Ed McKeon – MiddletownEye
While Middletown awaits the decree of a judge, other Connecticut towns have formulated solutions to adding minor party candidate names to the ballot in a year where several candidates have been ejected from ballots for want of a signature.
Connecticut law requires that all minor party candidates submit a signature with their party’s request for admission to the municipal ballot. That law went into effect in 2010, but was ignored in 2011 elections when minor party candidates were added to the ballots in towns throughout Connecticut without the required signatures.
This year, those candidates have been challenged and minor party candidates have been forced off the ballot in several towns, including Middletown.
Neither Democratic or Republican candidates are required to provide signatures in municipal elections, but all candidates are required to provide signatures in state and federal elections.
In East Hampton, the Chatham party holds the majority of seats on several town boards and commissions and could be considered the majority party.
However, because they are not Democratic or Republican, they were required to include signatures, and did not. Their place on the ballot was in question until the Town Clerk and the party crafted an agreement to allow the candidates on the ballot, and this agreement was ratified in Middletown Superior Court on Oct 7.
Superior Court Judge Edward Domnarski endorsed a stipulated agreement by the East Hampton Town Clerk and minor party candidates ordering the candidates be placed on the ballot for various offices.
Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill praised the judgement.
… Windham was faced with a similar decision when the endorsements of the Bottom Line Party were handed in without the required signatures of every candidate. Windham Town Clerk Patricia Spruance decided unilaterally in favor of ballot access. All eight Bottom Line Party endorsed candidates will appear on the ballot.
Merrill’s office has declared that it is the responsibility of the Town Clerk in every municipality to certify candidates for the ballot in municipal elections…
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Originally posted in the MiddletownEye on October 8, 2013 – excerpt reposted with permission October 20, 2013
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