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Absentee Ballot Concerns Demand Investigation

Posted on August 4, 2020 by admin


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With the primary election only days away, it’s being reported that Secretary of State Denise Merrill’s hand-picked mail vendor has NOT and will NOT fulfill their obligations to process and mail approximately 20,000 absentee ballots to qualified voters.

According to the Connecticut Town Clerks Association, as many as 20,000 absentee ballot requests were not processed on time last week by the vendor Merrill selected, and Merrill’s office admitted as much in conversations with local town officials. These missteps could result in many people being disenfranchised for the Aug. 11 state primaries.

The Secretary of the State unilaterally chose to use an out-of-state mail service to get ballots to voters, restricting the amount of ballots local town clerks could have on hand. The vendor has failed but still has the ballots, and it is now too late to print more.

In Cheshire and Wallingford alone, approximately 435 voters – Democrat and Republican – have been impacted! This breakdown threatens to undermine our ability to vote independently and without interference. We must make certain our laws, processes and procedures truly protect the integrity of all of our elections.

I have joined my colleagues to demand an immediate investigation into this flawed vote-by-mail process. The House Republican call for an investigation is below.

Your vote, and our state elections, are too important.