Republicans Sue State Due to Ballot Complaint

The state GOP disputes the reasoning of Secretary of State Denise Merrill.


Connecticut law demands that the winning party from the previous year gets top billing on the ballot in the next election. While Democrat Dannel P. Malloy won the election in 2010, Connecticut’s Republican Party is suing the state to get the top of the ballot since his vote was split between two parties. 

The GOP argues that even though Malloy won, because Tom Foley earned more votes in that election compared to votes cast for the Democratic Party. Votes for Malloy were split between the Democrats and Working Families, but together totaled more than Foley’s.

According to CBS Local, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill denied the GOP’s claim, prompting the lawsuit.

“The Republican Party line for governor garnered more votes than any other party line in 2010. Under Connecticut law, our candidates for state and federal office deserve the top-line designation on this year’s ballot. The Republican Party has earned that,” said State Sen. John McKinney (R-Fairfield) in a statement.

The GOP reportedly hopes to be placed on the top of the ballot in the November elections this year.

Pi August 10, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I love how the GOP rails against government waste but then sues the state over petty stuff like this.
jk August 11, 2012 at 02:32 AM
That's not a petty complaint. If they are going to allow candidates to run under two different parties, then the winning " "party" i.e. the one with the most votes - should get top billing under current protocol. Since Malloy resorted to running under two different parties - each one should be counted separately. Quite frankly, I feel no one should be allowed to run under more than one party. It is a slimey tactic which seems rather desperate. I just love the name of the second party the dems were using - there's a very subliminal insult there that people are falling for. Maybe the republicans should start an "out-of-work" party and see how many people can relate to that.


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