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March 23, 2017

OP-ED | It’s Time For Connecticut To Join The National Popular Vote Compact

by Jonathan Perloe | March 23, 2017 5:30am

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Having seen the loser of the national popular vote win the White House in two of the last five presidential elections, I’ve been aware for years of the inequity of the current winner-take-all system of assigning states’ electoral votes. But winner-take-all does a disservice even when it “works,” that is, when the Electoral College winner is also the candidate for whom the most ballots were cast.

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March 19, 2017

OP-ED | Let’s Give Tuesday a Break. Make Voting More Flexible

by Denise Merrill | March 19, 2017 9:00am

First came a tweet asking why we don’t have early voting.

Then several emails, and a few more after that, asking why voting is confined to a single Tuesday in November. It was an issue that was repeated often in the days leading to November 8-why must Americans stand in long lines to exercise their most fundamental right?

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March 7, 2017

SEEC Makes Pitch To Strengthen Campaign Laws

by Jack Kramer | March 7, 2017 6:30am

Courtesy of CT-N HARTFORD, CT — Two proposed bills that are designed to strengthen election reporting laws received the backing of the executive director of the State Elections Commission at a public hearing on Monday.

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January 30, 2017

Merrill Says Threat Of Voter Fraud Investigation Signals Voter Suppression Efforts

by Christine Stuart | January 30, 2017 6:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT—Anticipating that President Donald Trump will sign an executive order calling for an investigation into alleged voter fraud in the November 2016 election, Connecticut’s Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said there’s no evidence to suggest it happened.

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January 26, 2017

Merrill Says There’s No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud

by Christine Stuart | January 26, 2017 1:57am

CTNewsJunkie file photo Connecticut’s Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said there’s no “shred of evidence” that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 presidential contest.

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January 13, 2017

Three Special Elections Set For Feb. 28

by Christine Stuart | January 13, 2017 12:27pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo Special elections to fill the seats vacated by Rep. Stephen Dargan, and Sens. Eric Coleman and Rob Kane will be held Feb. 28.

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December 19, 2016

Members of Connecticut’s Electoral College Vote for Clinton

by Christine Stuart | December 19, 2016 1:43pm

Christine Stuart photo Members to the Electoral College in Connecticut were not as conflicted Monday as their colleagues in other states. That’s because Connecticut’s seven electoral votes were cast for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.

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November 8, 2016

In Connecticut, Long Lines and Problems At A Hartford Polling Place

by Jack Kramer | November 8, 2016 9:47am

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(Updated 3:00 p.m.)

NEW HAVEN, CT — A steady but not overwhelming crowd of New Haven voters showed up at City Hall bright and early Tuesday morning to take advantage of Connecticut’s first-ever Election Day Registration (EDR) in a presidential election.

Longer lines at some of New Haven’s other polling locations started to form mid-morning and ballots at a Hartford polling place had the wrong state representative candidates listed.

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November 7, 2016

If You’re Still Not Registered to Vote, You Can Do It On Election Day Just Expect Lines

by Christine Stuart | November 7, 2016 3:00pm

Evan Lips/New Haven Register file photo Connecticut doesn’t allow early voting, but this is the first presidential contest in which voters who forgot to register will still be able to register and vote on Tuesday.

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November 3, 2016

House Democrats Pitch Changes To Clean Election System; Republicans Say They’re Hypocrites

by Christine Stuart | November 3, 2016 2:17pm

Christine Stuart / CTNewsJunkie HARTFORD, CT — With less than a week left in the campaign, House Democratic leadership said they want to change Connecticut’s election clean law in a way that would create a challenge to Citizens United. Republican legislative leaders called the move hypocritical and desperate.

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