Staff photo)

As town officials and residents continue to be hungry for answers regarding the future of the GE property, the League of Women Voters organized a forum Saturday morning that aimed to answer some of the questions about purchases and plans.

Along with First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Mark Barnhart, Fairfield community and economic development director, Ken Kleban, president of Kleban Properties, which is vying to be the frontrunner in purchasing the property, shared about his company's plans for development. Read more at the MINUTEMAN NEWS CENTER You will be leaving this website.

Yea! Fairfield Wins 2014 "Democracy Cup" as City with Highest Voter Turnout
 Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced the winners of the 2014 "Democracy Cup" for the highest voter turnout percentage in the 2014 general election with Fairfield being the winning city at 56.96%. The award is given annually to the small, mid-sized, large towns and city with the highest voter turnout on Election Day. This was an improved number for Fairfield in non-Presidential state election year turnout. Small, mid-sized, and large town winners were Cornwall (74.77%), Guilford (71.16%), and Glastonbury (68.96%) respectively. State-wide 55.57% of eligible voters turned out. We modestly think our 2014 Get Out the Vote Fairfield program was a contributor but with a 57% voter turnout there is more work ahead for us.