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Letter: 'Leave the Responsibility to Register to Vote with the Voter'

Resident Kevin Dillon asks citizens to take a look at State Rep. Kim Fawcett's bill No. 6101, 'An Act Requiring Landlords to Distribute Voter Registration Cards.'

Kim Fawcett was my state rep until redistricting. I still get her emails on what she is working on. I read one of her bills, #6101, and wrote her with my views.This bill is an example of government piling on businesses with needless regulations that makes individuals reluctant to invest in a business.

Here is the language in her bill: AN ACT REQUIRING LANDLORDS TO DISTRIBUTE VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS. That the general statutes be amended to provide that when a landlord executes a lease with a new tenant, such landlord shall be required to provide such tenant with a voter registration card.

She wants the State of Connecticut to require landlords, private citizens, to make sure that new tenants have a voter registration card handed to them.

What happened to personal responsibility? Since when has the tenant become incapable of taking care of their own obligations? And why place this burden on a privately held business? We have become a society that is quick to blame others for our failures and shortcomings and we have a government, both federal and local, that endorses and encourages this behavior.

When I relocated to this town, there was nobody there to hold my hand to help me register to vote. And this was before internet. I knew where to go. Town Hall. Dumping this responsibility on landlords -- full disclosure, I recently became one -- is an unnecessary burden, but typical of Democratic thinking. Dump on business.

And what happens if the landlord does not provide the cards. Will there be a penalty? Is this a misdemeanor or felony? Will the landlord have an added burden of getting the tenant to acknowledge they received the card? And what if the tenant has an issue with the landlord and uses this new requirement as leverage against the landlord?

Asking private business to perform a task that should be the responsibility of the individual is bad policy and leads to what we always get from laws that are not well thought out, unintended consequences. I encourage you to contact Ms. Fawcett and strongly suggest that she rescind this bad bill and leave the responsibility to register to vote with the voter.



