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    Thursday, September 28, 2023

    November elections deserve more voter interest

    Shortly, campaigning will begin for municipal elections Nov. 7. In years such as 2023, when the elections are for local offices only (without candidates running for state or national office), turnout has been embarrassingly low. In Connecticut, election turnout in the presidential election of 2020 was 71.5% of those eligible to vote; in the election for state and congressional representatives of 2022, it dropped to only 48.9%. In the municipal election of 2019, the voter turnout in Connecticut was a shameful 33.6%.

    It is sad that in Connecticut, where we pride ourselves on our democracy, so few of us partake of the privilege of voting. The upcoming elections will determine much about the quality of life for those living in southeastern Connecticut. Every citizen should take the time to understand the issues. This election is especially important in my town, East Lyme, because there will be several ballot questions involving the town charter. I helped to compose the proposed update to East Lyme’s charter and support the changes. But, regardless of the outcome, I would like to see a respectable voter turnout.

    Jay Ginsberg

    East Lyme

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