HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut voters won't be asked anytime soon to change the state's constitution to allow early voting.
While a resolution that would have put the question on the...
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town saw 77 voters' ballots rejected due to a poll worker's incorrect instructions to voters.
The Connecticut Post reports the State Elections Enforcement...
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State officials are commending four Connecticut communities that all saw over three-fourths of their voters go to the polls last November.
Elections commission looks into 18 possible elections issues
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The State Elections Enforcement Commission plans investigations into more than a dozen alleged election issues in Connecticut.
Feds, Connecticut reach deal on identifying voters who died
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal officials say they've reached an agreement with Connecticut on the state's process for identifying registered voters who have died, in an effort to prevent voter fraud.
The Justice Department announced the "memorandum of understanding" Friday. The agreement calls for state election officials to coordinate with the state Public Health Department to remove dead people from the voter database — as required by federal law.
5 Democratic lawmakers will not take oath on opening day
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Five Democratic Connecticut lawmakers will not be taking the oath of office when the new General Assembly opens.
Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Wednesday she's received resignation letters from Senators Beth Bye of West Hartford, Terry Gerrantana of New Britain and Tim Larson of East Hartford. All three are taking jobs in Democratic Gov.-elect Ned Lamont's new administration.
More lawmakers opting for jobs in Lamont administration
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More Connecticut lawmakers will not take the oath of office when the legislative session opens, instead opting for jobs in Gov.-elect Ned Lamont's administration.
Lamont is nominating a fellow Democrat, East Hartford Sen. Tim Larson, to lead the Office of Higher Education, which handles financial aid matters and independent colleges, universities, and postsecondary career schools. Larson has served in the Senate since 2015.
Connecticut businesses warned of fake state filing scam
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut businesses are being warned about a bogus mailing from "Workplace Compliance Services" claiming a payment is required under state law.
The fate of a Connecticut legislative seat remains in limbo
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of Connecticut's legislative races remains in limbo.
A Superior Court judge has sided with the Republican Party and agreed to issue a temporary restraining order that blocks Secretary of the State Denise Merrill from declaring a winner in Stratford's 120th Assembly District.
While a recent recount showed Democratic Rep. Phil Young defeated Republican challenger James Feehan by 13 votes, the tally is in doubt because at least 75 voters were given the wrong ballots.
Recounts ordered in 4 Connecticut legislative races
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The final makeup of the new Connecticut General Assembly remains unclear.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office announced Thursday there will be four recounts, triggered by close tallies. The list includes the seat held by Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM'-oh-wits) of Berlin. His district also includes Southington.
Initial results from The Associated Press show Aresimowicz with a 37-vote lead over Republican Michael Gagliardi.
A look at top races on the 2018 Connecticut ballot
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two businessmen are locked in a tight race for governor, an acclaimed educator is looking to become the first black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress, and each major party is hoping to seize control of the deadlocked state Senate.
Election officials say steps taken to improve cybersecurity
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut election officials say steps have been taken to protect to the integrity of the vote next week.
Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Thursday her office has been working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and the State Election Enforcement Commission to provide an additional layer of security to Connecticut's election cybersecurity infrastructure.
Final day to register to vote before Election Day approaches
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The final day to register to vote in Connecticut before Election Day is fast-approaching.
Potential voters have until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday to register at www.myvote.ct.gov/register . Tuesday also marks the deadline for potential voters to register in person at their local town hall, the state Department of Motor Vehicles or other state agency by the close of business.
Republicans find replacement candidate in state House race
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republicans have found a new candidate for Connecticut's General Assembly after the original one withdrew following criticism over comments he made online about victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Merrill warns of possible voter registration scam
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Secretary of State Denise Merrill is warning Connecticut voters about a possible scam involving fake voter registration phone calls.
The Democrat says the calls claim to be from TurboVote, which she describes as a reputable voter registration organization. She says the group has confirmed it is not making the suspicious phone calls from people asking to register voters over the phone or arrange for an absentee ballot.
Connecticut beefing up election cybersecurity infrastructure
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State officials have unveiled a plan to strengthen Connecticut's election cybersecurity infrastructure.
MASHAN TUCKET, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the Connecticut Republican state convention (all times local):
Connecticut Republicans have endorsed candidates for Attorney General and Secretary of the State, hoping to break the longtime Democratic stronghold on those seats.
Delegates at Friday's state convention backed Pomfret nurse and attorney Susan Hatfield for attorney general and former New Fairfield First Selectman Susan Chapman for secretary of the state.
