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2020 Election News

Lyme voters to decide open space question

A resolution proposed by the Board of Selectmen seeks to restore a $1 million open space savings target that was slashed by the Board of Finance in the proposed budget.

Annual meeting and budget vote looms in Ledyard

Officials note there are a couple of changes in this year's process.

No-excuse absentee voting will have to wait

The Connecticut State House approved a no-excuse absentee voting resolution on Tuesday, but could not reach the 75% threshold of votes needed to put the question on the ballot in 2022.

2020 State Senate Debate Schedule

— The following state senate debates were livestreamed on theday.com. You can watch full replays of theme here:

Debate Date/Time Participants Notes
19th District Oct. 8; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Cathy Osten (D), Steve Weir (R) Watch replay of full debate
20th District Oct. 20; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Paul Formica (R), Martha Marx (D) Watch replay of full debate
18th District Oct. 21; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Heather Somers (R), Bob Statchen (D) Watch replay of full debate
33rd District Oct. 22; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Norm Needleman (D), Brendan Saunders (R) Watch replay of full debate

 

Hedrick sworn in to third term as Groton City mayor

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz administered the oath of office to Groton City officials.

Connecticut state House passes early voting resolution

If the state Senate passes the measure, voters will get to decide by referendum in 2022 whether they want early voting.

Area Republican legislators mostly in favor of absentee, early voting measures

The lawmakers were more hesitant about no-excuse absentee voting and what they say is its possible effect on election security.

Low turnout for 'noncontroversial' Region 18 school budget referendum

Only 5.0% of registered voters cast their ballots in Old Lyme and 4.2% in Lyme.

UPDATED: Hedrick wins Groton City mayoral race

Bruno Lowe-Remiesiewicz, 11, hugs his grandfather Keith Hedrick as he says congratulations during a watch party for his Groton City mayoral race at the Boilermakers' Union hall in Groton on Monday, May 3, 2021.  Incumbent Mayor Hedrick successfully ran as a write-in candidate after losing the primary to Town Councilor Aundre Bumgardner. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Groton City Mayor Keith Hedrick was elected to a third term Monday, defeating Democratic nominee Aundré Bumgardner.

Newsmax apologizes to Dominion employee for falsely alleging manipulation

Newsmax also noted that "many of the states whose results were contested by the Trump campaign after the November 2020 election have conducted extensive recounts and audits, and each of these states...

Groton City Council, clerk races are uncontested in Monday's election

While the mayoral race is contested, the races for City Council and city clerk are uncontested in the city's general election on Monday, May 3.

Stonington voters approve 2021-22 budget

Residents approved the 2021-22 budget and its 0.49-mill tax rate increase at Tuesday's referendum.

Video: Bumgardner, Hedrick debate economic development, taxes

Candidates for the Groton City mayoral race debated on Monday.

Stonington borough elections are uncontested

The May 3 borough elections will be an uncontested affair as neither the warden or burgess candidates have opponents

Readers: Absentee, early voting would be more convenient

People pick up absentee ballots Oct. 31, 2020, that could be filled out at that time and placed in the drop box outside the main entrance at New London City Hall.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

No-excuse absentee balloting increased vote turnout last year, and readers would like to see many of the changes, enacted during the coronavirus pandemic, made permanent.

Preston plans in-person budget process in May and June

Preston is planning for an in-person budget public hearing, town meeting and referendum in late May and early June if COVID-19 statistics continue to improve.

Bumgardner, Hedrick again face off for Groton City mayor

Democratic candidates for Groton City mayor, incumbent Keith Hedrick, left, (photo by Sean D. Elliot/The Day), and challenger Aundre Bumgardner (photo by Aaron Kane).

Town Councilor Aundré Bumgardner and City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick will again face off to see who will be the city's mayor for the next term.

New London-Norwich Building Trades Council endorses Bumgardner

The New London-Norwich Building Trades Council, which represents thousands of unionized construction workers in southeastern Connecticut, has endorsed Aundré Bumgardner, the Democratic nominee...

Georgia's Abrams navigates voting law fight with eye on 2022

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2020, file photo Stacey Abrams speaks to Biden supporters as they wait for former President Barack Obama to arrive and speak at a rally as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Turner Field in Atlanta. Abrams, Georgia's well-known voting rights advocate, is taking a carefully balanced approach in response to new laws many people have said are an attempt to suppress votes of people of color. When asked about the law changes, she is critical but measured. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Georgia's well-known voting rights advocate, Stacey Abrams, is taking a carefully balanced approach in response to new laws many people have said are an attempt to suppress votes of people of color

Absentee ballots now available for Stonington budget referendum

Absentee ballots for the Tuesday, April 27, budget referendum are now available in the town clerk's office.

As America embraces voting early, GOP moves to restrict it

In this Dec. 11, 2020, file photo, a sign in an Atlanta neighborhood  urges people to vote early in Georgia's two U.S. Senate races. Republicans are moving to make it harder for that to happen again, potentially affecting the voting preferences for millions of Americans in future elections. The GOP's campaign to place new restrictions on mail-in and early voting in certain states will force voters to contend with new rules on what are popular and proven methods of casting ballots. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

More than 111 million Americans voted before Election Day in 2020

City of Groton Police Union Local 3355 endorses Hedrick for mayor

The City of Groton Police Local 3355 of Council 4 AFSCME unanimously voted to endorse Keith Hedrick for mayor of Groton City.

