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2020 Election News

What is it like to campaign for state Senate in a pandemic?

People listen to Bob Statchen, right, Democratic candidate for state Senate in the 18th District, during a candidate forum Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, hosted by Eastern Connecticut in Solidarity at Veterans Memorial Park in Jewett City. Mark DePonte, candidate in the primary for the 45th District state House seat, also participated in the event. Statchen will face Republican incumbent Sen. Heather Somers in the November election. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

State Senate candidates in southeastern Connecticut are taking different approaches to door-knocking, and getting creative.

Why some voters have not yet received absentee ballots

The Secretary of the State’s Office sent absentee ballots to all but 20,000 registered Democrats and Republicans ahead of the Aug. 11 primary election. It's up to town and city clerks to send...

Commission rejects Trump push to add debate against Biden

President Donald Trump walks towards members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has rejected a request from the Trump campaign to either add an additional general election debate or move up the calendar for the contests

Two Republicans face off in Aug. 11 primary to challenge Joe Courtney

Thomas Gilmer, a commercial roofer who is endorsed by the state GOP, and Justin Anderson, a lieutenant colonel in the Connecticut National Guard, are seeking the Republican nomination in the Aug. 11...

Absentee voting expansion presents challenges for municipal governments

In response to the expansion of absentee voting provisions, municipal clerks in the region are dealing with an unprecedented amount of ballots and ballot applications this election cycle

Is postal service ready to handle increased mail ballots?

Like many other states across the country, Connecticut election officials are preparing for an influx of people voting by mail this fall due to discomfort about going to the polls in person during...

Montville primary for Republican registrar has become a contentious affair

Current registrar Dana McFee is facing challenger Jeff Rogers.

Two candidates face off in Democratic primary for 30th District probate judge race

Attorney Sarah Moriarty, left, (photo by Marie Eck) will be challenging party-endorsed candidate Beth Ladwig Leamon, right, (photo by Anna Sawin) in the Democratic primary for 30th District probate judge.

Party-endorsed candidate Beth Ladwig Leamon of Stonington and challenger Sarah D. Moriarty of Groton are running in the Aug. 11 Democratic primary for 30th District probate judge.

Groton City District 2 voting location changed to Zbierski House due to construction

The Registrars of Voters issued a notice for the August 11 primary that the Groton City District 2 voting place has changed to the Zbierski House at Eastern Point Beach.

Analysis: Why Trump's election delay tweet matters

With Air Force One in the background, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event with Florida Sheriffs in Tampa, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump has floated the prospect of delaying the Nov. 3 election, something that he is unable to do on his own and that has never happened in previous national crises

Trump campaign temporarily pauses ad spending to review its messaging

The Trump campaign's efforts to hit the reset button and refocus ahead of the vote come as the president has continued to push divisive messages that have frustrated members of his own party.

Berger withdraws from Judge of Probate race

Attorney Matthew Berger has announced that he has withdrawn from the race for the Judge of Probate position covering Groton, Ledyard, North Stonington and Stonington.

Groton election materials will be in English and Spanish

The Groton registrars of voters issued a public service announcement that all election materials will be in English and Spanish.

Trump floats election 'delay' amid claims of voting fraud

President Donald Trump delivers remarks about American energy production during a visit to the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

President Donald Trump is for the first time floating a “delay" to November's presidential election

Oz Griebel, two-time Connecticut governor candidate, dies following accident

Oz Griebel, independent gubernatorial candidate, greets customers on July 18, 2018, at Muddy Waters in New London. Griebel, who was struck last week by a car while jogging in Pennsylvania, has died, his family said in a brief statement released Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A former two-time candidate for Connecticut governor who was hit by a car while jogging in Pennsylvania has died

State Senate passes bill expanding absentee voting provisions

The measure received bipartisan support from legislators, passing on a 35-1 vote, though Republicans argued the bill had holes in terms of election security, and some Democrats said it didn’t...

Republicans like Trump's leadership of economy

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 Photos, File)

But Democrats think he mostly takes care of the wealthy.

Twitter and Facebook become targets in Trump and Biden ads

This photo combo of images shows, clockwise, from upper left: President Donald Trump speaking during a news conference at the White House on July 22, 2020, in Washington, the Twitter app, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaking during a campaign event on July 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del., and the Facebook app. With just 100 days to go until Election Day, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden aren't just attacking one another in online ads. Their ads are also targeting tech companies like Facebook and Twitter. (AP Photo)

With just 100 days until Election Day, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden aren't just attacking one another in online ads

AP-NORC poll: U.S. course at record low, Trump sinks on virus

FILE - In this July 24, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that at a pivotal moment for President Donald Trump, he is out of step with the country on the most important issues facing it. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The November U.S. election is 100 days away and a new poll finds some perilous signs for President Donald Trump

New London to hold special voter registration session

A special voter registration session will be held on July 28 in advance of an Aug. 11 primary.

