Connecticut Democratic Party Blog

Praxair To Remain In CT. Thank Goodness Boughton Used To Like State Incentives.

With today’s announcement that Praxair will remain based in Connecticut after their merger with Linde, Democrats are thankful that Danbury mayor and perennial gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton put his opposition to economic incentives aside to support Governor Malloy’s 2014 economic deal to keep the company headquartered in his hometown.

That, of course, stands in stark contrast to Boughton’s recent opposition to Governor Malloy’s deal to keep Sikorsky headquartered in Connecticut.

And Boughton’s response to today’s Praxair announcement?
Boughton’s on-again, off-again affair with state incentives raises real questions about the economic development strategy he would employ as governor. So far, in Trumpian style, it’s been nothing but platitudes and inconsistency.
“This is yet another reminder of Mark Boughton’s hypocrisy. On the eve of the 2014 election, Mayor Boughton was all too happy to stand with Governor Malloy when it benefited him politically. Now that he’s running for governor, he’s backed himself into a corner, refusing to answer whether he would continue to invest in Connecticut companies and Connecticut jobs or sit back and allow other states to poach jobs. If he wants to be taken seriously as a candidate, he needs to give answers beyond 140-character deflections.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

CT Dems Remind Voters Of Election Day Registration Locations

Hartford, Ct. – The Connecticut Democratic Party today reminded unregistered but otherwise eligible voters that they still have time to register and exercise their right to vote through Connecticut’s Election Day Registration (EDR) program. Every town across the state has an EDR location. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency.


Per the Secretary of the State’s office, here is the up-to-date list of EDR locations:

