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Republicans Win Top Ballot Billing in Court

The court unanimously ruled in favor of the Republicans and against the secretary of state’s arguments.

 

Mitt Romney, Linda McMahon and other Republicans will get top billing on the ballots in Connecticut after the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of Republicans, according to the Associated Press.

Republicans sued for the placement because although Gov. Dannel P. Malloy beat Republican Tom Foley in 2010, the governor’s votes were split between the Working Families Party and Democrats. State law says that the party with the most votes gets top billing in the next election, and the Republicans had 20,000 more votes than Democrats due to the two-party split.

Secretary of State Denise Merrill, a Democrat, fought against the Republican request for top billing. According to the Associated Press, she said she “‘interpreted the statute in good faith and with due diligence.”   

James T. O'Hora September 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM
This is another example how "one party rule" in Connecticut works. This law seemed unambiguous, and the State Republican Party should not have had to resort to litigation to have it interpreted correctly and rectified by a very busy State Supreme Court. Secretary of State Denise Merrill, a Democrat, fought against the Republican request for top billing. According to the Associated Press, she said she “‘interpreted the statute in good faith and with due diligence State law says that the party with the most votes gets top billing in the next election. Was our Secretary of State Ms. Merrill, acting as a pure partisan Democrat, when she refused to grant the top voting party the earned spot on the ballot? Her office is supposed to be conducted in a non-partisan fashion. Was she trying to curry favor with her party leadership for a future political race?
S Tadik September 27, 2012 at 08:56 PM
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Elmcrest September 27, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Agree with S Tadik on this one. And if anyone really casts their vote based solely on who's name goes first on the ballot, shame on them. Finally, if Mr. O'Hora (Chairman of the New Canaan Republican Town Committee) seems so quick to identify abuses via "one party rule," he need not look all the way up to Hartford. He can look, as most of us here in New Canaan do, at those six GOP members of the Town Council who seem to favor bending laws backward to benefit their cronies rather than doing the right thing. Jeb Walker was simply, by law, not eligible for the big pension he got, and the absurd efforts of the Gang of 6 to change that after the fact is a far more serious example of "one party" idiocy than quibbling about who's name goes where on a ballot.

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