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Republicans Sue State Due to Ballot Complaint

The state GOP disputes the reasoning of Secretary of State Denise Merrill.

Connecticut law demands that the winning party from the previous year gets top billing on the ballot in the next election. While Democrat Dannel P. Malloy won the election in 2010, Connecticut’s Republican Party is suing the state to get the top of the ballot since his vote was split between two parties. 

The GOP argues that even though Malloy won, because the Tom Foley earned more votes in that election compared to votes cast for the Democratic Party. Votes for Malloy were split between the Democrats and Working Families, but together totaled more than Foley’s.

According to CBS Local, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill denied the GOP’s claim, prompting the lawsuit.

“The Republican Party line for governor garnered more votes than any other party line in 2010. Under Connecticut law, our candidates for state and federal office deserve the top-line designation on this year’s ballot. The Republican Party has earned that,” said State Sen. John McKinney (R-Fairfield) in a statement. 

The GOP reportedly hopes to be placed on the top of the ballot in the November elections this year.

Bill Holden August 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
It's an interesting election question which should be clarified.
louis August 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I think they are spot on. Certainly, we have an ballot designation law which is completely out of tune with the rest of the nation, and at the very least it does nothing to advance the interests of the people, instead it favors mediocre public officials. In other words, it doesn't even take into consideration that in some municipalities where the turnout is 20% such as Bridgeport, a person would get top billing just by associating with a particular party faction. Foley, may indeed have gotten more votes.

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