Groton registrars to hold voter registration session on July 28

Groton registrars will hold a voter registration session from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 28 at their office.

Obama blasts Trump, praises Biden in new 2020 campaign video

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2017, file photo, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden arrive for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. 2020 presidential candidate and former Vice President Biden is releasing a video of his first in-person meeting with former President Obama since the coronavirus outbreak began, enlisting the former president to help slam his successor's response to the pandemic. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Joe Biden and Barack Obama are stepping up their attacks on President Donald Trump and defending their time in the White House in a new video

R.I. voters' rights groups challenge mail-in ballot requirements

Two voters’ rights groups in Rhode Island have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s vote-by-mail witness and notary requirements, saying the rule unnecessarily puts...

Public weighs in on bill to expand absentee voting in Connecticut

On Tuesday, An Act Concerning Absentee Voting at the 2020 State Election and Election Day Registration received overwhelming support from Connecticut residents who testified before a legislative...

Ledyard Registrars of Voters announce enrollment session

The Registrars of Voters will be hosting an enrollment session for eligible voters to register to vote in the Aug. 11 primary.

Trump not ready to commit to election results if he loses

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during an event on regulatory reform on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump is going to keep people in suspense about how he'll respond to the election

Local Democrats support a woman for Joe Biden's running mate

Former Vice President Joe Biden listens as Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Joe Biden is expected to announce his vice president soon, so The Day sought a sense of who Democratic voters would like him to pick.

Region's legislators weigh in on four special session bills

Once Gov. Ned Lamont makes the call, the House is expected to convene at the State Capitol late next week to begin deliberating the four bills, Senate Democrat press aide Lawrence Cook said Friday.

East Lyme to hold mandatory voter registration Tuesday

The registrar's office is holding a mandatory voter registration session from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at its office in Town Hall.

After Trump campaign swap, questions — and Kushner — remain

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during an event on regulatory reform on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump’s campaign shakeup was meant to reassure nervous Republicans, but it's unlikely to do much to alter the day-to-day operations, which are run by Jared Kushner

Analysis: Trump wants a 2016 repeat in a very different year

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on regulatory reform on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump is hoping that a late change in his campaign leadership team can get his reelection bid back on track after a difficult stretch

Biden unveils climate change plan with energy revamp

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at McGregor Industries in Dunmore, Pa., Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Joe Biden released a plan Tuesday aimed at combating climate change and spurring economic growth in part by overhauling America’s energy industry

Groton Registrars of Voters to post inactive list for people to review

The Groton Registrars of Voters will post an inactive list of anyone removed since the last election in November 2019.

Southeastern Connecticut voters weigh in on presidential election

The Day received a variety of opinions from respondents regarding Trump’s COVID-19 response, how he’s handled mass protests against racism and police brutality, and whether Biden...

Republicans endorse Ritacco to run for regional probate judge

Republicans have endorsed attorney Salvatore Ritacco of Pawcatuck as their candidate for Probate Judge for the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Probate District.

CDC voting safety guidelines support mail, early balloting

Pole worker Bob Tipton hands a ballot to a voter during voting at precinct 61 in Edmond, Okla.,Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman via AP)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that voters consider alternatives to casting their ballots in person during upcoming elections, as states expand absentee and early...

Democrats endorse Leamon to run for regional probate judge

Democrats have endorsed attorney Elizabeth Ladwig Leamon of Stonington as their candidate for Probate Judge for the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Probate District.

Supreme Court rules states can bind presidential electors' votes

A police officer walks outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College

U.S. jobs surge: Trump sees sunshine, Biden 'no victory yet'

President Donald Trump swings a baseball bat during the Spirit of America Showcase at the White House, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The U.S. economy just posted its largest single-month job gain in history

Urgo, Chesebrough call on state to reform voting to attract unaffiliated candidates

The two leaders of Stonington and North Stonington are calling on the General Assembly to enact a new method of voting that would allow unaffiliated voters to more easily run for office without...


Fix the plane before landing it for Nov. 3 vote

The last-minute communication problems before Tuesday's primary vote need to be improved upon before the unprecedented use of absentee ballots in the coming general election.