Secretary of the State Denise Merrill Joins NASS in #TrustedInfo2022 Voter Education Effort
HARTFORD – Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, joins fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in the #TrustedInfo2022 education effort to encourage citizens to look to their state and local election officials as the trusted sources of election information. In Connecticut, the office of the Secretary of the State, the town clerks, and the registrars of voters, of both parties in each of Connecticut’s 169 towns, are the election officials who can provide reliable information to Connecticut’s voters. Visit myvote.ct.gov for more information about Connecticut’s elections.
“With the 2022 elections fast approaching, it is important to remember that election officials are the trusted sources for accurate election information,” Secretary Merrill said. “Connecticut and American elections are free, fair, and secure, and I will continue to fight election misinformation and ensure that American elections remain trustworthy for every voter.”
The nation's Chief Election Officials, along with local election officials are continuously working to inform Americans about the elections process, including voter registration, state election laws, polling place locations, post-election processes and much more. Although election misinformation has seemingly become a fixture on social media, Connecticut’s election officials are committed to combatting this misinformation and ensuring that Connecticut citizens know how they can register, vote, and make their voices heard.
In 2020, Connecticut used federal and grant funding to combat misinformation by running the Connecticut’s first, comprehensive, statewide multimedia voter education campaign. Using broadcast and cable television, satellite and terrestrial radio, as well as online and mobile advertising, Secretary Merrill was able to get voters the information they needed in order to participate in the 2020 election despite changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of the Secretary also used federal funding to hire a misinformation specialist for the duration of the 2020 election to identify, report, and combat election misinformation found online and in social media. Working with federal law enforcement and the various social media platforms, the Office of the Secretary and the misinformation specialist were able to quickly find and remove election misinformation before it could spread.