Bridgeport Needs an Election Monitor!

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Dear Governor Lamont,

We are writing you out of concern for the upcoming 2020 elections. We - the people of Bridgeport - should not have to choose between freely exercising our right to vote and keeping ourselves, our families and communities safe from COVID-19.

Bridgeport’s 2020 elections are our top priority for three main reasons:

  • First, Bridgeport is a COVID-19 hotspot: we have the largest number of confirmed cases in the state.
  • Second, as predominantly a community of people of color, the people of Bridgeport are suffering under the racial disparities of this disease. Black and Latinx people in Connecticut are twice as likely to contract COVID-19 and Black people are 2.5 times more likely to die from the disease than our white counterparts.
  • Finally, the voters of Bridgeport have  - for generations - suffered under absentee ballot abuse, perpetrated by certain partisan political players who want to rig elections to maintain power.  

Our long-term goal is to have Connecticut be a mail-in voting state. However, during this pandemic we understand that expanding access to absentee ballots is the best short-term solution and we applaud that decision. In doing so, we ask that you recognize the need to protect our voting rights by issuing an Executive Order creating an Election Monitor for the City of Bridgeport. 

By issuing this order, we can neutralize any opposition to expanded absentee voting - and protect the people of Bridgeport and the integrity of our elections.

Governor Lamont, we know you care about saving lives and protecting our hard fought and won right to vote. And we know you care deeply about democracy and the integrity of our elections. We ask with one voice that you issue an executive order establishing an Election Monitor for the City of Bridgeport. 

Please act right away. The people of Bridgeport are relying on you.