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2020 Election News

Groton registrars to hold lottery for order of candidates' names on ballot

The event, on Sept. 22, will be open to the public.

Absentee ballots available for Oct. 5 referendum in Stonington

Voters will be asked if they wish to overturn approval of a property tax assessment agreement for the developers of the former Campbell Grain site and if the town should prohibit the establishment of...

Mystic Education Center, fresh perspectives among reasons cited for Groton primary results

Opposition to the redevelopment of the Mystic Education Center, a desire for fresh perspectives and advocacy on issues, and an effective campaign were among the reasons cited that helped Town...

2020 State Senate Debate Schedule

— The following state senate debates were livestreamed on 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


Bordelon secures spot on Democratic slate for Groton Town Council

Portia Bordelon talks with fellow Town Council member Aundré Bumgarder and Groton resident Catherine Pratt on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, as candidates in the Groton Democratic primary for Town Council gather outside the polling location at Fitch High School. Ten candidates were vying for the nine spots to appear as the Democratic slate for council in the November election.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Town Councilor and party Chairman Conrad Heede lost his spot on the November ballot.

Groton Democratic primary Tuesday

In a primary Tuesday, Democratic voters will elect...

Lawmakers consider redistricting at Norwich public hearing

Local citizens spoke up about the process of redrawing General Assembly and congressional districts.

Olsen joins Republican slate of council candidates

Former City Council member and mayoral candidate Marty Olsen announced on Tuesday that he would join the Republican slate of candidates seeking a seat on the City Council.

Texas Legislature sends sweeping GOP voting overhaul bill to governor

House Speaker Dade Phelan, R -Beaumont, gavels in votes at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. (Mikala Compton/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

The Texas Legislature has signed off on a sweeping GOP rewrite of election laws after months of protests by Democrats

Groton official helping state lawmaker who's considering secretary of the state run

State Rep. Hilda Santiago, D-Meriden, is considering joining a potentially crowded race for secretary of the state, assisted by Groton Town Councilor Aundré Bumgardner.

Ledyard registrars to hold lottery for order of candidates on ballot

The Ledyard Registrars will conduct the public lottery on Thursday, Sept. 9, at Town Hall.

Mark Brown, four incumbents win Mohegan Tribal Council seats

In this file photo, Mark Brown talks about his 24 years as a Mohegan Tribal councilor and chairman on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at the Mohegan Government Building in Uncasville. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Former six-term council member returned to body that oversees tribal government, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.

New London Green Party announces candidates for office

The New London Green Party has announced three candidates for local office in teh upcoming election, a group that includes prominent city activist and now city council candidate Kris Wraight.

Longtime Norwich registrar retires after grueling election season

Dianne Slopak on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in her Taftville home. The first woman to serve as Norwich's Republican registrar, she retired Wednesday after 11 years in the position.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Dianne Slopak was the first-ever woman to be the city's Republican registrar.

Marchers across U.S. call on Congress to bolster voting rights

Demonstrators hold signs during a march for voting rights, marking the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Washington. Hundreds of thousands of voting rights advocates rallied across the country Saturday to call for sweeping protections against a further erosion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Thousands of voting rights advocates are rallying across the country Saturday to call for sweeping protections against a further erosion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Mark Brown seeking to return to Mohegan Tribal Council in ongoing voting

Former six-term council member is among 10 candidates for five seats.

Groton registrars announce polling locations for Democratic primary

The locations for the Democratic primary election, which will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 14, are the same as in the Nov. 2020 presidential election.

Connecticut's COVID-19 absentee voting option remains as another pandemic election approaches

Town clerks are familiarizing themselves with a new way of running elections in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stonington to hold referendum on Campbell Grain tax break, marijuana sales

Residents, unhappy with an Aug. 9 town meeting approval of a tax break for the developers of the former Campbell Grain site in downtown Pawcatuck, have forced the town to hold a referendum on the...

Poll: COVID anxiety up, vaccine requirements favored

People in favor of and against a mask mandate for Cobb County schools gather and protest ahead of the school board meeting Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Marietta, Ga. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Anxiety in the United States over COVID-19 is at its highest level since winter

Groton Registrars to hold voter registration session

The Groton Registrars will hold a voter registration session 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at the Registrar's Office.

