More than 300 absentee ballot requests are circulating in the city for Tuesday’s special election to fill four school board seats, but only a handful of completed absentee ballots been returned to the Town Clerk’s Office. So maybe the absentee ballot effort launched by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa is falling short of his goal, especially with the holiday weekend hitting.
The good news for Mario, whatever comes back will be votes for the three Democrats on the ballot, Hernan Illingworth, Jacqueline Kelleher and Ken Moales, in lieu of an AB operation by opponents. Most political operatives expect a minuscule Tuesday turnout, perhaps under 10 percent for such a high-profile case that was decided by the Connecticut Supreme Court when it invalidated state control of city schools.
Folks tend to focus on elections after Labor Day weekend and not during it. Employees in the Town Clerk’s Office will be working through the holiday weekend. Can you recall an election the day after a major holiday? What, there’s an election Tuesday? That’s what a whole bunch of folks will be saying in the coming days as nine candidates for Board of Education knock on doors and make phone calls. What kind of mail pieces have you received?
Maybe Mario needs to throw a mega Labor Day picnic at his Madison Avenue restaurant to entice absentee ballot voters. Fire up the grill, Mario. “Free Food. Please sign here.”
From Mayor Finch:
The Bridgeport Registrar of Voters office will be open on Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3 (Labor Day), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those interested in registering to vote in the special election for vacant seats on Board of Education being held on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. The final day to register to vote in the special election is Monday, September 3.
The Registrar of Voters office is located on the first floor of the Margaret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT. For more information, call (203) 576-7281.
The Office of the Town Clerk will also be open Saturday, September 1 and Monday, September 3 (Labor Day), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those voting by absentee ballot for the September 4 special election. The final day to vote by absentee ballot is Monday, September 3.
The Office of the Town Clerk is located on the first floor of City Hall, 45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport, CT. For more information, call (203) 576-7208.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4.