Well here we go. It’s special election day to fill the legislative seat vacated by Chris Caruso. The Big Wave is supporting city police officer Verna Kearney. Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa and Mayor Bill Finch support Rev. Charlie Stallworth, a member of the city’s Police Commission, who’s galvanizing fellow ministers to urge their peeps to the polls. Always good to have God on your side, no? Others on the ballot, Republican James Keyser and the remaining petitioning candidates in addition to Kearney, all Dems, Mark Trojanowski, Carlos Silva, Robert Keeley, Tom Lombard. Polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilbur Cross, Hallen, Read, Hooker, Park City Magnet. If you hear of anything kooky contact OIB, and to report election issues check out this hotline info from Secretary of the State Denise Merrill:
SECRETARY MERRILL LAUNCHES UNPRECEDENTED COORDINATION WITH STATE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION FOR SPECIAL ELECTIONS FEBRUARY 22ND
SECRETARY OF THE STATE’S OFFICE AND SEEC PROVIDE JOINT HOTLINE, E-MAIL TO REPORT PROBLEMS OR CONCERNS ELECTION DAY
HARTFORD: Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced today that her office is launching an unprecedented coordination effort with the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) to respond to potential problems at the polls for the upcoming legislative Special Elections. Voters in 18 Connecticut cities and towns will be going to the polls on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 to cast ballots for State Representative or State Senator to fill vacancies in nine districts. The Secretary of the State’s office and the SEEC are once again opening the Election Day hotline 1-866-SEEC-INFO (1-866-733-2463) to report problems at the polls. In addition, the two agencies have launched a new email alert contact – firstname.lastname@example.org – for voters to use if they encounter any difficulties casting ballots on Election Day. Both the hotline and the email alert will be checked throughout the day by staff from both agencies.
“With these important Special Elections around the corner, we wanted to make sure voters had multiple ways of getting in touch with our offices should there be trouble of any kind on Election Day,” said Secretary Merrill, Connecticut’s chief elections officer. “Now, voters can not only call us but contact us through email either from home or by a mobile device should any problems arise. Through our combined efforts and resources, my office and the State Elections Enforcement Commission should be able to respond to any situation as quickly as possible. So I urge any voter next Tuesday – if anything doesn’t seem right when you go to cast a ballot, call us or email us, we are here to help.”
Voters who do use the hotline or email to describe problems can either state their name or report issues anonymously; but are asked to state the town and polling place where they are observing the problems, and provide as many specifics or details as they can. This would greatly assist SEEC or Secretary of the State’s staff to address the issue and find a solution as expeditiously as possible. In addition to the email and telephone hotline, the Secretary of the State’s office and staff from the SEEC will hold three separate conference calls during the day on Tuesday to share information about potential problems or complaints at the polls, and coordinate the appropriate responses to those.