The COVID-19 virus pandemic is now a primary intervenor in our 2020, and possibly 2022, elections rather than a foreign entity. In fact, if the virus blame can be squarely placed on China, rather than a collusion with Russia, then that changes the landscape for the U.S. Presidential election.
But all politics is local (chiefly U.S. politics). Ultimately, voters are most concerned about issues affecting their personal lives and communities, and they vote accordingly.
Recently, Denise Merrill, Connecticut Secretary of State, has proposed procedures for 2020 voter elections. Governor Lamont, and it is presumed, the State Legislature, will determine the outcome of that recommendation. See Merrill’s Proposal: portal.ct.gov/-/media/SOTS/ElectionServices/2020-Voting-Plan-FINAL-DRAFT-May-2-715-PM.pdf?la=en
If Connecticut were to move to mail-in/early/absentee voting options, would you be comfortable or concerned about the outcome of the elections? Those elected will determine the fiscal and physical status of Connecticut going forward.
The media has reported that some incumbents in the Connecticut Legislature, including Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R); House Minority Leader Themis Klarides (R); Representative William Simanski (R), for the 62nd District and Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D), will not run for their current offices again. Will any of them consider a 2022 Connecticut gubernatorial run? They are seasoned politicians who will cite their extensive experience and dedication to public life. How will a growing segment of registered Independent voters view those credentials for either party?
Might Bob Stefanowski throw his hat in again? Or, might there be unidentified candidates with the skill set required for successful leadership who will convince voters that they are a viable alternative to the higher profile roster?
How about if candidates’ pictures were included on the ballots, mail-in or otherwise—would you vote for that?
Susan Patricelli Regan is the Host of CT Valley Views TV, President of Foxfield F.A.R.M. Foundation and former VP of Marketing and Community Trade Relations for DIAGEO N.A.