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Visconti Qualifies For Ballot

by Christine Stuart | Aug 20, 2014 1:50pm
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Posted to: Election 2014

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Joe Visconti

The Secretary of the State’s office informed West Hartford Republican Joe Visconti via email Wednesday that his name will appear on the ballot in November.

After not receiving enough support at the Republican convention in May to automatically qualify for the Republican primary, Visconti decided to go the independent route and collected the 7,500 signatures he needed in order to run for governor without the backing of a major party.

“I had no doubt that I was going to qualify,” Visconti said Wednesday.

Visconti will appear on the ballot with Republican Tom Foley and Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The Secretary of the State’s office is still tallying the petitions from Jonathan Pelto, another third-party candidate who is trying to qualify to run for governor.

The Secretary of the State’s office does not examine signatures for validity. That’s a process conducted at the municipal level by local election officials. The Secretary of the State’s office then tallies the numbers submitted by each town. Once a candidate meets the qualifying threshold of 7,500, a letter is sent to the candidate to inform them that they qualified. The deadline to submit signatures was Aug. 6.

Pelto has struggled with the petitioning process and claims that some local election officials are misapplying the law. He has said signatures are being disqualified for the wrong reasons. He said some were disqualified for not listing a date of birth, which is asked for on the petition form, but is not necessary under the law.

Visconti said he didn’t run into the same problems as Pelto, possibly because he stood outside polling places in towns that were having budget referendums and caught voters as they left. He said the strategy guaranteed those people were registered to vote because they had just voted.

What’s next for Visconti?

“We need to fund our ground game,” Visconti said.

He said they need palm cards and bumper stickers and lawn signs to “litter Connecticut with ‘Visconti for Governor’ campaign materials.”

Visconti said now that he knows he will be on the ballot in November, he expects it will be easier to raise money.

Visconti’s running mate, who also qualified for the ballot, is Chester Frank Harris of Haddam Neck.

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posted by: DrHunterSThompson | August 20, 2014  7:26pm

DrHunterSThompson

Cool. Happiness is a warm gun.

HST

posted by: shinningstars122 | August 21, 2014  6:00am

shinningstars122

CCDL members rejoice! You day cometh when militia inspired justice and 30 round clips, as well as bayonets, hand grenades; and whatever else you all need for your bunkers, will echo through out the hills and valley of our great state.

Now please go and split that GOP, all 21 %, and Independent vote now.

I hear those black helicopters off in the distance and my phone just clicked too.

posted by: GBear423 | August 21, 2014  6:54am

GBear423

LMAO @ DrHST Good one!
Visconti is such a caricature that I have to think most of the signaturees were wearing tie-dyed shirts.

posted by: RogueReporterCT | August 22, 2014  12:20am

RogueReporterCT

The reactions by call-in listeners to Pelto’s first interview on NPR this year, and on social media as he was announcing his intention to run, were hostile in the extreme, from people who are clearly Democrat party loyalists. I haven’t seen any evidence of Joe Visconti facing this degree of hostility from Republicans. Given the blue-ness of the state, my guess is that an overwhelming number of the individuals in the local communities tasked with certifying Pelto’s voter petitions are—wait for it—Democrat party loyalists. Based on news accounts of why voters petitioning for Pelto have been rejected, I would say that local officials have been acting on their partisan bias rather than being impartial. Overall, I have felt that Connecticut Democrats have exhibited a very undemocratic streak this year, and for that reason alone should get their keisters kicked into next week in the general election.

posted by: PWS2003 | August 22, 2014  3:54pm

RogueReporterCT, when the e-mail went out to Demo Town Chairs to tell their Town Clerks to disqualify as any of Pelto’s petition signatures, it also included the call to qualify as many Visconti signature as they could. This Malloy administration does not believe in rules when they do not help them.

posted by: Bulldog1 | August 22, 2014  7:30pm

GBear, no I think the shirt style is camo.  The tie dyed crew are too buzzed to give Visconti a look.

Guns, gays and God.  Connecticut has arrived.

posted by: art vandelay | August 25, 2014  7:09am

art vandelay

@PWS2003,
I couldn’t have said it better myself.  I totally agree. The ends justify the means.  The Democrat motto clearly states,  Malloy MUST be re-elected at ANY cost.  Problem with Republicans is they don’t know HOW to win an election.