June 2010

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Merrill, Garcia discuss contributions, increasing participation, and DeRosa’s exclusion from debate

Bysiewicz criticized for lackluster voter participation efforts

“With so many candidates and campaigns coming to a head in August, one would think the chief elections officer, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, must be busy educating registered voters…Bysiewicz is apparently visiting newspapers asking them to get out the word about this. Her office needs to do much more than that.”

Hartford Courant Editoral Board interviews SOTS primary candidates

We applaud the Courant for conducting and making these interviews public. We note a strong emphasis on the elections role of the Secretary of the State (SOTS) – too often we have seen an emphasis by candidates on the business registration aspects of the job. The strong concerns of the Editorial Board seem to be saving money in election administration and increasing turnout. We note however, a shortage of questions and concern on voting integrity, ballot access, serving those with disabilities, and the education of election officials.

Connecticut makes a good MOVE

Along with Secretary Bysiewicz, we applaud the Legislature’s prudent choice to avoid risky Internet, fax, and email voting schemes.

Video: Denise Merrill visits the Glastonbury DTC

SOTS Candidates Forum, Hartford Public Library

Given the time constraints and the alternatives to learning about the candidates, it was a very useful event. Much more informative than the single candidate speaking event. More relevant than the stiffer highly public televised “debates” with canned questions from the mainstream media. There was a lively discussion of a wide range of relevant issues. We would like to see more events like this, with more time for questions, more of the public present and engaged – with all the candidates welcome.

New London cure? – Something old and something new: Strong Mayor and Instant Runoff Voting?

We don’t know enough about the operation of New London to know if a strong mayor or council manager form of government would work best, but we note a tendency for people, when they are dissatisfied with their government or the results of the last election to try any cure that sounds like it would help. Something akin to “fighting the last war”.

Not Nominated: Registrar and Deputy Resign

The Norwich Day: Norwich Democratic registrar and deputy resign <read> Democratic Registrar of Voters Nancy DePietro and her deputy, Carol Cieslukowski, submitted their resignations today, effective immediately. DePietro, who has served in the post uncontested for 10 years, was not endorsed for re-election during a Democratic Town Committee caucus in May. The party endorsed political […]

How’s that votie integrity thing goin’ for us?

Following the mainstream media reports on Tuesday’s elections we learn: Two CEO-Business-Women won CA Republican Primaries. Most incumbents are in trouble. Yet, in Arkansas out-of-state-far-left-and-labor-supported Bill Halter was defeated by incumbent Sen Blanche Lincoln. [Apparently Lincoln had no out-of-state support or significant funders of note].

From reading local papers and watching news channels we get the impression that there were no election glitches to worry about either.

Jonathan Harris drops primary bid

“It is critical that civic engagement in our state continues to thrive and that we have a renewed commitment to growing businesses and creating jobs. Democrats are well-positioned to make sure both of these goals are reached, and I look forward to helping the party in any way that I can.”.

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