GET 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" elections)

Fall Conference 2015:  "Voter Fraud and Voter Suppression"  Oct. 24, 2015 video link:

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:

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, Leslie O'Brien

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:

Sec'y of the State Denise Merrill
Malloy, Merrill back easier registration, ballot access
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...
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Needs Of Voters Must Come First
Letter tot he Editor, Hartford Courant
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 accessibility requirements.

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 technology options.

Luther Weeks

The writer is a member of TrueVote Connecticut, a nonpartisan advocacy group.