Groton police union endorses Cassiere and Franco for Town Council

The Groton Democratic Town Committee has announced that Groton Police Union Local No. 3428 endorsed two Town Council candidates.

Six young candidates say youth is an asset in politics

From left, Democrat Grace Carlos, 21, is running for the Montville Board of Education; Republican David Sugrue, 19, and Democrat Jennifer Kohl, 23, are running for the Waterford Representative Town Meeting; Democrat Danni Cruz, 18, is running for the New London Board of Education and Republican Olivia Fairchild, 23, is running for East Lyme Planning Commission alternate. (Submitted photos)

While they have policy differences, they all agree that political participation from young people is essential.

New London voters back police minimum staffing ordinance

Voters at a referendum on Tuesday rejected a City Council decision to repeal a minimum police staffing ordinance.

New London votes Tuesday on police staffing ordinance

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to allow residents to vote on repeal of a controversial staffing ordinance for the police department.

Bordelon secures enough signatures for Democratic primary

Town Councilor Portia Bordeon obtained enough signatures to warrant a Democratic primary for Town Council

East Lyme voters once again show support for public safety building

The money for the roof replacement approved by voters will come from $2.7 million in federal COVID-relief aid already sitting in the town bank account.

Mattson endorsed by Democrats and Republicans in run for Lyme's top spot

The Board of Finance features the only contested races among the two parties.

Denise Merrill, others weigh in on her voting rights record

Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill stands by the majority leader's desk Friday, July 23, 2021, in the state House of Representatives Chambers at the State Capitol in Hartford. She served over eight terms as a state representative from the 54th District and served one term as the majority leader. She has announced that she will not run for a fourth term as secretary of the state.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Secretary of the state since 2011, she will not run again.

State Rep. Mike France named in campaign finance complaint

The Ledyard state representative’s campaign categorically denied the complaint, which alleges France improperly received help from a conservative group.

Bordelon announces that she will pursue primary campaign for Groton Town Council

Portia Bordelon, a Democratic Town Councilor, announced that she is pursuing a primary campaign for reelection to Town Council.

Ledyard Town Council vacancy filled on second try

The council is back at full strength again, after the panel Wednesday night approved the nomination of Hilary Evans to fill a vacancy.

Old Lyme Democrats tap school board member for first selectman candidate

Martha H. Shoemaker said she is running with Jim Lampos, the Democratic selectman candidate, to bring "a breath of fresh air" to local government.

Groton Democrats, Republicans endorse candidates

Democrats, who control the Town Council, announced a council slate that did not include incumbent Portia Bordelon, though she received endorsements for Board of Education and Representative Town...

Connecticut Democratic Party rule change felt on local level

Republicans are criticizing Democrats for choosing municipal candidates mostly by town committee rather than caucus.

Waterford's candidates announced for November elections

The town has a lengthy list of Republicans and Democrats running in November, with a couple of young faces on the ballot.

Displaced East Lyme Democrat goes unaffiliated, gets Republican endorsement

Rose Ann Hardy, running as an unaffiliated selectman candidate, accepted the GOP endorsement at Monday night's Republican caucus.

Ledyard candidate slates named for November ballot

Incumbents from both parties seek reelection.

New London Democrats endorse slate of candidates

The New London Democratic Party will be running four new Board of Education candidates and two new City Council candidates in the 2021 municipal elections.

Newcomers eager to run in Montville's municipal election

Both the Democratic and Republican town committees have announced the slates they are endorsing for November, and the newcoming candidates are eager to make a difference.

Norwich Republican businessman to run for Board of Education

Yamir Flores, owner of a pest control business, will replace Robert Dempsky as a Republican candidate for Norwich school board.


Groton's Democratic Chairman Conrad Heede needs to resign

Heede should listen to his party's voters, who overwhelmingly rejected his candidacy for Town Council in this week's primary and sent a loud, clear message for change in the way the party is run.