Senator Tony Hwang Advocates for Youth Involvement in the Election Process

October 19, 2020

Throughout his personal experience as a naturalized US citizen and his public service career, Senator Tony Hwang has led and supported programs that encourage youth participation in government and mentor future leaders.


Today, October 19, 2020 at noon, Senator Hwang joined CT Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz and local leaders at Westport’s Staples High School to announce a statewide virtual election to get students excited and involved with the election process.


More than 50 high school districts – including high school students in the Newtown Public School District – will cast their ballot during the virtual mock election which is being held by the state Department of Education in partnership with the Office of the Lt. Governor. This voter education program is the first of its kind provided by the state.


From Oct. 19 to Oct. 23, students will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for their choice of President. Students will have the opportunity to vote for the same presidential candidates registered Connecticut voters will choose from on Election Day.


“Our youth have the potential to be a powerful voice in our elections, but only if they know how to exercise their right to vote. Through this initiative, we hope to increase students’ interest in voting and give them the opportunity to learn more about this year’s slate of candidates, their policies, and how all levels of government impact every aspect of our lives,” said Lt. Governor Bysiewicz. “After participating in this mock election, students will better understand how to make their voice heard in our democracy, how to get involved in public service, and experience the power of their vote.”


“What a great way to get Connecticut’s future voters to engage by using technology to provide a simulated statewide election.  Students will have the opportunity to experience the right to vote and be heard,” said Sen. Hwang. “This is a great start to learning the importance of becoming informed on national, state, and local issues as well as becoming involved in public service and their communities.”


This initiative will also help teach students about the history of how people in our country were granted the right to vote over the past 100 years. (Like how women have only been able to vote since 1920.)


“My family experienced martial law in Taiwan which prevented people from voting. As a naturalized U.S. citizen, I treasure the right to freely participate in elections,” said Sen. Hwang.


“It is important for all students to note that every person in our country did not always have the right to vote. Each person today, young or old, should not take that right for granted. I am excited for our students to experience their first election in this safe, virtual platform. Get involved and have fun!” said Sen. Hwang.


Sen. Hwang serves as the ranking member of the Higher Education and Employment Opportunities Committee and has championed a number of efforts to help younger residents become invested in their home state.  Also, Sacred Heart University, Sen. Hwang served as one of two “Legislators in Residence” to better involve college students in public service and mentor those aspiring to run for office.