February 18, 2020

Dear Members of the Trinity College Community,

We want to take a moment to encourage everyone in our community to register and to vote. No matter who we are or which side of the aisle we fall on, as citizens in a democracy, voting is our singular privilege and responsibility.

In this spirit, the college established TrinVotes!, a group of students, staff, and faculty charged with boosting the college’s voter registration and participation. TrinVotes! is part of the NESCAC Votes ALL IN Challenge, a larger effort that hopes to encourage and increase student civic engagement.

If you want to register, check your registration, get absentee-voting information or ballots from your home state, or find out deadlines or any other voter information, go to vote.org, a national online resource for voters. This site is particularly helpful if you plan to vote absentee.

TrinVotes! wants you to know about a couple of upcoming events:

  1. March 3 Super Tuesday Watch Party and Voter Registration—March 3 is Super Tuesday, when 15 states will hold primaries. Traditionally, it is a pivotal day in the primary season and of interest to anyone who follows politics. Super Tuesday returns and news can be fast and furious, and TrinVotes! will sponsor a viewing party in Vernon Social. There also will be a voter registration table.
    Details to follow soon!
  2. April 28 Connecticut Presidential Preference Primary—In Connecticut, primaries are open to voters
  • who are registered with a party affiliation
  • who are registered in the town where they reside or wish to vote
    For Trinity students who have registered to vote in Hartford, the polling place is located across Broad Street at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) in the Learning Corridor. Get more information from the Connecticut secretary of state.
    Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In the lead-up to the election in November, TrinVotes! will sponsor a number of other events and efforts to encourage as many of us as possible to make our voices heard at the ballot box. Follow TrinVotes! on Instagram. If you have questions about TrinVotes!, please feel free to contact Carlos Espinosa (carlos.espinosa@trincoll.edu) or Joe Barber (joseph.barber@trincoll.edu).

Whether you are voting here in Connecticut or in your home district by absentee ballot, whether you lean blue or red, exercise your right: REGISTER AND VOTE!

Sincerely,

Joanne Berger-Sweeney
President and Trinity College Professor of Neuroscience

Trinna Larsen ’20
President, Trinity Student Government Association