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Major Issue with Absentee Ballots

Posted on August 4, 2020 by cthomas


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.

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. While many people did in fact receive their ballots in ample time, 20,000 others have not. No matter the number, that is unacceptable.

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.