- The News-TimesWhere I Stand Support bill for early voting in stateApril 28, 2019
- Connecticut Post77 voters were rejected in poll worker errorMarch 6, 2019
- Greenwich TimeMerrill makes the case for early voting at Greenwich talkMarch 4, 2019
- Connecticut PostThousands of parolees could gain voting rightsFebruary 27, 2019
- Connecticut PostState investigates 18 electionsFebruary 27, 2019
Bill that could lead to early voting clears House
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The House of Representatives has approved legislation that could eventually lead to early voting in Connecticut.
House members voted 81-65 on Thursday in favor of a resolution that would ask voters to amend the state's constitution to allow people to cast their ballots before Election Day. The bill now moves to the Senate.
Before 2018 election, Connecticut aims to improve election cybersecurity
HARTFORD — Secretary of the State Denise Merrill gathered federal, state and local officials for a meeting Monday to work on strengthening Connecticut’s election cybersecurity before ballots are cast in November.
“2018 will be one of the most closely watched elections in our nation’s history,” said Merrill. “We are going to ensure through this task force the people in Connecticut know every vote will be counted, every voice will be heard.”
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is receiving $5.1 million from the federal government to help secure the state's voter registration system.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced the funding on Friday. It's part of a $380 million federal initiative.
Connecticut joins multi-state lawsuit against citizenship census question
Connecticut has joined a multi-state lawsuit to block the Trump Administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 Census.
Leading the charge for Connecticut are Attorney General George Jepsen and Secretary of State Denise Merrill, who — along with 16 other states, half a dozen cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — argue the question would cause a population under count that would harm cities and states with large immigrant populations.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawmaker accused of sending affectionate text messages to a 16-year-old girl resigned Thursday, three weeks after he told House Democratic leaders he would be doing so.
HARTFORD — Angel Arce, the embattled state representative from Hartford whose committee assignments had been withdrawn amid charges that he made inappropriate texts to a young teenaged girl, officially resigned Thursday from the House of Representatives.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill received his resignation letter. While in the last few weeks he had not attended either committee meetings of House sessions, he had not officially resigned.
Connecticut beefs up election system security
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's top election official said Thursday that the state is beefing up security to guard against any disruption by foreign agents during this year's midterm elections.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced a series of steps her office is taking, including joining a federal government center that will help with cyberdefense and threat monitoring.
Debate over the National Popular Vote Compact continues at the Capitol
HARTFORD — After gaining the support of Democratic leadership in February, a proposal to give all of Connecticut’s electoral college votes to the winner of the popular vote received hours of public comment at the Capitol Monday.
Connecticut’s top elections official, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill testified in favor of the “one person, one vote” initiative, along with many local activists.
HARTFORD — The General Assembly’s majority Democrats on Monday gained a new member — and maybe an important extra vote.
Phil Young of Stratford officially became a state representative during a swearing in ceremony on the House Speaker’s podium at the state Capitol.
Young, a Democrat who won a surprise victory last week to replace long term Republican Laura Hoydick, who was recently elected mayor of Stratford, was sworn in by Secretary of State Denise Merrill.
Connecticut may limit access to state’s voter database
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Marketing companies and other private entities would no longer be able to buy Connecticut's state voter list for about $300 and use the data for solicitations and other purposes under new legislation being considered by state lawmakers this session.
HARTFORD — In this age of cyber theft and Russian hackers breaking down digital firewalls from the other side of the globe, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill wants to make it harder to steal Connecticut voter identities.
Merrill this year will ask the General Assembly to scrub voter birth dates from registration records, while giving people the option of requesting that their information be kept from public scrutiny.
Connecticut governor seeks review of voting by mail
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is calling for a review of how voting by mail might be implemented in Connecticut.
The Democrat has signed an executive order requiring the Office of Policy and Management to review potential methods and requirements to allow voting by mail for all local, state and federal elections in Connecticut.
OPM will work with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office on the review.
Puerto Rican voter registration drive gets state help
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As advocates prepare efforts register hurricane-displaced Puerto Ricans to vote in the U.S. mainland, the chief elections officer in Connecticut is putting the weight of her office behind drives to sign up as many eligible newcomers as possible.
Residents of the Caribbean island are U.S. citizens, but they are barred from voting for president unless they are registered in the U.S. mainland.
GREENWICH — Voting rights have been threatened across the nation for a decade, said Connecticut Secretary of the State Democrat Denise Merrill.
“What has been going on in the last eight to 10 years is something I never thought I would see again in this country,” she told a Greenwich audience. “We have not had these kind of attacks on voting rights since — you’d have to go back almost to the Civil War.”
STRATFORD — Election Day is 10 months away, but state Rep. Joe Gresko is already getting some high-profile endorsements.