As two Democrats face off in unprecedented Groton City election, Republicans say they will remain neutral

Democratic candidates for Groton City mayor, incumbent Keith Hedrick, left, (photo by Sean D. Elliot/The Day), and challenger Aundre Bumgardner (photo by Aaron Kane).

As two Democrats run for Groton City's top office, the Republican Party says it will remain neutral, while individual Democrats are personally backing each candidate.

Will Smith film departs Georgia over voting restrictions

Will Smith attends the premiere of

Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua have pulled production of their runaway slave drama “Emancipation” from Georgia over the state’s recently enacted law restricting voting...

Georgia governor: Loss of All-Star game will hurt minorities

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Atlanta, about Major League Baseball's decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over baseball's objection to a new Georgia voting law. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Georgia’s Republican governor has stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new...

Norwich Democratic Town Committee seeks candidates

The Norwich DTC is recruiting candidates for the offices of mayor, City Council, Board of Education and city treasurer for the upcoming 2021 municipal elections.

Lamont order will allow absentee voting in spring elections

Gov. Ned Lamont has signed an executive order that will allow people to use the continuing COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to vote by absentee in any election, primary or referendum held before May 20

North Stonington residents approve items at first hybrid town meeting

About 120 residents voting from home and in person, approved six items during the town's first hybrid town meeting on Monday night.

Have you had difficulty voting? The Day wants to hear your stories and suggestions

Voting rights has been a topic of conversation throughout the country during the past weeks and months.

After new law, McConnell warns CEOs: 'Stay out of politics'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky., Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it’s a “big lie” to call the new voting law in Georgia restrictive

Corporations gave over $50M to voting restriction backers

FILE - In this July 18, 2019, file photo, a sign is displayed at an AT&T retail store in Miami. Corporations have given more than $50 million in recent years to state lawmakers who have seized on Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen 2020 election to push for new restrictions on the right to vote. That's according to a new report by the government watchdog nonprofit Public Citizen. Telecom-giant AT&T was the most prolific giver, donating over $800,000 since 2015 to authors of proposed restrictions, co-sponsors of such measures, or those who voted in favor of the bills, a new report by the Washington-based non-profit Public Citizen found. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Corporations have given more than $50 million in recent years to state lawmakers who have seized on Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen 2020 election to push for new restrictions on the right...

Georgia governor vows a fight after MLB yanks All-Star Game

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp listens to a question during a news conference at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Atlanta, about Major League Baseball's decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over the league's objection to a new Georgia voting law. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Baseball fans are divided about Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from Georgia over the new voting law that critics say will hurt communities of color

Hedrick announces write-in candidacy for May 3 Groton City general election

Democratic candidates for Groton City mayor, incumbent Keith Hedrick, left, (photo by Sean D. Elliot/The Day), and challenger Aundre Bumgardner (photo by Aaron Kane). Hedrick, who lost the March 8 Democratic primary to Bumgardner by five votes, announced Friday, April 2, 2021, that he would challenge Bumgardner in the May 3 general election as a write-in candidate.

Groton City Mayor Keith Hedrick announced on Friday his write-in candidacy for the May 3 general election.

North Stonington to hold hybrid town meeting April 5

A special town meeting to vote on seven items including changing how selectmen are elected will be held virtually and in person on Monday, April 5 at 6 p.m.

Democrats dispute police report in Georgia lawmaker's arrest

State Rep. Park Cannon, D-Atlanta, is placed into the back of a Georgia State Capitol patrol car after being arrested by Georgia State Troopers at the Georgia State Capitol Building in Atlanta, Thursday, March 25, 2021. Cannon was arrested by Capitol police after she attempted to knock on the door of the Gov. Brian Kemp office during his remarks after he signed into law a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Allies of a Democratic lawmaker arrested last week during a protest of Georgia’s new Republican-backed election law are pushing back on a police report that compares that protest to the...

Norwich Democratic Council President Mark Bettencourt announces mayoral bid

2021 Norwich Democratic mayoral candidate Mark Bettencourt. (Submitted photo)

Norwich Democratic Council President Pro Tempore Mark Bettencourt will challenge incumbent Republican Mayor Peter Nystrom.

Exit polls indicate no clear winner in Israeli elections

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara cast their ballots at a polling station as Israelis vote in a general election, in Jerusalem , Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Israelis began voting on Tuesday in the country's fourth parliamentary election in two years — a highly charged referendum on the divisive rule of  Netanyahu. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool via AP)

Exit polls indicate there is no clear winner in Tuesday’s Israeli election, leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fate uncertain and signaling continued political deadlock

Bill would end one-party dominance on New London's City Council

A bill proposed by Republican state Sen. Paul Formica would put a check on the power of Democrats in the city and end an exemption written into state law that has allowed its two major governing...

Opinion

Washington GOP chooses lie over Cheney; state Republicans stall voting reforms

Rep. Liz Cheney recognizes that the “Big Lie” — the claim that President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election because of widespread fraud and corruption — is a danger to...