Trumbull Republican Registrar of Voters and Chair of last year's misbegotten Redistricting Committee Bill Holden, abetted by two unflinching loyalists, forced restructured voting districts that many (the writer among the more vocal) predicted served only partisan political ends.
Our worst fears were recognized at the polls as early as 7:00 a.m. today.
I always vote early. In past elections I could walk in, vote and walk out. Today the parking lot at Madison Middle School was fuller than I'd ever experienced, and I had a 20 minute wait.
As we approached the school a hand made sign instructed us to get into one of two lines, based on the first letter of our street. Inside we were greeted by two ID checking lines. Both were manned by hard at work fellow citizens performing their tedious task as efficiently as possible.
The pictures show the checkers busy while half the voting "booths" were empty. The wrong configuration. Why not more poll workers, more lines and less inconvenience?
Holden said his restructuring would save taxpayers $8,000. That money was overspent before the August elections were over.
We have the money to get into the concert business, but not to keep voting convenient?
Sure, we're better off than many in New York City and coastal New Jersey. But worse off than we were before Holden and his partisans dumped his unnecessary changes on the unsuspecting voters of Trumbull.
But all may not be lost. Lainie McHugh and Town Councilwoman Vickie Tesoro stood in front of the school seeking signatures for a petition to reverse Holden's decision and return the town to the seven district map that served Republicans and Democrats well for 28 years. I can only hope there were similar tables at our other three polling places.
The petition sponsors need 3,000 signatures and seek 5,000. Once the requisite numbers are reached the matter must be addressed by the Town Council. One can only hope that Republican members (or at least a few of them) will return to sanity, reverse their near party line vote and give us back seven equally populated council districts.
Stay tuned. The battle is being rejoined.