Town 2016 EDR Location
Andover 17 School Road, Town Hall Lower Level, Andover, CT 06232
Ansonia City Hall, Lower Level, 253 Main St., Ansonia, CT. 06401
Ashford Ashford Town Office Building, 5 Town Hall Road., Room 102 Ashford, CT
Avon 60 West Main St., Avon, CT.
Barkhamsted 67 Ripley Hill Rd., Lower Level, Barkhamsted, CT.
Beacon Falls 10 Maple Ave., Beacon Falls, CT.
Berlin 240 Kensington Rd., Berlin, CT. 06037
Bethany 40 Peck Rd., Bethany, CT.
Bethel CJ Hurgin Municipal Center, 1 School St., Bethel, CT.
Bethlehem 36 Main St. South, Bethlehem, CT. 06751
Bloomfield Town Hall, 2nd Floor, 800 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, CT.
Bolton Notch Road Municipal Building, 104 Notch Rd., Bolton, CT. 06043
Bozrah Town Hall, 1 River Rd., Bozrah, CT.
Branford Town Hall, 1019 Main St., Basement Conference Room, Branford CT.
Bridgeport Margaret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad St., Conference Room C, Bridgeport, CT. 06604
Bridgewater Hilltop Senior Center, 132 Hut Hill Rd., Bridgewater, CT 06752
Bristol City Hall, Council Chamber, 1st Floor, 111 North Main St., Bristol, CT 06010
Brookfield Town Hall, 100 Pocono Rd. Room 129, Brookfield, CT. 06804
Brooklyn 4 Wolf Den Rd., Brooklyn, CT. 06234
Burlington Town Hall, 200 Speilman Highway, Burlington, CT. 06013
Canaan 108 Main St., Falls Village, CT.
Canterbury Town Hall, 1 Municipal Dr., Canterbury, CT. 06331
Canton Canton High School, 76 Simonds Ave, Room 208, Canton Ct 06019
Chaplin Town Hall, 495 Phoenixville Rd. Chaplin, CT.
Cheshire Town Hall, 84 South Main St., Cheshre, CT.
Chester Town Hall, 203 Middlesex Ave., Chester, CT. 06412
Clinton 54 East Main St., Clinton, CT.
Colchester Town Hall, 127 Norwich Ave., Colchester, CT.
Colebrook 562 Colebrook Rd., Colebrook, CT. 06021
Columbia Horace W Porter School, 3 Schoolhouse Rd, Columbia, CT  06237
Cornwall Town Hall, 24 Pine St., South Wing, Cornwall, CT.
Coventry 1712 Main St., Coventry, CT.
Cromwell Town Hall, 41 West St., 2nd Flr. Cromwell, CT. 06416
Danbury City Hall, Room 3C, 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury, CT. 06810
Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Rd., Rm 106, Darien, CT.
Deep River 2nd Floor, 150 Main St., Deep River, CT.
Derby 1 Elizabeth St., 1st Floor, Derby, CT.
Durham Town Hall, 30 Townhouse Rd., Durham, Ct. 06422
East Granby 7 Memorial Dr., East Granby, CT.
East Haddam River House, 7 Main St., East Haddam, CT. 06423
East Hampton East Hampton Middle School Gym, 19 Childs Rd., Annex Room,  East Hampton, CT.
East Hartford Town Hall, Main Floor, 740 Main St. East Hartford, CT
East Haven Town Hall, 250 Main St., East Haven, CT.
East Lyme 35 Society Rd., Niantic, CT. 06357
East Windsor Town Hall Annex, 25 School St., East Windsor
Eastford 16 Westford Rd., Eastford, CT.
Easton Town Hall, 225 Center Rd., Easton, CT. 06612
Ellington 55 Main St., Ellington, CT.
Enfield Town Hall,  Lower Level,  820 Enfield St., Enfield, CT.  06082
Essex Town Hall, 1st Floor 29 West Ave., Essex, CT.
Fairfield Fairfield University, Barone Campus Center, 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT. 06824
Farmington Town Hall, Lower Level, 1 Montieth Dr., Farmington, CT. 06032
Franklin Ben Franklin Room, 7 Meetinghouse Hill Rd., Franklin, CT.
Glastonbury Council Chambers, Town Hall, 2155 Main St., Glastonbury, CT.
Goshen Goshen Town Hall, 42 North Street 1st Floor, Goshen, CT 06756
Granby Town Hall, 15 North Granby Rd., Granby, CT.
Greenwich Cone Room, 2nd Floor, Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd., Greenwich. CT.
Griswold Town Hall, 28 Main St., Griswold
Groton 2 Fort Hill Rd., Groton, CT. 06340
Guilford Town Hall, 1st Floor, 31 Park St., Guilford, CT. 06437
Haddam Haddam Firehouse, 439 Saybrook Rd., Higganum, CT. 06441
Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT. 06518
Hampton 164 Main St., Hampton, CT. 06247
Hartford Town Hall,1st Floor Atrium, 550 Main St., Hartford, CT
Hartland Town Hall, 22 South Rd., East Hartland, CT. 06027
Harwinton Town Hall, 100 Bentley Dr., Harwinton, CT. 06791
Hebron Town Hall, 15 Gilead St., Hebron, CT. 06248
Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Blvd., Kent, CT. 06757
Killingly Town Hall, 172 Main St., Killingly, CT. 06239
Killingworth 323 Route 81, Killingworth, CT.
Lebanon Lebanon Town Hall, 579 Exeter Road, Lebanon, CT 06249
Ledyard Town Hall Annex, 741 Colonel Ledyard Highway, Ledyard, CT. 06339
Lisbon Town Hall, 1 Newent Rd., Lisbon, CT. 06351
Litchfield Town Hall, 74 West St. Litchfield, CT. 06759
Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Rd., Lyme, CT. 06371
Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT. 06443
Manchester Senior Center, 549 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester
Mansfield Town Hall, Council Chamber,  4 South Eagleville Rd., Storrs, CT.
Marlborough 26 North Main St., Marlborough, CT.
Meriden City Hall, 142 East Main St., Rm 36, Meriden, CT. 06450
Middlebury Town Hall, 1212 Whittemore Rd., Middlebury, CT. 06762
Middlefield 405 Main St., Middlefield, CT. 06455
Middletown City Hall, 245 deKoven Dr., Middletown, CT.
Milford Parsons Gymnasium , 70 West River St., Milford, CT.
Monroe Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Rd., Monroe, CT. 06468
Montville Town Hall, 310 Norwich-New London Tpke., Uncasville, CT. 06382
