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2020 Election News

Preston school board race is the only contest on Nov. 2 ballot

All three incumbent selectmen are unopposed on the Nov. 2 election ballot.

Montville Republican Town Committee chairman files complaint against Democratic Town Committee

Thomas McNally charges the Democratic Town Committee wasn't properly paying for its headquarters.

Voter registration sessions to be held Oct. 26 throughout region

Municipalities in the region will hold a special registration session Tuesday, Oct. 26, for all eligible unregistered voters.

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


Quiet races for Lyme's top spots

Races for first selectmen and selectmen seats are uncontested.

Lyme's BOF contests stand out in otherwise quiet election

The only contested races on the November ballot are for Board of Finance.

Norwich mayoral campaign finance reports show incumbent Nystrom with cash lead

Incumbent Mayor Peter Nystrom leads Democratic challenger Mark Bettencourt in fundraising, starting with a $10,000 loan he put into the coffers.

Federal funding fuels political wrangling in East Lyme

Board of Finance Chairman Camille Alberti, also a candidate for first selectman, calls for a pause on pandemic relief spending while others say time is of the essence.

Marjorie Taylor Greene to visit Connecticut

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., waves as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Jan. 4, 2021, in support of Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue in Dalton, Ga. She will be appearing at a political event here in Connecticut this month.  (Brynn Anderson/AP Photo)

The sitting U.S. House member's speaking appearance caused some confusion when state Rep. Mike France was seen on the initial flyer for the event before being taken off.

Stonington superintendent of schools submits resignation letter

Van W. Riley, superintendent of Stonington Public Schools delivers a statement Feb. 2, 2017, during the Stonington School Board meeting at Stonington High School.  (Tim Cook/The Day, FILE)

Superintendent of Schools Van Riley submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday morning after leading the school system for the past nine years.

Gessner reelected chairman of Mohegan Tribal Council

Five council members elected in August began new terms Oct. 4.

Fired Georgia election workers accused of shredding voter applications

In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo, Fulton County Georgia election chief Rick Barron talks to reporters as workers scan ballots during a presidential recount in Atlanta. Officials in Georgia's most populous county, where election operations are already under review by the state, have fired two workers accused of shredding paper voter registration applications, according to a county statement released Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)

Officials in Georgia’s most populous county have fired two workers accused of shredding paper voter registration applications

Campaign aims to raise awareness about Sikh faith, history

The Sikh Art Gallery in Norwich is sponsoring a campaign with Sikh community members to raise awareness about their history and heritage.

New England officials convene with academics to talk election cybersecurity

Deputy Secretary of the State Scott Bates offered Connecticut’s perspective during the event.

Stonington voters reject tax break for downtown Pawcatuck apartment building

Frances Sisk, right, receives her ballot to vote on the referendums from checker Jill Beaudoin, left, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at the District 2 polling station at the Former Pawcatuck Middle School.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Residents flocked to the polls Tuesday to reject a proposed tax break for the developer of an 82-unit affordable housing project on the Campbell Grain site as well as reject a proposed ban on...

Absentee ballots available in Stonington for Nov. 2 election

Absentee ballots for the Tuesday, Nov. 2, municipal election are now available in the Town Clerk's office.

Waterford and Montville clerks echo the integrity of absentee ballots

The town clerks from Waterford and Montville describe the process for absentee ballots ahead of local elections, asurring the integrity of its count.

New London Greens open campaign office Wednesday

The New London Greens invite the public to join them for snacks, music and an opportunity to meet this year’s candidates on Wednesday.

Montville Republican registrar criticized for social media posts

One post by Jeff Rogers charged that “Democrats are pushing a civil war.”

Poll finds 23% of Americans not getting enough to eat

Barrios Unidos president Lupe Salazar pushes a dolly filled with canned food ahead of a food drive on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Chimayó, N.M. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Many Americans struggling to feed their families over the past pandemic year say they've had difficulty figuring out how to get help and had trouble finding healthy foods they can afford

East Lyme officials pin hopes on temporary fix for public safety building

Officials are setting their hopes on a $11,679 "temporary barrier" so staff can move in by November or early December, according to the chairman of the building committee.

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...

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


Restore voting rights act

The intent is to put teeth back into the 1965 Voting Rights Act with provisions that answer Supreme Court decisions in 2013 and this year.