Know Before You Go

Staff | November 6th, 2018

Know Before You Go

Politics  |  Arts, Culture & Community  |  Campaign 2018


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One of the works on display at EBK Gallery's VOTE: A Group Show of One Word. Lucy Gellman Photos. 

They’ve staked their turf from tax cuts to criminal justice reform, and stopped to talk to potential arts voters in between. They’ve spoken out, and sometimes sung, on the role of state funding in the arts. They’ve courted the nonprofit spectrum, from health and human services to museums and historic libraries. Now, it’s time to vote for one of them.

In fact, it's time to vote for many of them. 

This morning through evening, voters across the state will be heading to the polls to cast their votes for a race that includes not only governor, but U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state senator, state representative, state comptroller, secretary of the state, treasurer, and attorney general. In the gubernatorial race, Democrat Ned Lamont is running against Republican Bob Stefanowski and unaffiliated candidate Oz Griebel.

Not yet sure who else is on the ballot? Not sure whether yours will be double-sided? Our colleagues at the New Haven Independent have that covered.

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There are also two proposed state constitutional amendments on the ballot. The first would establish something called a “transportation revenue lockbox,” meaning money from state gas taxes and motor vehicle fines would be reserved for Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund (STF) . Read more about that here.

The second would require the General Assembly to hold a public hearing every time it wants to dispose of state-owned property—which it currently does not have to do. At an event earlier this year, New Haven Votes Coalition Founder Aaron Goode praised the measure as a way of enforcing greater environmental responsibility. Read about that here.

In the past months, we’ve also done a fair amount of coverage for the gubernatorial election and Create The Vote CT (use their hashtag #CreateTheVoteCT all day Tuesday), and we’ve included those below. But first, we also wanted to share some last-minute voting tips with readers.

It’s good to have a plan and a buddy! Polls open at 6 a.m. and they close at 8 p.m. If you're registered anywhere in the state but unsure of where you vote, you can look up your polling location here. You can also check out what the ballot will look like before you head over.

In several cities and towns including New Haven, the ballot is double-sided and has vital information on the back. Don’t forget to flip it!

If you still have questions about candidates or the two constitutional amendments, the New Haven Independent and CT News Junkie have done substantial coverage all year. The easiest way to pull up those articles is to search the NHI by the "Campaign 2018" tag.

Here’s some of our previous coverage from this long election season:

Rapper Makes Last-Minute Push For “O.Z. Griebs”
Artists Work To Get Out The VOTE
“Bike The Vote” Wheels Into Election Season
Playlist Drop: Monte Frank Gets The Blues
Playlist Drop: Lamont Grooves From Woodstock To “Oldchella
Urban League To Voters: Enough Is Enough
Can This Rap Save Oz Griebel?
Lamont To Nonprofits: I’m Your Guy
Would Stefanowski Help The Arts?
He’ll Sing For Your Vote
Is There An Arts Voter?
“Five White Guys” Tells A Story Of What Change Could Be
He Won’t Overpromise
Arts Make It Onto The Campaign Trail