Morris Town Hall, 3 East St., Morris, CT.
Naugatuck Town Hall, 229 Church St., Naugatuck CT.
New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main St., 1st Floor, Room 108 New Britain, CT.
New Canaan Town Hall, 77 Elm St., First Floor,  New Canaan, CT.
New Fairfield Town Hall, 4 Brush Hill Rd., New Fairfield, CT.
New Hartford Town Clerk’s Office, 530 Main St., 1st Flr,  New Hartford, CT.
New Haven City Hall, 165 Church St, 2nd Flr., New Haven, CT. 06510
New London 181 State St., New London, CT. 06320
New Milford Town Hall, Lower Level, 10 Main St., New Milford, CT
Newington Town Hall, Community Center Gym, 131 Cedar St., Newington, CT. 06111
Newtown Municipal Building, 3 Primrose St., Newtown, CT.
Norfolk 19 Maple Ave., 2nd Flr, Office South Side, Norfolk, CT
North Branford Town Hall, 909 Foxon Rd., North Branford, CT. 06471
North Canaan Town Hall, 100 Pease St., North Canaan
North Haven Memorial Town Hall, 18 Church St., Conference Room 1, North Haven, CT. 06473
North Stonington Town Hall, North Stonington, 40 Main St., North Stonington, CT. 06359
Norwalk City Hall, Community Room, 125 East Ave., Norwalk, CT. 06851
Norwich City Hall, 100 Broadway, Norwich, CT.
Old Lyme Town Hall, Mezzanine Level, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT. 06371
Old Saybrook Town Hall, 302 Main St., 1st Floor Conference Room, Old Saybrook, CT.
Orange Town Hall, 617 Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT.  06477
Oxford Town Hall, 486 Oxford Rd., Oxford, CT.
Plainfield 8 Community Ave., Plainfield, CT. 06374
Plainville Town Hall, Room 203, 1 Central Square, Plainville, CT. 06062
Plymouth Town Hall, 80 Main St., Terryville, CT.
Pomfret Town Hall, 5 Haven Rd., Pomfret Center, CT. 06259
Portland Middle School at 93 High Street, Portland, CT  06480
Preston Town Hall, 389 Route 2, Upper Level, Conference Room, Preston, CT. 06365
Prospect Town Hall, 36 Center St., Prospect, CT
Putnam 126 Church St., Putnam, CT.
Redding Town Hall, 100 Hill Rd., Redding, CT. 06896
Ridgefield 400 Main St., Ridgefield, CT.
Rocky Hill 761 Old Main St., Rocky Hill, CT. 06067
Roxbury Town Hall, 29 North St., Roxbury, CT.
Salem Town Hall, 270 Hartford Rd., Salem, CT. 06420
Salisbury 27 Main St., Salisbury, CT.
Scotland Town Hall, 9 Devotion Rd., Scotland, CT. 06264
Seymour Town Hall, 1 First St., Seymour, CT. 06483
Sharon Town Hall, 63 Main St., Sharon, CT. 06069
Shelton ROV Office, 54 Grove St., Shelton, CT.
Sherman Mallory Town Hall, 9 Rte 39 North, Sherman, CT.
Simsbury 933 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT.
Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., Lower Level, Somers, CT.
South Windsor Town Hall, Madden Room, 1540 Sullivan Ave.  South Windsor, CT. 06074
Southbury Town Hall, 501 Main St., South, Room 105, Southbury, CT. 06488
Southington Town Hall, 75 Main St., Lower Level, Southington, CT. 06489
Sprague Town Hall, 1st Floor, 1 Main St., Baltic, CT. 06330
Stafford Memorial Town Hall, 1 Main St., Stafford, CT.
Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., 6th Floor, Stamford, CT.
Sterling Municipal Building, 1183 Plainfield Pike, Oneco, CT.
Stonington Town Hall, 152 Elm St., Stonington, CT.
Stratford Town Hall, Council Chambers, 2725 Main St., Stratford, CT. 06615
Suffield 83 Mountain Rd., Suffield, CT.
Thomaston 158 Main St., Level 4,  Thomaston, CT. 06787
Thompson Town Hall, 815 Riverside Dr., North Grosvenordale, CT.
Tolland Town Hall, 21 Tolland Green, Conference Room A, Tolland, CT. 06084
Torrington City Hall, 140 Main St., Room 224, Torrington, CT. 06790
Trumbull Town Hall, Council Chambers/Courtroom (2nd Flr), 5866 Main St., Trumbull, CT.
Union Town Hall, 1043 Buckley Hwy., Union, CT.
Vernon 375 Hartford Tpke, Room 118, Vernon, Ct. 06066
Voluntown Town Hall, 195 Main St., Voluntown, CT.
Wallingford Town Hall, 45 South Main St., Rm 108, Wallingford, CT.
Warren Town Hall, 50 Cemetery Rd., Warren, CT.
Washington Town Hall, 2 Bryan Plaza, Washington Depot, CT. 06794
Waterbury City Hall, 235 Grand St., 1st Floor, Town Clerk’s Office, Waterbury, CT.
Waterford Town Hall, 15 Rope Ferry Rd., Waterford, CT. 06385
Watertown Municipal Center, 61 Echo Lake Rd., Watertown, CT. 06795
West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main St. Room 400, 4th Flr, West Hartford, CT. 06107
West Haven City Hall, 355 Main St., 1st Floor, West Haven, CT. 06516
Westbrook Town Hall, 866 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook, CT. 06498
Weston Weston Middle School, 135 School Rd., Weston, CT. 06883
Westport Town Hall Auditorium, 110 Myrtle Ave., Westport, CT. 06880
Wethersfield Town Hall, 505 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT.
Willington Town Office Building, 40 Old Farms Rd., Willington, CT
Wilton Town Hall, 238 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT. 06897
Winchester Town Hall, Room 203, 338 Main St., Winsted, CT. 06098
Windham Town Hall, 979 Main St., Willimantic, CT.
Windsor Town Hall, Dr. Primus Room, Lower Level, 275 Broad St., Windsor CT.
Windsor Locks Mario Gatti Town Hall, 50 Church St., Windsor Locks, CT. 06096
Wolcott Town Clerk, 10 Kenea Ave., Wolcott, CT.
Woodbridge Senior Center, 4 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge
Woodbury Shove Building, 281 Main St. South, Woodbury, CT.
Woodstock Town Hall, Lower Level, 415 Route 169, Woodstock, CT.

