When you go to the polls on Election Day in Connecticut, you will be asked:
"Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place the day of the election."
I am voting "No." A "Yes" vote would give unchecked powers to an already out-of-control General Assembly to create any voting system it wanted, including early voting. Handing them such powers would endanger what is left of our democracy.
Any more proof you need is what occurred in Cooke County Illinois, during early voting. A Republican state representative cast a ballot, and every time he voted for a Republican candidate the vote registered Democrat.
"I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent," Rep. Jim Moynihan said. "You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat."
Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti, told Illinois Watchdog, the machine was taken out of service and tested.
"This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine," Scalzitti said. "When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration."
Yea. Apparently these "calibration errors" have been going on in Illinois since at least 1960. I will vote "No."
HOW WILL YOU VOTE ON STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT?
According to the Connecticut Office of the Public Records Administrator, veterans can now officially file DD 214's, containing electronic certified signatures, at their town halls.
Public Memorandum 102, Filing of Military Discharge Documents,was released on Oct. 1.
Prior to this notice, Connecticut required that town halls only accept DD 214s containing physical signatures or legal notarization.
Veterans who file their DD 214's with their town halls are eligible to receive decreased property tax rates, subject to their town regulations.
Connecticut Public Records Administrator, LeAnn R. Power, said she is pleased that this legal finding will simplify the military record filing process for veterans.
She encourages anyone with questions to contact her: 860-757-6540.
Please pass this information forward.
Rep. Pam Sawyer
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