Petitioning candidate for governor Jonathan Pelto writes “it appears increasingly likely that we will fall short of the 7,500 ‘valid’ signatures to get on the ballot.” State election officials are reviewing the signature petitions of Pelto, a critic of Democratic Governor Dan Malloy’s education policies. Pelto’s presence on the ballot could siphon votes from Malloy in an appeal for education votes. From Pelto’s blog:
The Secretary of the State’s office continues to count the Pelto/Murphy petitions as they are sent in by local town clerks. While the process won’t be concluded until the middle of next week, it appears increasingly likely that we will fall short of the 7,500 “valid” signatures to get on the ballot. Although we’ve identified a significant number of signatures that were inappropriately or illegally rejected, the traceable problems do not appear, at this time, to be enough to put us over the top–even if we were able to go to court and ask a judge to overrule the actions taken by certain local officials. When we know the final status of the petition count we will, of course, inform readers immediately. Regardless, we want to thank all of you who have been so supportive of this quest — more to come.
Malloy is being challenged by Republican nominee Tom Foley and petitioning candidate Joseph Visconti, a Tea Party favorite and gun rights activist, who will likely poach votes from Foley in what is shaping up as a close general election. Pelto spent time collecting petition signatures in Bridgeport, a labor-intensive process. He has written often about city education issues in his criticism of Malloy education policies.