Battle over Fairfield Election Day voting location heading to court

Key Point: Under state statutes, both registrars must agree on a location for the EDR. About a year ago, emails show Republican Roger Autuori agreed to Democrat Matthew Waggner’s preferred location on the Fairfield University campus, in exchange for counting absentee ballots at one central location, rather than at each polling place.

CT Dems’ Reaction:  “This is disappointing, yet not shocking coming from Donald Trump’s Connecticut Republican Party. Republicans and Democrats agreed to hold election day registration at Fairfield University in September of last year, and now Republicans are going back on that agreement. The motivation here is clear. The Republicans, including Tony Hwang, Laura Devlin, and Brenda Kupchickare trying to make it harder for college students to vote, and disenfranchising these young voters would make it easier for Donald Trump and the GOP ticket. This is politics at its worst, and the people of Fairfield deserve better than these Trump-inspired tactics from the Republicans.” – Fairfield Democratic Town Committee Chairman Steven Sheinberg 

“This is yet another GOP attempt at disenfranchisement, plain and simple. Silence from a Republican elected official who is actively exploring a statewide run is shameful. It’s time for Tony Hwang to stop pulling pages from the Trump playbook and show some leadership. It’s important to remember that Senator Hwang has a long history of standing in the way of citizens attempting to exercise their right to vote. As a state representative, he led the charge against Election Day registration. This failure to lead fits with everything we know about Senator Hwang.” – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Michael Mandell

Fairfield Citizen: Battle over Fairfield Election Day voting location heading to court

By Genevieve Reilly

FAIRFIELD — A disagreement over the location for Election Day registration and voting is headed to court.

Under state statutes, both registrars must agree on a location for the EDR. About a year ago, emails show Republican Roger Autuori agreed to Democrat Matthew Waggner’s preferred location on the Fairfield University campus, in exchange for counting absentee ballots at one central location, rather than at each polling place.

That agreement recently fell apart, prompting the Secretary of the State’s office to step in, as it readies the publication of the EDRs in each community.

An email from Peggy Reeves, director of elections, to Waggner and Autuori just minutes before 5 p.m. Monday said if there was no agreement by the close of business she intended to formally refer the matter, immediately, to the Attorney General.

“Upon receipt of that referral, the Attorney General’s office will be preparing a complaint tonight against both registrars of voters, Matt Waggner and Roger Autuori,” the email states. The two can expect to be served with that complaint by state marshal either Tuesday or Wednesday, with a court date in state Superior Court in Hartford either Oct. 28 or Oct. 31 for a show cause hearing.

They should plan election preparations “around this potential litigation,” Reeves said.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau, who had encouraged the two to resolve their differences, said protecting the right to vote is something people have fought and died for over the years. “Our two registrars seem to have forgotten their duties to do everything they can to protect the voters of our town,” Tetreau said. “If they took an oath upon taking office, they are not living up to their oath of office.”

Tetreau said the two are wasting taxpayer money with this figh.

In an email Friday, Reeves advised the registrars of the possibility of a court ballte and wrote: “We are writing to advise you that if the deadline conveyed herein and on Oct. 19 is not met, the Office of the Attorney General stands ready to bring an appropriate legal action to enforce our directive. It is within the voting public’s interest to have this resolved with no delay.”

