If you have an Election Day bitch tonight’s the night to vent.
Mayor Bill Finch, in response to the Nov. 2 Election Day ballot gaffe that put Bridgeport in the national news, has created an informal committee to hear complaints and make recommendations for improvements. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in City Hall Annex, 999 Broad Street.
Had the city’s Registrar of Voters Office printed enough ballots to accommodate the turnout this meeting would not be necessary. But it is what it is and the mayor asked former Mayor Nick Panuzio, attorneys Richard Bieder and Edwin Farrow, former Bridgeport Hospital President Robert Trefry, and Rosa Correa, long active in civic issues to meet, listen to concerns and report back with recommendations.
The mayor cannot force recommendations on the city’s two elected registrars, one Democrat and one Republican, but this could lead to state legislative law that would institutionalize an updated set of guidelines reporting to the Secretary of the State’s Office, the statutory state elections authority, or perhaps a City Council ordinance requiring the local registrars to issue a briefing before each city election. We’ll see. Printing one ballot for every voter isn’t a solution. What will they do, print 43,000 ballots, the Democratic registration, for the next guber primary? The most recent one had a 15 percent city turnout. Common sense should prevail. Or is that asking too much?
I’ll be joining OIB friends www.doingitlocal.com at 7 p.m. where we hope to air the meeting live here, provide commentary and hear what the peeps have to say.