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Local Election News

Norwich superintendent, registrars dispute school use for polling places

The push for enhanced security in schools along with the desire to avoid disruptions to student learning are clashing with the convenience, low cost and practicality of using city schools as polling...

Bernie Sanders campaign reminds voters of deadline to switch parties

A contact with the Bernie Sanders campaign in Connecticut is reminding voters registered in a political party that they have until Jan. 26 to change their party affiliation if they wish to vote in...

Jutila says he won't seek re-election

Longtime Democratic legislator will step down from 37th House District seat covering East Lyme, Salem.

Republicans take leadership roles on Norwich Board of Education

With the one Democrat on the now GOP-controlled Board of Education objecting to a Republican sweep of the officer positions, the board voted by paper ballot Tuesday to elect Republicans as chairman,...

New GOP-controlled City Council, school board, treasurer take office in Norwich

The newly elected city council, from front to back, Peter Nystrom, Joanne Philbrick, H. Tucker Braddock, Stacy Gould, Gerald Martin and Bill Nash  take their oath of office from city clerk Betsy Barrett Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Norwich City Hall.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Standing ovations greeted the newly sworn-in Norwich City Council, Board of Education and new treasurer Tuesday, formalizing the historic results of the Nov. 3 election that brought all three elected...

Rob Simmons takes over as Stonington first selectman

Rob Simmons took over as Stonington first selectman on Tuesday, promising that he and his fellow selectmen will govern together and work as a team with department heads and employees.

New London Republicans regroup after Election Day losses

When the new City Council is sworn in on Dec. 7, it will be the first time in recent memory that the seven-member council is completely composed of Democrats.

Waterford Town Clerk's office to change hands after 24 years

Outgoing Waterford Town Clerk Bob Nye stands in the clerk's records vault Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Nye, who has been in office for 24-years, was ousted in this month's election and will leave at the end of the year. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Robert Nye fought off Republican challengers for the town clerk seat every four years. But, come January, the office will have a new face in it for the first time in 24 years.

Draw from a basket determines New London school board seat

The Rev. Daniel Martino, center, representing Aracelis Vazquez-Haye pulls a slip of paper out of the basket held by City Attorney Jeffrey Londregan, right, while Nancy Baude, left, representing Robert Funk, holds her slip of paper during the tiebreaker for the seventh slot on the New London Board of Education Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Both candidates were not available for the pulling a slip of paper out of a basket, so each selected their representatives.  Rev. Daniel Martino is holding his cell phone so Aracelis Vazquez-Haye could watch the event on FaceTime. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Aracelis Vazquez-Haye secured the seventh and final seat on the Board of Education Thursday at a tie-breaker where, instead of a coin toss, city officials opted for drawing pieces of paper from a...

New London school board tie breaker is Thursday

Incumbent Democrats Aracelis Vazquez-Haye and Robert Funk each garnered 1,536 votes, according to results of a recount held Friday. Funk had been up by two votes prior to the recount.

Great GOP victory in Norwich, but now what?

Republicans saw a political opening and focused on the high taxes, promising to cut them.

Election 2015: Statewide voter turnout was almost 33 percent

The statewide voter turnout among registered voters in Connecticut on Tuesday was 32.73 percent, according to a press release from Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

Recount confirms New London council members, reveals school board tie

Election officials Laura Nadelburg, left, and Rose Butler, right, check a ballot before feeding it through a tabulator during a recount of ballots from Tuesday's election at New London City Hall Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.  For the City Council and Board of Education races there is a 2-3 vote margin between candidates.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

A recount to decide two close races has confirmed a Democratic sweep on the City Council but turned up a tie between two Board of Education candidates.

Salem school board begins process to fill vacancy

Applications for candidates will be available online and through the superintendent's office.

Groton Board of Education winner, loser reversed after calculating error found

Head moderator Jeanne Rogers administers the oath of office to volunteers assembled for a recount of ballots in several town races Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the Groton Town Hall Annex. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Board of Education vice chairwoman Rita Volkmann, initially reported to have lost Tuesday's election, won a four-year term on the board and candidate Jay Weitlauf, initially reported to have won a...

With first win, Waterford Green Party optimistic

By the end of Election Day, the small but determined group had successfully run a candidate for a townwide office and drummed up thousands of votes for their four candidates on the town ballot.

Passero looks ahead to mayor's office in New London

Michael Passero thanks his supporters after winning the New London mayoral race during a gathering at the Democratic headquarters in New London Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

New London Mayor-elect Michael Passero, a Democrat, three-term city council member, part-time labor attorney and 31-year veteran of the city fire department, held his first transition committee...

Election ballot recount scheduled for Friday in New London

The city will conduct a recount at 2 p.m. Friday of all of the ballots cast in Tuesday’s election because of two- and three-vote margins separating winning and losing candidates for the city...

Newly elected Norwich Republicans want to tackle major issues

Norwich Republicans ask to postpone city manager hire and will take on major school restructuring issues.

Simmons ousts Crouse in Stonington

Democrat First Selectman candidate George Crouse, left, waits to deliver a concession speech as his Republican opponent former U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons, second from left, greets Crouse's running mate Kate Rotella, right, as his running mate Michael Spellman, second from right, joins in Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in the basement of Stonington Town Hall. Crouse said that exit polling indicated a substantial win for Simmons prompting the concession before any official results were announced. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Former three-term Second District Congressman Rob Simmons, who is a Republican selectman, handily defeated Democratic incumbent George Crouse Tuesday in the race for first selectman.

Steward wins re-election in Waterford

Waterford Republican incumbent First Selectman Daniel Steward waves to passing voters as he campaigns outside of the Great Neck Elementary School on election day Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (Tim Cook/The Day)

Fending off the toughest challenge of his political career, incumbent First Selectman Daniel Steward was re-elected to a fifth term Tuesday, edging out Peter Davis.

Passero wins mayor's race in New London

Michael Passero receives a hug from his sister and campaign treasurer, Mary Minton, while his wife, Mary Passero, left, applauds after he won the New London mayoral race during a gathering of supporters and fellow candidates at the Democratic headquarters in New London Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Three-term Democratic council member Michael Passero defeated Republican challenger Bill Vogel in a rout Tuesday to become the city’s second elected mayor in nearly a century.

Ledyard Republicans hold onto Board of Education, Town Council

Several Republican challengers defeated incumbents endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee to maintain a Republican majority of the Board of Education, while in the Town Council race, incumbents...

About 17 percent turnout in Lyme with no contested races

Despite there being no contested races, officials said that turnout was better than expected at about 17 percent.

East Lyme voters pick Nickerson

East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson, center, shows off his American flag socks to passing voters outside the East Lyme Community Center on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (Tali Greener/Special to The Day)

First Selectman Mark Nickerson, a Republican who has been serving as the town's top official since January, won his first full term in Tuesday's election.

National Election News

Spain in flux as parties oppose conservative PM govt

Spain in flux as parties oppose conservative PM forming new govt; Parliament is fragmented

Trump called out for appearing to mock disability

Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and make fun of him.

Jeb Bush using Paris attacks to pitch broad military buildup

In military speech, Bush using Paris horrors to show seriousness, call for military buildup

Turkey president urges respect for his party's election win

Turkish president demands world respect his party's election win, says Turks chose stability