CBA Members Assist with Protecting the Right to Vote

Written Monday, November 5, 2018

More than 60 CBA attorney members will be on-call to assist with issues that may arise at a polling places this Election Day, as a part of the Connecticut Bar Association Secretary’s Legal Assistance Program (SLAP).

The volunteer attorneys have been trained by the Office of the Secretary of the State to respond to an issue at a polling place to assess the situation, report back to Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill, and then communicate her directives to the voting moderator.

 “[SLAP] has given this office a valuable rapid response capacity to look into Election Day problems. This neutral, nonpartisan program is now a model for the nation for its ability to gather facts on the ground when issues occur,” said Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill at a pre-election press conference.

SLAP was created in 2012 to ensure that no voter is disenfranchised and exemplifies the CBA’s mission to advance the principles of justice and defend the rule of law.

 “So, far over the years, it has been a successful program. We are proud to be a part of it and continue it and protect everyone’s right to vote in this state,” said CBA President Jonathan M. Shapiro.