Denise Merrill

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Voter registration continues to surge in Conn., especially among young adults

Following a national trend, voter registration continues to soar in Connecticut, especially among young voters, who traditionally have weak participation in elections. “It’s tremendous,” said Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill. “I feel like I’ve been waiting all my life for young people to turn out and now they have.” Continue Reading →

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Omnibus has millions to strengthen CT voting system against cyber attacks

WASHINGTON — The massive omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump has signed into law contains $380 million — including up to $5 million for Connecticut — to protect digital voting systems from cyberattacks. Connecticut was one of 21 states targeted by Russian hackers in the 2016 election cycle, but they failed to breach the state’s electoral system. Continue Reading →

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Merrill backs House Dems who fear Trump panel will suppress minority votes

WASHINGTON — Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Tuesday told a panel of House Democrats that she is “alarmed” a voting commission created by President Donald Trump aims to suppress the votes of minorities. “I am really afraid that this is going in the direction where states will purge their (voter) rolls,” Merrill said. Continue Reading →

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CT residents join others who blast White House voting panel

WASHINGTON — Connecticut voters were among those who provided public comment to the White House about the work of its voter fraud commission, and like most of those who weighed in, were highly critical of the effort. Continue Reading →

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CT sought federal help to prevent Russian hacking of electoral system

WASHINGTON — A Department of Homeland Security official on Wednesday said 21 state electoral systems were targeted by the Russians for hacking. Although Connecticut’s system was not among them, the state asked for federal help in shoring up its cybersecurity defenses before last year’s election. Continue Reading →

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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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