Maybe sometime before 2023 Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens will render a decision in the Democratic State House primary between incumbent Jack Hennessy and City Councilman Marcus Brown who leads by two votes.
Who knows, maybe his preferred method of decision is via rowboat against the tide. No wait, pony express from the continental divide.
State election officials have advised Stevens on several occasions of the implications of a dragged-out court case that cuts against the election calendar so that ballots be issued on time reflecting the names of candidates. His response: yawn, wave of hand, che sera, sera.
So much for not disenfranchising voters.
It’s not like Stevens hasn’t had time to figure this thing out be it on the Hennessy side, Brown side or ruling for a new primary.
Way back on August 9 the two political warriors battled it out. As a result of Stevens’ delay, now only the name of the Republican candidate Anthony Puccio will appear on absentee ballots that are due for printing in advance of the November general election.
From Dan Tepfer, CT Post:
The Secretary of the State’s office could not wait for a winner to be declared in the Democratic primary seat for the district after more than two weeks of court hearings. So absentee ballot voters will instead see Puccio’s name and “Nominee Not Declared” on their ballots.
Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens granted the change in the absentee ballots at the request of the Secretary of the State Mark Kohler, who stated in a motion he was concerned there is not enough time to revise the ballots.
The ballots will also state: “The Democratic Party candidate for the 127th Assembly District has not yet been determined. If you wish to vote for a Democrat for this office, please write Democrat in the appropriate space on the ballot.”
Full story here.