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Republicans Win Top Ballot Billing in Court

The court unanimously ruled in favor of the Republicans and against the secretary of state’s arguments.

 

Mitt Romney, Linda McMahon and other Republicans will get top billing on the ballots in Connecticut after the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of Republicans, according to the Associated Press.

Republicans sued for the placement because although Gov. Dannel P. Malloy beat Republican Tom Foley in 2010, the governor’s votes were split between the Working Families Party and Democrats. State law says that the party with the most votes gets top billing in the next election, and the Republicans had 20,000 more votes than Democrats due to the two-party split.

Secretary of State Denise Merrill, a Democrat, fought against the Republican request for top billing. According to the Associated Press, she said she “‘interpreted the statute in good faith and with due diligence.”   

Connecticut15 September 27, 2012 at 05:21 PM
This may be a smoking gun as to how election laws are being 'interpreted.' How could any Sec of State think that he/she would be allowed to add the number of votes together from two allegedly distinct parties? The numbers were clear: Republicans had 20,000 more votes than either of the other two allegedly distinct parties. Is the SOS saying that Working Families Party and the Democratic Party are the same party? That is the only conclusion one could draw from her "interpretation." As a result, her interpretation would not have allowed WFP and DP to have two separate lines on the ballot.. You can't have your cake and eat it too.
Alethiologist September 29, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I am hoping its a victory for all of Connecticut. We need to replace incumbents to let all elected people know we are not happy with the spending, the loss of jobs, diminished ranking, high cost of living and failing competitiveness

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