Reeves had originally indicated the EDR would default to town hall, if no agreement was reached. When election day registration was first instituted in 2013 — allowing residents to both register and cast a ballot on election day — Old Town Hall was used as the location. In 2014 and 2015, the conference room in Sullivan-Independence Hall was used.

Waggner chose Fairfield University campus on the assumption that many of the last-minute voters needing to register would be college students.

“I am in receipt of two messages this morning,” Waggner wrote in an email Friday to Reeves, “with Roger declaring that he would prefer to abdicate his duties than honor his agreement, and with Peggy declaring that the next stop is court. Ultimately, I think either is an acceptable path forward, especially since we have a soon-to-be elected Republican Deputy waiting in the wings ready to take office, and a newly minted registrar removal statute seemingly designed for scenarios where a sworn official declares that they will refuse to sign forms or hire pollworkers.”

Autuori, on Thursday, sent out his own email, outlining his reasons for no longer supporting the Fairfield University location. Waggner, he said, misrepresented himself when he approached the university about hosting the EDR and “never conferred with me on any discussions or plans with the university.”

He said there is no means of getting remote access for the voter registration system as required by statutes and Waggner “lied that the site ‘We filed tested accessing CVRS offsite last week and all was in order.’” Autuori also claims that Waggner fabricated a photo of a laptop in the campus student center showing the Connecticut Voter Registration System home page “that allegedly was the test when it was actually done the following week.”

To get the photo, Autuori said, Wagger obtained an unauthorized account for remote access and “falsely posted on the town web site that EDR was at Fairfield University without conferring with me.”
Waggner, of course, disputes Autuori’s assertions. “On receipt of Roger’s request, I checked out a town laptop, contacted my Deputy, and we conducted a second field test, with a photograph of CVRS functioning at the University location sent to Roger as evidence that the system was operational,” Waggner said. “Despite his claims, no evidence was fabricated, he has a photograph of the system functioning from our second field test.”

Rather, Waggner said, the fabrications are Autuori’s. “The stated list of reasons for not following our agreement are a mix of fabrications, misrepresentations, and ad hominem attacks, and while I can take whatever is thrown at me, I believe it is wholly inappropriate to inflict chaos on our election proceedings more than a year after our agreement took effect (recall that I performed a substantial share of my obligations under this agreement in 2015) and less than a month before voting occurs,” Waggner said. “Tens of thousands of Fairfield residents have received notice of our agreed-upon site, and many will have made plans in reliance on that information.”

On Friday,Tetreau wrote to both Autuori and Waggner, urging them to find a resolution to their disagreement and avoid a court appearance.

“I really hope we can avoid this and not waste further taxpayer funds,” Tetreau said. “You both were elected and are being paid to work together by Fairfield voters. It is time to step forward, meet your obligations and earn your pay. There are a lot of state and town people spending time on this issue.”
The two registrars currently work out of separate offices in Old Town Hall because of conflicts between the two. In October, 2013, Waggner had Autuori arrested, after he alleged Autuori pushed and slapped him during a disagreement over the handling of electronic scanners. Autuori was charged with breach of peace and granted accelerated rehabilitation, a form of adult probation.

The two were then given separate offices — Waggner on the first floor, and Autuori on the second floor in Old Town Hall.

In 2014, Autuori called police to report that Waggner kept removing a sign outside the first-floor office indicating Autuori’s office on the second floor. Waggner called the Public Works Department because he said Autuori was gluing the sign to the wall.

J.R. Romano needs a personal fact checker

SHOT: According to the Hartford Courant, Connecticut GOP Chairman claimed that “the GOP in Connecticut had registered more new voters during the presidential primaries than the Democrats.”

CHASER: In reality, Connecticut Democrats added more than twice as many new voters than Republicans (41,674 to 19,159) from January – April 2016.

From the Secretary of the State’s office in April:

Democratic: 41,674
Republican: 19,159
Unaffiliated: 24,931
Total: 87,085 (including “minor parties”)

Democratic: 16,522
Republican: 7,355
Unaffiliated: 8,506
Total: 32,835 (including “minor parties”)

CT Dems’ Reaction: “We’ve always known that J.R. Romano has a hostile relationship with the truth. This is just another example of the chairman getting caught in a blatant lie. It’s no surprise that, with serial liar Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, Connecticut Republicans would adopt his blatantly dishonest tactics. As we have said throughout this election, we expect the Connecticut Republicans who continue to stand by Donald Trump to be held accountable by the voters onNovember 8.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby

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