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The League of Women Voters Education Fund conducts voter service and citizen education activities. It is a nonpartisan nonprofit public policy educational organization, which:
  • Builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management. Donations to the Education Fund, a 501(c)(3)corporation, are fully tax-deductible where allowed by law.

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Voting in Connecticut

Find out about Candidates' Debates

The state League's Education Fund, LWVCTEF, organizes debates for candidates for the offices of U.S. Senator, Connecticut Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, Attorney General, Comptroller, and Treasurer. League-trained moderators are available. Some local Leagues organize debates every year for each election; check your local League's website.

LWVCTEF Debate Standards & Timelines

Click below for a copy of the LWVCTEF's standards and timelines for organizing debates.
  • Debate Standards
  • Debate Timeline
  • Debate Calendar
  • "Online Voter Guide: In even-numbered years, there will be an online guide to candidates for statewide offices. In odd-numbered years, Local Leagues may have Voters' Guides of candidate profiles for local offices. Local Voters' Guides will be found by way of the Local League sites.

Know Your State and Federal Officials

Maps of Connecticut Voting Districts

Find here the list of maps by the 2011 Redistricting Commission, including all the town maps and statewide maps

Help Maintain Integrity of CT's Elections

2016 Voters' Guide

Fall 2016 Debates

2016 LWV Debates as of Oct. 28, 2016. Every year, debates are added as they become scheduled.

1st Congressional District Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 p.m., at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street: debate between John Larson, Matthew Corey and Mike DeRosa; co-sponsored with Hartford Votes. Parking behind the Library (access from Arch Street) and on the street.

4th Congressional District Sunday, October 23, 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Clune Center, Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road (Route 7): debate for the candidates for U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District (Himes vs. Shaban).

5th Congressional District Thursday, October 13, 7:00-8:00 pm at the Portuguese Cultural Center, 65 Sand Pit Road, Danbury: 5th Congressional District debate between Elizabeth Esty and Clay Cope.

LWV Bridgeport Area Thursday, Oct. 27, debate for Shelton candidates.

LWV Canton Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. at Canton HS auditorium, 76 Simmonds Ave., Canton: 17th district state House (LeGeyt) and 8th district state Senate (Witkos v Pena) candidates' forum.

LWV Cheshire-Wallingford Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 p.m., Cheshire Town Hall: debates for candidates for state Senate districts 13 and 16, and for state House districts 89, 90, and 103.

LWV Darien Tuesday, October 25th, at Town Hall auditorium

LWV East Shore Tuesday, October 18, in Guilford: debate for candidates for the 12th Senatorial District (Kennedy vs. Wilson). Tuesday, October 25, at Evergreen Woods in North Branford: debate for candidates for the 12th Senatorial District (Kennedy vs. Wilson). Now available online via http://bctv.homestead.com/vod.html?_=1457736783650 and via BCTV's home page at http://www.branfordtv.org Thursday, Oct. 27, Fire HQ Community Room, 45 North Main Street, Branford, at 7:30 p.m.: debate for the 102nd State Rep. district (Lonnie Reed vs. Chris Kelly).

LWV Fairfield Wednesday, October 26, Board of Education Center, 501 Kings Highway, 7:30 p.m.: debate for the candidates for state House and state Senate

LWV Greater Hartford There are taped debates that will be shown frequently on WHC-TV public access starting October 12: 18th State House District (Andy Fleischmann vs Rob Levine) 19th State House District (Derek Slap vs Chris Barnes) 5th State Senate District (Beth Bye vs Mark Merrett) Co-sponsoring 1st Congressional District debate (above)

LWV Greenwich Thursday, October 13, Town Hall: debates for state House district 151 and state Senate district 36 candidates.

LWV Hamden-North Haven (The LWV of Hamden-North Haven held a pre-primary debate for the Democratic candidates for the 88th state House district on July 14th, at the Hamden Middle School. No other debates are scheduled.)

LWV Litchfield County Co-sponsoring 5th Congressional District debate (above)

LWV New Canaan Tuesday, November 1st: Candidates Night. The districts covered are General Assembly Districts 125 and 142 and Senate Districts 26 and 36. Kay Maxwell will be the moderator.

LWV Northern Fairfield County Thursday, September 29, WesConn: Meet the Candidates night. Co-sponsoring 5th Congressional District debate (above)

LWV Norwalk Thursday, October 20, debates for state House and state Senate candidates.

LWV Ridgefield Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m.: debate for Ridgefield's state Senate and state House candidates

LWV Southeastern CT Thursday, October 13 at Norwich Free Academy in Norwich. Also, the LWV will assist at a debate sponsored by The Day for two candidates in the 19th Senate District.

LWV Weston Saturday October 8, at 10:30 a.m. to noon: debate for the 135th District candidates (Troy vs. Dunsby) in the Weston Town Hall Meeting Room.

LWV Westport Tuesday, Oct. 25, Westport Town Hall, 7:00 p.m.: candidates' debate

LWV Windsor/North Central Wednesday, November 2, at the Windsor Town Hall from 6:30-9:00 p.m.: Candidates Night, co-sponsored in conjunction with the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and WindsorCTVotes. The public is invited.