No Decision Yet In Ballot Case, Voter Rolls Swell
It looks as if another day will pass without a decision on the Republican Party’s lawsuit against the Secretary of the State’s office. There are no advance release decisions scheduled to be released by the Supreme Court Tuesday.
But even without a decision on which party should get top billing the election process is proceeding.
Last week, blank ballots were sent to the military and overseas voters with a list of candidates attached. The candidates were listed alphabetically on a separate sheet of paper and voters were asked to fill in the candidates’ name next to the office.
Almost two weeks ago the Supreme Court heard arguments about which party should receive the top ballot line. The Republican Party believes they should remain on the top line because their gubernatorial candidate in 2010 received more votes than Gov. Dannel P. Malloy did on the Democratic Party line. He won with the support of votes from the Working Families Party line, which cross-endorsed his candidacy.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s office has argued Democrats should receive the top line because their candidate received the most votes, even though he didn’t do so on just one party’s line. Republicans believe they should receive the top line because their party received the most votes on a single line in 2010.
The Supreme Court asked the parties last week for more information about whether the Republican Party had exhausted all of its administrative remedies before bringing the complaint to court.
At an unrelated press conference Tuesday Merrill said she hasn’t heard anything from the Supreme Court yet regarding the timing of a decision.
Regardless of who appears at the top of the ballot, Merrill expects voters to turn out in large numbers Nov. 6. She estimated 2012 would be similar to previous election years with turnout as high as 75 to 80 percent.
“Will it reach the level it did in 2008? I’m not sure,” Merrill said.
Since January nearly 90,000 new voters have registered to vote in Connecticut.
As was the case in 2008, the largest group of new voters registering is between the ages of 18 and 29 years old.
Currently there are 1.99 million active registered voters in the state and among the newly registered 30,736 registered as Democratic, 17,115 registered as Republicans and 39,602 registered as unaffiliated voters.
But even though Connecticut became the 11th state this year to enact same day voter registration, the law doesn’t go into effect until 2013.
“You have to be registered to vote by Oct. 30th,” Merrill said.
She cautioned that voters need to make sure they are registered because there’s always a misconception that if you move your registration follows you. It doesn’t, she said.
Complicating matters further was the redistricting process this year, which allowed towns to reconfigure their polling locations. That means even if you live in the same place you may not be voting in the same place you did in 2011 or 2010.
“Just to make sure we recommend everyone go online and make are you are registered appropriately,” Merrill said.
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