Gresko, who’s running for re-election in Stratford’s 121st House district, has received endorsements from U.S. senators Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Lieutenant Gov. Nancy Wyman, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz and House Majority Leader Matt Ritter. All are Democrats.
The General Assembly will hold a special legislative session on Christmas week, but it remains to be seen what they will do.
Senate Democrats on Thursday presented Secretary of the State Denise Merrill with another 17 petition signatures, on top of a previously delivered 17 from Republican senators and 109 from Democrat and Republicans in the House.
Testa’s alleged absentee ballot meddling questioned
BRIDGEPORT — Democratic Chairman Mario Testa’s alleged personal use of the understaffed police force to collect absentee ballots during a recent City Council primary has raised eyebrows among political officials in town and at the State Capitol in Hartford.
Deceased city official’s name on ballot causes dispute
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — There's an Election Day dispute about whether the name of a deceased Connecticut city councilmember should still appear on the ballot.
UPDATE: 6:12 AM
There are about 2.1 million total active registered voters in the state. Of those, there are 861,766 unaffiliated voters, 771,412 Democrats and 453,625 Republicans.
Voter turnout is typically low for municipal elections, roughly 30 percent. However, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says this year could be different given strong interest in some races.
Connecticut cities, towns gear up for local elections
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Cities and towns across Connecticut are gearing up for municipal elections, where candidates ranging from mayor to school board will appear on Tuesday's ballot.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There are about 2.1 million total active registered voters in the state. Of those, there are 861,766 unaffiliated voters, 771,412 Democrats and 453,625 Republicans.
WESTPORT — Connecticut’s secretary of the state offered a sober speech Wednesday night in which she insisted the greatest threat to voting rights today is, not fraudulent voting, but attempts by many Republican politicians to make voting more difficult.
Deadline approaching to register to vote in local elections
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The deadline to register to vote in Connecticut's upcoming municipal elections is fast approaching.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says people eligible to vote have until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday to register online. They can also hand-deliver their applications to their local registrar of voters by 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Registrars will be in their offices from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Mail-in applications must be postmarked by Tuesday's date, Oct. 31.
DERBY — For the first time in a dozen years, the city’s two mayoral candidates will square off in a debate Tuesday night.
Mayor Anita Dugatto and her Republican challenger, Richard Dziekan, will take center stage in the high school auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. The two-hour debate is open to the public.
Homeland Security says election hackers targeted state
The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states — including Connecticut — that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.
HARTFORD — It could take days for the controversial Republican budget to reach Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s desk.
The actual documents, hundreds of pages of numbers, dollar signs and legalese, were trundled Monday morning at about 9:30, from the House Clerk’s office in the Capitol, by elevator and underground walkway, to the Legislative Commissioner’s Office on the fifth floor of the nearby Legislative Office Building.
Monday is deadline to register to vote in local primaries
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is reminding state residents that Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Tuesday's local primary elections.
The deadline is 12 p.m. Monday to register to vote in the primaries. Unaffiliated voters also have until 12 p.m. Monday to enroll in a major political party if they want to vote in their local primaries.
HARTFORD - Secretary of State Denise Merrill is reminding people that those eligible to vote and who wish to register to vote in time for Tuesday’s primaries have until noon on Monday, Sept. 11, to register in person at their local registrar of voters office.
Also unaffiliated voters also have until noon p.m. on Monday to enroll in a major party if they want to vote in that primary in their city or town.
HARTFORD — Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced on Friday that she will seek a third four-year term as the state’s chief election official.
The News-Times reported on July 4 that Denise Merrill, Connecticut Secretary of the State, who is responsible for voting issues, is deciding the extent of personal data for release to the new U.S. “Voter Fraud Panel.” This panel is requesting extremely sensitive personal data: names, addresses, ages, voting histories, military service, the last 4 digits of Social Security numbers, etc.
Born from the Trumpian canard that “millions” of people voted illegally in the 2016 American presidential election, a pretentiously named group called the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity has asked Connecticut, and all the other states, for personal information on every registered voter.
It is repugnant intimidation, puffed up foolery, based on the bogus premise put forth by President Donald Trump — and by him alone — that “millions” voted illegally.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is resisting attempts by President Donald Trump to seek personal information on the more than 2.1 million Connecticut voters.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says she's concluded it's "not in the best interest of Connecticut residents" to comply with a request for voter information from President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged fraud in the 2016 election.
In a letter released Monday to the commission's vice chairman, Merrill says the panel's request is "overly broad" and requires sharing residents' personally identifiable information for a "vague purpose."