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Secretary Of State office weighs in on Seabury controversy

Cross post from HatCityBLOG

The Secretary of State office just released the following statement regarding late Danbury Councilman Gregg Seabury’s name on the ballot.

“This is an emotional time and Secretary Merrill and the staff of her office have deep sympathy for the friends and family of Councilman Seabury.

Early yesterday afternoon, lawyers from the Secretary of the State’s office informed Danbury’s local election officials of the law regarding replacing a deceased candidate on the ballot. Connecticut law in this case is clear, and there is no basis in law to allow Gregg Seabury’s name to remain on the ballot, or to treat this situation as if there is a vacancy in office.

It is of great concern to read news reports this morning that Danbury officials have apparently decided to ignore the clear requirements of Connecticut law. It is the position of this office that all local election officials should follow the law as written.”

– Gabe Rosenberg, Communications Director for Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill


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