Denise Merrill

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A political debut generates a buzz in Hartford

Scott Bates took office as Connecticut’s deputy secretary of the state Tuesday in a ceremony that marked him as man to watch in state politics. The job is not a traditional springboard to elective office, but Bates was sworn in by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill in front of an audience, as she noted, composed of “many dignitaries, both foreign and domestic.” Continue Reading →

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Feds to monitor election in Hartford, New Britain, other CT towns

WASHINGTON — Federal monitors will watch elections in Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, New Britain, Farmington, Middletown and Newington on Tuesday. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says they will observe the new voting system for the disabled. Continue Reading →

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We can’t tell you the right way to vote, just the right place

Here are some suggestions gleaned from a pep talk elections officials gave Wednesday, a mix of practical advice and reassurance about the integrity of U.S. elections. It’s a good idea to check where you are supposed to vote – and if you still are registered. If you haven’t shown up in a few years, you may have been “purged” from the rolls and deemed “inactive.” The good news is you can be “restored” on the spot. Continue Reading →

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Fact, fiction and dead voters: ‘There’s never been a case here’

Don’t bother to look for a case of someone voting in the name of the dead at the polls in Connecticut, even if Donald J. Trump frets that 1.8 million dead Americans are still registered to vote. Proven voter fraud is rare here, and it’s never involved impersonation at the polls. Continue Reading →

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Price quits, asks SOTS to give Independent line to GOP’s Carter

John R. Price says he is relinquishing his claim to the Independent Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, a move intended to end an intra-party fight and give Republican Dan Carter the party’s cross-endorsement and a second line on the ballot. But with many ballots printed and optical scanners programmed, is it too late? Continue Reading →

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Bill to allow fewer polling places in primaries back after 4 years

Connecticut’s cities and towns could see small cost savings in future election cycles if lawmakers approve a bill that would allow town registrars to reduce the number of polling places in primaries. It has substantial support, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. Continue Reading →

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No surprises on ballot choices for CT presidential primary

There were no surprises or controversies Tuesday in Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s choices for ballot access in the April 26 primary in Connecticut: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on the Democratic ballot; The Republicans are Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John R. Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald J. Trump. Continue Reading →

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Merrill pitches making voter registration ‘automatic’

With about 30 percent of eligible voters unregistered, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is asking the General Assembly to enable people to automatically register as Connecticut voters when they do business with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Residents who didn’t opt out would be automatically be registered. Continue Reading →

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Judge orders two Hartford polls to stay open an extra half hour

Updated 5:53 p.m.
Two Hartford polling places will stay open an extra half hour tonight, until 8:30, a Hartford Superior Court judge has ruled. Judge Carl Schuman’s order came after a number of Hartford polling places reported delayed openings this morning, preventing some voters in the overwhelmingly Democratic capital city from casting ballots. Continue Reading →

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