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Registrars Stepping In For Final ‘Friday Forums’ Webcast



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The final segment of The Newtown Bee’s “Friday Forums” web series October 30 will host Newtown’s Registrars of Voters Erica Canfield (R), and LeReine Frampton (D).

The two local top elections officials, who are each running unopposed on the November 3 ballot, will drop in via Zoom for the planned Facebook Live session that will also be archived for viewers and readers on The Bee’s YouTube channel.

The abbreviated segment will cover the most important points that residents need to know if they are planning to cast their ballots in person on Election Day. A series of measures aimed at protecting both voters and poll workers was already successfully rolled out for the primary elections earlier this year, and the registrars will explain how those and other measures will apply at the various polling locations in town.

This installment, the final of five presented by The Newtown Bee this election season, along with a separate informational video about absentee voting featuring Town Clerk Debbie Halstead, were produced to help inform voters about the State General Assembly candidates and modified voting procedures put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The October 30 webcast is scheduled to go live on Facebook at noon, and should run approximately 15 minutes. Anyone with specific questions for the registrars exclusively about Election Day matters can forward them to Associate Editor John Voket for consideration via e-mail — send them to john@thebee.com with “Friday Forums question” in the subject line.

“As someone who grew up in a family that was passionate about voting rights and promoting this privilege we are all entitled to as citizens, I’m pleased to be closing out our 2020 run of Friday Forums with Newtown’s two registrars,” Voket said. “This election season has brought never-before-anticipated challenges for voting officials as well as citizens, and I’m glad we are able to help explain what voters in Newtown should expect when they cast their votes at the polls this November 3.”

Questions for the registrars are due by 5 pm on October 29.

Anyone who missed the absentee balloting video or previous Friday Forums, which hosted the candidates running for the 28th State Senate District, and the Second, 112th, and 106th House Districts, can access them at youtube.com/user/thenewtownbee.

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