Kevin Dillon

Jim Eastwood February 22, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Really ?? Are you kidding ?? Thats like Not looking and driving over your own Kid in your driveway !!!!----and not admitting it. What is this country coming to ????
Chuck E. Arla February 22, 2013 at 06:49 PM
BTW, I totally agree that this is "one of the stupider ideas I've ever heard" as Mayor Bloomberg recently said. But in reality Rep. Fawcett's idea is actually half @$$ed. If she wants to go down this path/actually believes it has any merit then why stop at landlords? Why not mandate that at real estate closings that the seller's attorney and realtor both be responsible for providing the same voter registration "service." Of course back in the day people got to town/city hall on their own and signed up --- if they cared enough. Or, local political ward heelers knocked on your door and tried to get you signed up as a voter for their party. So, Rep. Fawcett figures why not ensure maximum Democratic turnout ... at the least effort by the party... and force the private sector to their work for them. Gotta love "fairness."
Ajack February 22, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Bad move on her part. Politically suicidal move. To all government people, look before you legislate... if there is a next time...and there may not be ....please. Her opponent in the next election will surely use this as a talking point.
Ajack February 22, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Yup
R. Ludlowe February 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM
I think that landlords should be given a bounty for every successful voter registration that is submitted through them. $5 for each Democratic registration and $1 for each GOP.
Sandra February 22, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Bring back ACORN.
Jessie Jackson Jr. February 23, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Kim Fawcett should be embarrassed to show her face in public after this. Oh,I forgot she is a Democrat.She and her buddies like R Ludlowe bow to the whims of the manchild in chief,the boy king.The lion of the Ugandan plains.Barack(you didn't make that) Obama.
Mommalookaboobooday February 23, 2013 at 02:14 PM
So is it any wonder that Connecticut is going to hell in a hand basket with idiots like Kim Fawcett swarming over both houses of government?In a sane world,she would be laughed out of Hartford for proposing something like this,but the dolts in this state keep electing dingbats like her.God save the nutmeg state from the likes of her!
KEVIN DILLON February 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM
I wrote this letter because I disagree with Kim on policy issues. I happen to like her as a person. To write comments that make any mention of her family is out of line and uncalled for. We can disagree on bills and policies without stooping to hurtful comments about her family.
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debbie February 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM
I think after they get their registration cards fairfield residents with nicer cars should be required to bring them to the polls and buy them lunch after they successfully voted "D" (no matter whose name was there of course). Then of course they will be bused up to Harford, given a sign to hold up and told to yell that they hate those bad mean guns.
Ajack February 25, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Yup, I agree with you Kevin. Keep it to her political actions. No call to mention anything else.
Donald Borsch Jr. February 25, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Sandra, I thought this was ACORN. You mean it's not?
iamspartacus February 26, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Shocking a bunch of republican water carriers don't want more voters participating in our democracy. I can't believe it! People should be sign up to vote like we signed up for the draft at 18. But then again I believe in democracy I must be crazy.
iamspartacus February 26, 2013 at 07:44 PM
The new republican motto..."guns for everyone...votes for everyone (as long as they who look and think like me)"
Chuck E. Arla February 26, 2013 at 07:53 PM
God forbid anybody should ever have get off their arse and TAKE A LITTLE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Sparty, since you are so committed to participatory democracy why don't YOU take it upon yourself to deliver voter registration info to all of our new Fairfielders?? BTW, we do not live in a democracy; we live in a Republic.
Ajack February 26, 2013 at 09:05 PM
My relatives and friends walked into their local draft board and enlisted.No one drove them, no law telling their employer, landlord, etc. that they had to do it for them. They wanted to serve. If someone wants to vote, then go and do it, walk in and sign up.No one is stopping them. This is a blind attempt , by legislators who have sworn to 'serve' the people, to get new voters ( likely Democratic) for their constituency. Again , all parties who suggested this should be ashamed and be remembered for this attempt at using their assigned power to write 'laws' for their own purpose. Shame on all parties here.
R. Ludlowe February 26, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Let's not make this a partisan issue. both sides play games like this, both sides have thousands of people "move" to Ohio every election season. the recent remapping of districts in Fairfield was a GOP attempt to redistrict in favor of Republican votes. Both sides do this, always have, always will. I happen to think that this latest 'landlord' attempt is particularly slimy.
Hank Kimble February 26, 2013 at 09:17 PM
hey iamsparticus,judging by the the lack of common sense in your posts,i think you should change your sign in to iamstupidist.
Hank Kimble February 26, 2013 at 09:20 PM
hey nitwit,dont you proof read your posts?
iamspartacus February 27, 2013 at 02:54 PM
R Ludlowe, yes both sides Gerrymander and play games in voting. You mention Ohio I counter with the theft of the 2000 election. Democrats in voting manipulations bring a knife to the republicans gun fight. The only party that actively tries to legislate voter surpression is the GOP. Secondly the same cries came from the right when Motor Voter was used to increase voter registration. Why is it that we don't want everybody to vote, the answer for the right is simple if more people vote they lose. Ajack: yes we went to the draft board by the force of law not free will, are you suggesting we make it the law to register? Kimble: you are very witty...dimwitty but witty
iamspartacus February 27, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Chuck yes it is a Republic and our representatives are elected democratically. and kimble that is not nice to call chuck a nitwit
iamspartacus February 27, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Who needs ACORN when you can have the Supreme Court just give you elections?
iamspartacus February 27, 2013 at 03:03 PM
and Chuck I have worked on many GOTV drives..I believe in democracy in our Republic
Beth Minerva February 27, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Aren't you the one who is constantly writing about sharing kindness and being a good neighbor? You might want to take your own advice. Your comments are disgusting and should be removed.
Sandra February 27, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Spartacus- We all want fair elections. So you agree with Fawcett's proposal?
Mr. Drucker February 27, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Hey iamstupidist,I don't need to be lectured to by a semi-literate,left-wing bed wetter with a G.E.D.
iamspartacus March 03, 2013 at 01:44 AM
At least drucker/kimble I don't have a split personality disorder...who are you again? zero
DM March 11, 2013 at 03:21 PM
If you don't know how to register to be able to vote well then.....
B.Rose March 11, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Then you're probably a Democrat.

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