READY FOR 2012 ELECTIONS! CT CHANGES PROPOSEDELECTION
2008 CAME TO AN END: Election
matters and voter fraud around the U.S.A. (and progress to "clean"
Fall Conference 2015: "Voter Fraud and Voter Suppression" Oct. 24, 2015 video link: https://vimeo.com/143744331
This topic is being presented in two "Fall Conference" presentations - starting with the Oct. 24, 2015 Darien Library one!
Democratic Party, Election Regulators Get Their Day In Court
by Christine Stuart
Oct 27, 2015 5:30am
Timely! Read more here: http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/democratic_party_election_regulators_get_their_day_in_court/
Back to the bad old days?
Spooked by outside dollars, Senate allows unlimited spending by parties
By Mark Pazniokas Monday, June 03, 2013
Sen. Anthony Musto, who led the debate for new campaign finance rules,
conferring with a senior Democratic staffer involved in their drafting,
Under legislation approved early Tuesday on a partisan vote in the
Senate, state parties would be able to make unlimited expenditures on
Connecticut legislative races next year, weakening a campaign finance
reform passed in 2005.
The Senate voted 21 to 14 for final passage of legislation intended to
tighten disclosure rules on independent expenditures, while expanding
the role of the parties in legislative races. The House passed the bill
Saturday, 71 to 59...story in full: http://ctmirror.org/
Sec'y of the State Denise Merrill
Malloy, Merrill back easier registration,
Mark Pazniokas, CT MIRROR
January 16, 2012
As ballot access grows tighter in many states in the run up to the 2012
presidential election, Connecticut's governor and top elections
official said today they will try to streamline voter registration and
ease access to absentee ballots.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he backs Secretary of the State Denise
Merrill's call for legislation and a constitutional amendment necessary
to modernize antiquated election rules and increase voter participation.
Nearly one-third of eligible voters are not registered, barely 30
percent of registered voters turned out in last fall's municipal
elections and only 57 percent voted in 2010, when Malloy won the
closest gubernatorial election in a half-century...story in full: http://ctmirror.org/
Needs Of Voters Must Come First
Letter tot he Editor, Hartford
December 31, 2005
Sandra Hutton Russo, president of the Connecticut Town Clerks
Association [letter, Dec. 24, "No Need To Extend Deadline"], dismissed
calls for the state to slow down and take a more careful look at all
available voting machine technologies as the "misguided desires of a
small group." In her attempts to discredit critics, she ignores the
fact that other larger groups, along with The Courant's editorial
board, have made similar calls for action to the secretary of the
state. These groups include the Registrars of Voters Association of
Connecticut, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and the
League of Women Voters.
Although being fair to bidders is a
worthy objective, it is trumped by the needs of taxpayers and voters
for fair, accurate, accessible, affordable and efficient elections.
Bidders responding to the request for proposals were aware of its
provisions for change by the secretary of the state. The RFP that was
issued focused only on the Help America Vote Act's accessibility
requirements. The RFP process is being bypassed entirely for the
additional systems to replace the lever machines. Never were vendors
asked to propose complete solutions for Connecticut's voting needs.
Despite the secretary's good-faith
effort to provide people with disabilities the chance to vote without
needing assistance, the technology emerging from the state bid process
fails to achieve that goal. All three machines demonstrated serious
accessibility deficiencies and arguably do not fully comply with HAVA's
The secretary should continue to
follow the good-faith efforts of many of her counterparts around the
country as they work to delay the process in order to develop and
acquire more accessible, more reliable and more cost-effective
The writer is a member of TrueVote
Connecticut, a nonpartisan advocacy group.