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2020 Election News

Comings and goings on Ledyard Town Council

For the second time in two months, the Town Council is filling a vacancy on its panel.

Preston voters approve both school and town budgets for 2021-22

Voters bucked past trends Wednesday and approved both the 2021-22 school and town government budgets in the first referendum try.

Special General Assembly session could address voting rights, climate initiatives

Aside from recreational cannabis, there are a few other priorities lawmakers would like to get to during the upcoming legislative special session.

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


Manchin's opposition clouds future of Dems' elections bill

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is surrounded by reporters as senators rush to the chamber for votes ahead of the approaching Memorial Day recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Lawmakers still face standoffs on an infrastructure bill, police reform, voting rights, and a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A key Democratic senator says he won't not vote for the largest overhaul of U.S. election law in at least a generation

Biden pushes for US voting rights law as restrictions mount

President Joe Biden speaks as he commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, at the Greenwood Cultural Center, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden has used the 100th anniversary of Tulsa’s race massacre to plea for sweeping legislation in Congress to protect the right to vote

Texas Democrats' walkout escalates voting battles

State Rep. Nicole Collier, D- Fort Worth, the chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on Sunday May 30, 2021, against Senate Bill 7, known as the Election Integrity Protection Act. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

A dramatic late-night walkout in the Texas Capitol that blocked sweeping new voting restrictions is giving Democrats a boost of morale after months of racking up losses in GOP-controlled statehouses...

Texas GOP puts final touches on sweeping voting restrictions

In this May 6, 2021, file photo, a group opposing new voter legislation gather outside the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. Texas Republicans dug in Saturday, May 29, for a final weekend vote on some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the U.S., finalizing a sweeping bill that would eliminate drive-thru voting, reduce polling hours and scale back Sunday voting, when many Black churchgoers head to the polls. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Texas Republicans are digging in for a final weekend vote on some of the most restrictive new voting laws in the U.S. A sweeping bill finalized Saturday would eliminate drive-thru voting, reduce...

Connecticut voters to decide in 2022 whether to allow early voting

The state Senate has passed a resolution that will allow the voters to decide in 2022 whether to end Connecticut’s long-standing restrictions on when they’re allowed to vote by absentee...

East Lyme's deputy first selectman aims for top spot

Republican Selectman Kevin Seery announced Monday he is running to replace First Selectman Mark Nickerson, who is not up for reelection.

House passes bill rolling back absentee voting restrictions

Democrats find a way to move Connecticut toward no-excuse absentee voting.

Open space advocates sell preservation as a money saver

Of the 212 voters at the annual town meeting on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Lyme, 202 raised their hands in support of a resolution to set the savings target for the open space reserve fund at $1 million. (Elizabeth Regan/The Day)

Lyme taxpayers convened Wednesday in an open field, where issues of taxation, land preservation and affordable housing converged.

With large turnout, Noankers pass budget and hear updates in annual meeting

Around 200 people showed up to the Noank Fire District Executive Committee annual meeting on Wednesday evening.

AP Interview: Disinformation concerns mail voting expert

In this Tuesday, May 18, 2021, photograph, Amber McReynolds, chief executive officer of the National Vote at Home Institute, is shown in the Cherry Creek shopping district in Denver. McReynolds has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Amber McReynolds, the CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute, tells The Associated Press in an interview that she is concerned about disinformation, attacks on election officials and lack of...

With low turnout, Ledyard voters pass budget

Only about 3% of the registered voters in Ledyard turned out at the polls Tuesday to pass the town's 2021-22 budget.

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.

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.


Applauding Connecticut's voting reforms

While other states put up new barriers to voting, it is good to see Connecticut — which has had among the most restrictive voting laws — moving in the other direction.