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2020 Election News

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...

Mail-in ballots thrust Postal Service into presidential race

Part of a car caravan of postal employees has a sign on it asking Congress to approve emergency funding for the Postal Service, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. Postal Service’s famous motto — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers” — is being tested like never before, by challenges that go well beyond the weather. Its finances have been devastated by the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The U.S. Postal Service’s famous motto that “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers” is being tested like never before, by challenges well beyond...

Trump team seeks 4th debate with Biden, cites voting by mail

President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the PREVENTS

President Donald Trump’s campaign is requesting a fourth debate with his presumptive Democratic rival, citing an expected surge in mail and absentee voting this fall because of the coronavirus

AP-NORC poll: Trump adds to divisions in an unhappy country

FILE - In this June 16, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks during an event on police reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Americans are deeply unhappy about the state of their country, and a majority think Trump is doing more to divide the nation than unite it, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that Americans are deeply unhappy about the state of their country

Health experts warn of coronavirus risks at Trump's upcoming rally

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, June 14, 2020, after stepping off Marine One as he returns from his golf club in New Jersey. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

With President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, Okla., less than a week away, health experts warned that the indoor venue and potentially large crowd could help spread the coronavirus, putting...

'It's broken': Fears grow about strength of U.S. voting system

A person waits in line to vote in the Georgia's primary election at Park Tavern on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The chaos that plagued Georgia’s primary this week is raising concerns about a potential broader failure of the nation’s patchwork election system that political leaders and elections...

Biden: Main worry is Trump will try to 'steal this election'

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event in Dover, Del., Friday, June 5, 2020. Biden has won the last few delegates he needed to clinch the Democratic nomination for president. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Joe Biden says his chief worry is that President Donald Trump will attempt to “steal” the November election

Marx and Formica earn party nominations in bid for state Senate seat

The race for the 20th District Senate seat will be a repeat of a close race in 2018 that pitted incumbent Republican state Sen. Paul Formica against Democrat Martha Marx.

Democrats look to counter GOP vote-by-mail fraud claims

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election. Democrats are mounting a new effort to push back against a well-funded Republican campaign that seeks to undermine public confidence in mail-in-voting. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Democrats are mounting a new effort to push back against a well-funded Republican campaign that seeks to undermine public confidence in mail-in voting

Biden, Trump chalk up more primary wins in Rhode Island

Poll worker Neuza Ferreira, left, checks in voter Christina Tremblay, right, both of Providence, R.I., Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at a voting station, in Providence. In-person voting is being offered at a reduced number of locations for voters who missed the deadline to request a mail ballot. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Joe Biden and President Donald Trump have handily won the presidential primaries in Rhode Island

Norwich moves polling place out of senior housing complex amid COVID-19 concerns

Precinct 6 polling place will move from AHEPA housing to the American Legion, 457 Laurel Hill Road for Aug. 11 primary and Nov 3 election.

Senate candidate Statchen has National Guard deployment extended

Bob Statchen, the Democratic candidate for the 18th District State Senate seat, has had his Connecticut Air National Guard deployments extended through June 24, according to his campaign.

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