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Election Day 2014: Results of Inquiry Published

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By , January 16, 2015 4:16 pm

The City Council Committee of Inquiry has released its findings regarding the Election Day 2014 debacle.
You can read the 32 page document below. Among the gems in this report: one Registrar refused to read emails that another sent, police were called to the Registrar’s Office following an outburst by the Democratic Registrar of Voters, and that same individual invoked the Fifth Amendment when questioned.


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The Voting Situation

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By , January 6, 2015 7:25 am

While the Committee of Inquiry — filled with City Council members — is presumably inquiring on matters related to the Hartford Registrars of Voters, others have taken action about alleged problems during the last election, and the one before that.

What Would Constitute a Denial of Voting Rights?

In November 2013, former Hartford resident Julie Beman schlepped all over the city to ensure she voted. She filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission against Democratic Registrar of Voters Olga Iris Vasquez and other election officials.

Over one year later, the SEEC completed its investigation Continue reading 'The Voting Situation'»

Most Best Awesome Superlatives of 2014

By , December 22, 2014 10:07 am

There are people who hate year-end lists because it sounds like the creator is putting out some clickbait while spending his days going to Christmas parties.

We’re using this opportunity to review the operation of the city and the City– what helped to build up Hartford and who needs to have a time out to think about what he has done. Continue reading 'Most Best Awesome Superlatives of 2014'»

Investigations All Around

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By , December 14, 2014 4:43 pm

On Friday, Mayor Segarra announced that what he calls an “independent task force” has been created to review the fire department. This task force includes former fire chiefs — Charles Teale, John Stewart, Nelson Carter, and Edward Casares — and current police chief, James Rovella.

Segarra’s spokesperson said the task force exists “to examine the department’s command structure, its resources, firefighter training and recruitment” and will “review state, federal and board inquiries into the death of Firefighter Kevin Bell.” Recommendations that emerge from this will be made to Segarra and Hartford Fire Department’s Chief Huertas.

The creation of this task force follows a number of HFD problems, from the death of Kevin Bell to the accidental discharge of a firearm to lieutenants brawling at a site, and more. Lots, lots more.

The most serious of those — a firefighter’s loss of life while on the job — occurred in October. Continue reading 'Investigations All Around'»

Committee of Inquiry Formed to Investigate Election Day Problems

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By , November 12, 2014 10:14 pm

Day Pitney, LLP and Shipman & Goodwin, LLP have been named as those offering pro-bono legal counsel to the “Committee of Inquiry.” Council President Shawn Wooden, who is employed by Day Pitney, will be sitting on this committee, though a press release issued Wednesday afternoon claims he will be a non-voting member.

Others on this committee to investigate the 2014 Election Day issues: Majority Leader Alex Aponte, Minority Leader Joel Cruz, Jr, Raul de Jesus, Cynthia Jennings, and David MacDonald. All are City Council members. Continue reading 'Committee of Inquiry Formed to Investigate Election Day Problems'»

More Elections Results from Hartford

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By , November 10, 2014 8:21 am

Days after the polls closed, more election results have been filed.


Some things to notice: Continue reading 'More Elections Results from Hartford'»

State Elections Enforcement Commission Record of Registrars’ Issues

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By , November 6, 2014 11:01 am

Before Mayor Segarra and Councilperson Wooden’s vow to investigate Tuesday’s missing voter lists, there were other complaints filed with the SEEC against the Democratic Registrar of Voters.

In 2013 a complaint was filed against the Office of the Registrars of Voters for failing to record and report votes for registered write-in candidates. These write-in votes were cast at District 5 and 11 polling places. A recount showed that the complete tally of write-in votes was not originally reported.

The Hartford Registrars of Voters were told by the SEEC then to take extra care when recording and transmitting the write-in votes during future elections. That order was issued in February 2014.

A complaint in 2012 against the Democratic Registrar of Voters was dismissed. In that matter, “the Complainant alleges that Marc DiBella submitted five petition pages to the Respondent [HROV] on January 23, 2012, but that the Respondent did not validate and return those pages to the Hartford town clerk until March 6, 2012, the date of the town committee primary.”

The records show that at the time the Registrar of Voters or Town Clerk’s office was not time-stamping documents; the SEEC said that the Town Clerk’s office should begin to better track records of documents, but with insufficient evidence, could not determine if the Democratic Registrar of Voters had actually delayed returning those documents. This matter was dismissed in April 2013.

Also in 2012 Continue reading 'State Elections Enforcement Commission Record of Registrars’ Issues'»

Hartford Election Results Posted

By , November 5, 2014 9:44 pm

Write-in votes not included, the election results for Hartford have finally been posted to the Connecticut Secretary of the State site. Here they are:




Concern About Registrars, Years After Previous Complaints

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Though Mayor Segarra did not return comment about why the Registrars’ of Voters errors during past elections had not caused deep concern within City Hall, his public relations contact issued a statement today on behalf of both the mayor and Councilperson Wooden, announcing that the duo have “co-sponsored one resolution that will launch an investigation into yesterday’s voting issues and a second that will restructure the office of the Hartford Registrars of Voters.”

Last year voters had the opportunity to weigh in on the Registrars, but as we reported, there was little effort to translate the ballot questions into language accessible to the average resident.

The call for an investigation seems to replicate what is already expected to occur as a complaint is being filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

You Voted…

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That is the message posted on the Secretary of the State website this morning. With the antics of missing voter lists, at least one broken machine, and who knows what else, it was not unexpected that Hartford would have nothing to report the morning after the polls closed.

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