More voter fraud pleaded into non-existence:
Facing “eight counts of fraudulent voting, 10 counts of primary or enrollment violations,” and one count of fabricating evidence, former Connecticut state Rep. Christina Ayala (D-Bridgeport) pleaded guilty to two counts of providing a false statement – lying to state elections investigators – in exchange for a suspended one-year prison sentence.
Between 2009 and 2012, Ayala voted in various Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee elections, a municipal primary election and a state primary election in districts other than where she was living at the time, according an investigation by the State Elections Enforcement Commission. She voted in the general election in 2012 in a district where she did not reside.
Also as part of her plea bargain, Ayala agreed not to seek elective office again… for two years. Can Bridgeport voters expect an Ayala 2018 campaign? They should expect more voter fraud, when their elected officials are given slaps on the wrist for violating election laws multiple times.
Why can 49 other states have one professional in charge of elections locally but not Connecticut?
Secretary of State Denise Merrill makes the case for professional election administrators:
As municipal employees, these registrars could be required to be certified and undergo yearly training, and face real consequences for not following state election laws — like losing their jobs…
Twice in the last four years Connecticut has been nationally ridiculed for serious election administration failures that disenfranchised voters in Bridgeport and Hartford. Yet the registrars whose failures led to that disenfranchisement, including one who is under criminal investigation for voter fraud, still sit in positions of authority running elections in those two communities. Under our current structure, any town could be the next Hartford or Bridgeport.
The Hartford Courant has the latest:
A proposal by the city council to begin the process of removing Hartford’s three registrars has raised questions over what would happen to the office.
State law says the deputy registrars would take over. But the city charter says the council has the power to fill vacancies that arise in elected positions. Council President Shawn Wooden said he is hoping a bill that would allow the city to appoint a single, nonpartisan registrar will solve the issue… Wooden said the change would create “a clear line of accountability” in the office.
“In short, multiple, serious errors plagued the administration of the 2014 General Election in Hartford. These errors appear to have resulted in the disenfranchisement of Hartford voters and, even several months later, a lack of an accurate vote count.”
The “numerous failures” by Hartford’s Registrars of Voters office, documented in a January 16 report, include “a failure to file final registry books with the town and city clerk by Oct. 29; a failure to prepare and deliver final registry books to moderators by 8 p.m. the night before the election, as required by state law;” and the fact that “no Hartford election official can explain what happened to approximately 70 absentee ballots reported as having been received.”
Hartford city council members said today they will seek to remove the city’s three registrars and may recommend additional reforms. Connecticut’s State Elections Enforcement Commission has launched a separate investigation.
Charges against the Bridgeport Democrat include eight felony counts of fraudulent voting:
State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges. Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
The State Elections Enforcement Commission also recommended Ayala’s mother, Democratic Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala, be criminally prosecuted for election fraud, but no charges were filed against her as of Friday.
The warrant was sought by the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and comes almost a year after the State Elections Enforcement Commission recommended Ayala and her mother, Democratic Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala, be criminally prosecuted for election fraud…
No action has been so far taken against Santa Ayala, who, despite being accused by the SEEC of possibly helping her daughter to break the law, was nominated by Bridgeport Democratic leaders this summer for another term as registrar and will appear on the November ballot…
Last October, following an investigation of several months, the SEEC concluded Ayala used an address where she did not live to vote in nine different elections and when applying for public campaign finance grants in 2012.