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News from State Senator Terry Gerratana

January 27, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Connecticut Scores Major Improvement in Voting Access

On the heels of a new report about increased voter participation in Connecticut comes more good news for our democracy.

Rock the Vote"Rock the Vote," which is the largest nonprofit and nonpartisan organization in the United States driving the youth vote to the polls, has just released a scorecard which shows that--after Democrats instituted needed voting reforms in 2011--Connecticut's access to voting score nearly tripled, from a 4.2 to an "impressive" 11.2.

"In 2011, Rock the Vote identified a number of areas related to voting access that were crying out for improvement in Connecticut," Rock the Vote President Ashley Spillane said. "However, by introducing online voter registration, same day registration and other programs, the past four years has been time well spent. There's obviously more to do, but we're pleased that Connecticut has come such a long way."

The improved access to voting score comes shortly after TrendCT.org reported that nearly 40,000 state residents have used Connecticut's new online system to register to vote since Democrats in the legislature passed "An Act Concerning Voting Rights." The online registration option took effect in 2014.

TrendCT reports that in 2014, nearly 24,000 Connecticut residents registered to vote using the new system, and another 17,000 used it in 2015; nearly 42 percent of those who registered online in 2014 were between the ages of 18 and 29.

Fighting Fraud in Connecticut

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The state of Connecticut launched a new website, FightFraud.ct.gov, to enhance our efforts to stamp out the fraud and waste that cost our state millions of dollars each year. I encourage you to have a look at the website, which provides examples of fraud that have been detected and investigated, and makes it easier for state residents to report any suspicious activity that they feel may constitute fraud.

Since November 2013, the state has identified and recovered tens of millions of dollars in funds from fraudulent practices in the multi-billion dollar Medicaid program, by enhancing the state's False Claims Act and hiring a high-tech firm to help detect patterns of Medicaid fraud. This new website hopes to enhance our fraud fighting efforts by crowdsourcing detection and reporting.

Are You on the Big List?

CT Big ListTens of thousands of Connecticut residents currently have unclaimed property in the possession of the state which they are eligible to claim at any time, free of charge. Individuals can quickly check for their own unclaimed property at www.ctbiglist.com at no cost.

The money can include dormant balances in savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, commissions or wages, and other financial assets that have been forgotten.

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Senator Terry Gerratana, Legislative Office Building, Room 3000, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
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