Connecticut Republicans Want Top Ballot Billing [UPDATED]

State GOP leaders are asking election officials to put their candidates at the top of all ballots.

Updated, 11 a.m.

Merrill has denied the request.

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Connecticut Republicans are asking election officials to switch the order of how the two main political parties appear on ballots everywhere in the state and are asking that Republican candidates be placed at the top of all ballots. 

State GOP leaders made the request in a letter hand-delivered Thursday to  Denise Merrill, Connecticut's secretary of the state. You can view a PDF of the letter above.

The order in which party candidates appear on the election ballot is determined by which party candidate gets the most votes in a gubernatorial election. Republicans for decades have done so and, as a result, that party has taken the top ballot line for many years.

But in 2010 Democrat Dannel P. Malloy won the gubernatorial election here and in 2011 Democrats were given the top ballot spot. But in their letter to Merrill leaders in the GOP say the switch was made in error and they want it reversed this election. They argue that between the two major parties in 2010 Republican Tom Foley, who lost to Malloy, actually had more votes than Malloy when compared solely to Malloy's Democratic ballots. Malloy was also listed on the ballot as the candidate of the Working Families Party and outpolled Foley when those two ballot line votes were combined.

“Though Candidate Dannel Malloy polled the most votes overall, he did so by combining the totals of two separate party lines,” the letter says.

Merrill's office is reviewing the request, according to the website CT News Junkie.

louis July 27, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Actually, I am a Republican, but this season as the local republicans nominated their pal for office, I would like to get top billing!
charley July 27, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Would the Republicans also like new sand in the sand box?
louis July 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Well the reality is this is the kind of stuff they spend all day on, instead of working for the people. It doesn't matter if you italicise their names (some of the candidates) or underline them with yellow market, the people will vote for who they want. But the history of the law is that it originated in 1976 (that late) and was updated in the current form since then in 2010. It probably is bad law and is unusual in that most of the states in the country allow the Secretary of State or the names to be placed on the ballot either through lottery or through alphabetical order.
Admiral Obvious July 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
no, just a rake and shovel to get the democrats out
Markoni July 29, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Most people support working families and the people who picked this alternative party put Malloy over the top. Don’t let the innocent-sounding name fool you! The Working Families Party is a minor political party begun in New York state in 1998 by Daniel Cantor, a former staffer of Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign. Cantor transferred his socialist-democratic-progressive ideas and vision from his now defunct New Party to WFP, with the enlistment of the “usual suspects” of mega-community organizers like ACORN, SEIU and other labor unions. In 2009 Connecticut Working Party Executive Director Jon Green was accused of lobbying without wearing the proper identification. He was put on notice as to the requirements of state ethics laws. In 2011 Green received a $10,000 fine for illegally performing lobbying efforts. In CT the Working Family Party, is supporting SEIU/CCAG leader and organizer Christopher Donovan for Connecticut's 5th Congressional seat. Donovans staff engaged in a conspiracy to direct $27,500 in “conduit campaign contributions” — contributions that conceal the identity of the real donors —roll your own tax free cigarette shops-- to influence legislation before the State House. WFP also are supporting Chris Murphy for the Connecticut Senate seat which is being vacated by Joe Lieberman. Chris Murphy is a protege of Chris Dodd. WFP is a socialist statist Party! Cross endorsement of major candidates by minor parties is a dirty trick!
CHUCK BROWN July 30, 2012 at 09:15 AM
MAC July 31, 2012 at 06:24 PM
The WFP is a SCAM of the gullible and uninformed! Romney is the only hope for "working families" and everyone who dreams of and WORKS for success. It is significant that the latest poll shows that even in blue CT, among Independents, Romney is leading Obama by 7 points!!! I'm not predicting that Romney will necessarily overcome the sad dominance of CT voters who automatically pull the lever for anyone with a (D) after his/her name. But nationwide Romney will WIN, unless Obama 'steals' the election as was done by Al Franken! "First they ignore us, then they ridicule us, then they fight us. Then we win."--Mahatma Gandhi


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