New18 Public Hearing a Success!
The New Haven Board of Aldermen’s Youth Services Committe held a public hearing on Wednesday, August 31st, to generate a public discussion about whether the State of Connecticut should lower its voting age to sixteen. The hearing was scheduled so that the Committee could decide whether to ask the full Board of Aldermen to place the voting age question on the November ballot as a non-binding...
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Amend the Connecticut Constitution: Let 17 year-olds vote in general elections!
New18 Meets with New Haven Board of Aldermen's...
On Wednesday, July 27th, members of the New18 Campaign met with State Representative Roland Lemar and the New Haven Board of Aldermen’s Youth Committee at City Hall to discuss youth voting rights in Connecticut. Alderwoman Bitsie Clark, chair of the Youth Committee, placed the item on the Committee’s agenda after reviewing the policy proposal that the New18 Campaign submitted to the...
New18 Youth Rally a Success
On Tuesday, July 5th, the New18 campaign held a youth rally on the New Haven Green to show their support for lowering the voting age in Connecticut. After the rally, several members of the campaign attended the monthly Board of Aldermen meeting at City Hall to see whether the Board would discuss the policy proposal that the campaign submitted to the Board on June 30th. Reporters from New...
New Campaign Logo!
The New18 campaign thanks Inclusive Design & Development for designing its new campaign logo.
New18 meets with Alderman Justin Elicker
On Monday, June 20th, members of the New18 campaign spoke with New Haven Alderman Justin Elicker (Ward 10-D). Mr. Elicker - one of only four aldermen who have responded to the New18 campaign - suggested that members of the campaign speak with state legislators in order to spur greater statewide debate about the voting age. He also offered to provide members of the campaign with copies of old Board...
New18 Campaign Poster
New18 Campaign Poster, by Ally Hansen (2011)
Deputy Secretary of State meets with New18...
On Thursday, June 16th, the second highest ranking election official in Connecticut spoke with members of the New18 campaign at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven. Deputy Secretary of State James Spallone, an expert in election administration, met with students to discuss the legal and logistical aspects of their policy proposal. He explained that Connecticut state law...
New18 Op-Ed Published in Hartford Courant
On Wednesday, June 8th, the Hartford Courant published an op-ed written by three members of the New18 campaign. The authors are students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven. Check out the op-ed here. The New Haven Independent re-published the piece on Thursday, June 9th. ...
New18 campaign meets with Alderman Marcus Paca
On Tuesday, June 7, members of the New18 campaign met with Marcus Paca (D-24) of the New Haven Board of Aldermen. Mr. Paca spoke about the importance of youth activism in local politics and recalled his own experience working on political campaigns as a high schooler. Although the New18 campaign has now reached out to all thirty members of the New Haven Board of Aldermen to discuss youth...
New18 receives advice from Common Cause in...
On Thursday, June 2, 2011, members of the New18 campaign met with Kim Hynes, a senior organizer with Common Cause in Connecticut. Ms. Hynes visited students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in downtown New Haven and discussed her experience working as an advocate for election reform at the state level.
New18 Press Conference at New Haven City Hall
On Friday, May 27th, a group of students from Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School met with members of the press on the steps of New Haven City Hall and announced their plan to advocate for a lower voting age in local elections. The New Haven Independent and the New Haven Register both covered the event. Although both news outlets buried their coverage of the New18 event in larger...