“Merrill: It is time to strengthen Connecticut’s election system”

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.