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2020 Election News

Conley, Gauthier secure endorsements for 40th District state House seat

State Rep. Christine Conley and Groton RTM member Lauren Gauthier each secured their respective party's endorsements for the 40th District state House seat.

Somers, Statchen each get unanimous party endorsement in 18th District

The Republican and Democratic conventions for the district were held remotely this past week.

Incumbent Norm Needleman to face Republican Brendan Saunders in 33rd state Senate District race

Democratic state Sen. Norm Needleman is running for his second term and will face newcomer Republican Brendan Saunders, who was endorsed Monday during a virtual convention.

Biden campaign limits press access during virtual fundraiser

FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden, participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., not seen, at CNN Studios in Washington. This may be the best of times politically for Biden, who won three massive endorsements over the last week, none bigger than former rival Bernie Sanders. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Joe Biden’s campaign wouldn’t let reporters listen to a question-and-answer session during a virtual fundraiser with Wall Street donors

Connecticut braces for elections during pandemic

Ballot clerks Linda Sadowski, left and Anne Wozniak chat with voters waiting in line for a voting booth Nov. 6, 2018, on the District 1 side of the polling station in the Stonington Borough firehouse. One major concern over elections this year is staffing polls, with elderly poll workers most at risk if they contract COVID-19.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

One major concern is poll worker staffing, with elderly poll workers most at risk if they contract COVID-19.

Republican Holly Cheeseman and Democrat Cate Steel endorsed for 37th House District

Democrats unanimously endorsed Steel to run for the state representative seat, while Republicans unanimously endorsed Cheeseman to run for her third term in the seat.

All Connecticut voters can vote by absentee ballot in August primaries

Gov. Ned Lamont issued an executive order Wednesday that will allow all registered voters in the state to cast their Aug. 11 primary election votes by absentee ballot due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden on Trump hits: 'I don't want to get down in the mud'

FILE - In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., on March 12, 2020, left, and President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on April 5, 2020. (AP Photo, File)

Joe Biden is deflecting questions about President Donald Trump's allegations of improper behavior during the Obama administration and other conspiracy theories pushed by his top allies

Hebron Republican endorsed to challenge Osten

The 19th state Senate District Republican convention Monday endorsed Hebron candidate Steve Weir to challenge Democrat Cathy Osten.

Biden says he would not pardon Trump or block investigations

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2017, file photo Vice President Joe Biden listens during a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, where President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Democratic candidate Joe Biden says that if he wins the presidency he will not use his power to pardon Donald Trump or stop any investigations of Trump and his associates

Biden accuser Tara Reade gives first on-camera interview

Reade’s allegation remains a simmering political problem for Biden in the #MeToo era.

State making plans to protect elections from cyber threats, pandemic

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is scheduled to announce a plan Monday afternoon to secure election systems across the state from cyberattack this fall and prepare polling places to safely...

Biden reaches deal to let Sanders keep hundreds of delegates

Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, greet each other before they participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington, Sunday, March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has agreed to let former primary rival Bernie Sanders keep hundreds of delegates that Sanders would otherwise forfeit by dropping out of the presidential race

Biden to discuss sexual assault claim Friday morning

Biden's campaign, which has denied the allegation, had no immediate comment.

Biden wins Ohio's mail-in primary delayed by coronavirus

Marcia McCoy drops her ballot into a box outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. The first major test of an almost completely vote-by-mail election during a pandemic is unfolding Tuesday in Ohio, offering lessons to other states about how to conduct one of the most basic acts of democracy amid a health crisis. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Former Vice President Joe Biden has won Ohio’s presidential primary

State House candidate Cate Steel to host new Zoom series

The series will feature panels of “local experts” to address a range of issues affecting East Lyme residents, exploring the question: How are we surviving during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Ohio's mail-in primary tests voting during virus outbreak

In this April 22, 2020, photo, Jim O'Bryan drops his election ballot in the drop box at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland. Ohio’s primary will be the nation’s first major test of an almost completely vote-by-mail election. The Tuesday primary also could provide a preview of a November election that might still be marred by the coronavirus outbreak. Joe Biden has all but locked up the Democratic presidential nomination since the state's March 17 primary was delayed. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

The first major test of an almost completely vote-by-mail election during a pandemic is about to unfold in Ohio, offering lessons to other states about how to conduct one of the most basic acts of...

