Complete the census. Vote.
United Way of Western Connecticut fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in greater Danbury, greater New Milford, and Stamford. We take actions and provide resources to support strong, healthy and resilient communities.
To solve the crises facing our local communities and our country, people need to be civically engaged, and policymakers must take action that will help workers, children and families.
To accomplish the best for our communities, we need an accurate census count to determine where resources are needed the most, and ensure citizens are registered to vote.
That’s why United Way is joining United Ways across the country to participate in the national United We Count, United We Vote initiative, a non-partisan effort to increase participation in the census and voting.
How can you join in and play an active role in our democracy?
Complete the 2020 census
The 2020 census is a count of every person in every community. But it’s more than just knowing how many people live in each city. The census helps determine the share of political power and federal funding across different communities. Participating in the census is in everyone's best interest, because it helps community leaders and elected officials better plan for our community, from school class sizes and health facilities, to public transit and the placement of grocery stores.
- Help Connecticut Get Counted. The State of Connecticut has an excellent website for the 2020 census.
- Why participate? "The Census is more than a head count. It's how lawmakers decide how much money your community gets for critical services. Without a full count, your school's lunch and special ed programs could get cut. Your fire department could buckle in the face of disaster. And you could see rollbacks in the vital healthcare services that the most vulnerable among us depend on." You can apply to work as a census taker, squash misinformation about the census, and learn other great ways to make sure our state gets counted!
- Did you know you can respond to the Census by mail, phone or online? Learn more at the U.S. government's 2020 census website, and get counted for your community!
- Need your census ID number? The U.S. Census Bureau can help.
Every election helps determine the distribution of critical resources and political representation at the local, state and federal levels. The upcoming election is now different. Voting is not only your responsibility but it’s also your opportunity to show up for yourself, your family, your future and your community.
Note: Connecticut also offers Election Day Registration. You will need proof of identity and residency. >> More details
Resources for Connecticut Voters
- General information about Elections and Voting in Connecticut, including where you can vote, check eligibility requirements, get information for members of the military and other important information
- Register to Vote Online
- List of Local Registrars of Voters, including location, hours of operation and ID requirements
- Dates to Remember
Connecticut's Presidential Preference Primary Election is Tues., Aug. 11, 2020.
Voter Registration Deadlines
- Voter Registration Must Be Received by Thu., Aug. 6, 2020
- In-Person Request by Mon., Aug. 10, 2020 at 12:00PM EDT
- Last Day to Change Party Affiliation is Thu., Aug. 6, 2020
- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot is Mon Aug 10, 2020
- Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot is Tue Aug 11, 2020 (fax)
Connecticut's General Election is Tues., Nov. 3, 2020.
Voter Registration Deadlines
- Voter Registration Must Be Received by Thu., Oct. 29, 2020
- In-Person Request by Mon., Nov. 2, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST
- Last Day to Change Party Affiliation is Thu., Oct. 29, 2020
- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot is Mon., Nov. 2, 2020
- Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot is Tue., Nov 3, 2020 (fax)
Even in these difficult times, we are committed to bringing people together to solve our nation’s greatest challenges and fight for those most in need. We invite every person in every community to join us by pledging to complete the census, registering to vote, and advocating for the health, education and financial stability of your community.