Poll: Rising support for mail voting amid pandemic

In this March 17, 2020, file photo a poll worker at the Su Nueva Lavanderia polling place uses rubber gloves as she enters a ballot in the ballot box in Chicago. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds Democrats are now much more likely than Republicans to support their state conducting elections exclusively by mail, 47% to 29%. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Americans’ support for mail-in voting has jumped amid concerns about the safety of polling places during the coronavirus pandemic

Biden suggests Trump will attempt to delay November election

In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a caucus night event in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Joe Biden said Thursday that President Donald Trump will try to delay the November election, or put in place policies that make voting highly burdensome, in order to win a second term in the White...

Leading in pandemic becomes part of audition for Biden's VP

FILE - In this March 2, 2020, file photo Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., endorses presumptive Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally in Dallas. Klobuchar praises the former vice president on television and Twitter as she pushes her plan for an all-mail November election and responding to coronavirus in rural America. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

As presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden begins the process of choosing a running mate amid the coronavirus crisis, managing the pandemic has become its own version of an audition

Warren becomes latest ex-presidential rival to back Biden

In this Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., shake hands on stage before the start of a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Warren has endorsed Joe Biden, becoming the last of the former vice president’s major Democratic presidential rivals to formally back him.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has endorsed Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential race

Biden, liberal court candidate win chaotic Wisconsin vote

City of Milwaukee Election Commission workers process absentee ballots for Tuesday's primary election, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in downtown Milwaukee, Wis.  (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Joe Biden and a liberal candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court whose opponent was endorsed by President Donald Trump have emerged victorious in the state’s turbulent election

Biden vs. Trump: General election battle is now set

FILE - In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., on March 12, 2020, left, and President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on April 5, 2020. Barring unforeseen disaster, Biden will represent the Democratic Party against Trump this fall, the former vice president's place on the general election ballot cemented Wednesday, April 8, by Bernie Sanders' decision to end his campaign. (AP Photo)

The general election for president is underway between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden

Sanders drops 2020 bid, leaving Biden as likely nominee

In this image from video, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Sanders ends presidential campaign after disappointing primary results, leaving Biden as likely Democratic nominee

Secretary of the State: Connecticut primary 'doesn't make sense'

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill asks candidates with no chance of winning to "act accordingly," given the health concerns of holding a primary on June 2.

Wisconsin voters wait for hours, others stay home amid virus

People line up to vote at Riverside High School during the primary in Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Voters lined up to cast ballots across Wisconsin on Tuesday, ignoring a stay-at-home order in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to participate in the state's presidential primary election. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Thousands of Wisconsin voters waited hours in long lines outside overcrowded polling stations to participate in Tuesday's presidential primary election

Wisconsin moves forward with primary Tuesday despite virus concerns

This April 6, 2020, photo provided by Scott Trindl shows one of the tables, fitted with protective plexiglass, at the sole polling location for city of Waukesha, Wis., residents. (Scott Trindl via AP)

Voters in Wisconsin face a choice Tuesday of participating in a presidential primary election or heeding warnings from public health officials to stay away from large crowds during the coronavirus...

Top advisers urge Sanders to consider ending run

In this Sept. 29, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses while speaking at a campaign event at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter)

A small group of Bernie Sanders' top aides and allies - including his campaign manager and his longtime strategist - have encouraged the independent senator from Vermont to consider withdrawing from...

Democrats delay nominating convention amid virus concerns

FILE - In this July 26, 2016, file photo the stage is reflected on a glass window on the suite level at Wells Fargo Arena as Timmy Kelly sings the national anthem before the start of the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Democrats and Republicans to take a close look at whether they'll be able to move forward as planned this summer with conventions that typically kick off the general election season. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its convention until the week of Aug. 17

State to receive $5.4 million in federal relief funds for election safety, security

The funding is part of the $2 trillion federal relief package and could help hire more poll workers and cleaning supplies needed to protect against COVID-19 spread.

How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots

FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, ballots are prepared for counting at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. The coronavirus has knocked presidential primaries back several weeks as officials worry about voters crowding into polling places. If the disease remains a hazard in November, Democrats say there's only one solution to preserve the November election, national voting by mail. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Democrats have long argued that elections should be conducted by mail to make them easier for voters, and the coronavirus outbreak is giving new momentum to their cause


Setting the stage for Biden's VP pick

Biden should share with the public a detailed job description outlining the qualities he is seeking and the duties he expects from his vice president if elected.