Flagrant Violations of Voting Rights in CT

  • Nominating petitions for Iraq War Veteran and socialist Senate candidate still not checked

  • Signatures illegally rejected

  • Town clerks beginning to revise signature count

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ernie Gotta: 860-967-9836

Dozens of nominating petitions for US Senate candidate Fred Linck (an Iraq War veteran and Socialist Action candidate) are still in the hands of town clerks, weeks after their deadline (possibly containing hundreds of uncounted signatures), and initial examinations of counted signatures suggests that clerks have been illegally rejecting hundreds, if not thousands of signatures.

With more than 6,700 signatures already verified, it is clear that there are easily enough valid signatures among the remaining uncounted or rejected signatures (some 4,200) to bring the total above the 7,500 needed for ballot status. Registrars and clerks in Hartford and New Haven have already admitted to serious errors and have begun to revise their signature counts.

Since Wednesday, September 12th campaign volunteers have been reviewing rejected signatures on nominating petitions.

Within the first two hours they found that:

  • 71 voters were ruled off by Hartford town clerks for being unaffiliated - which is not a legal reason to reject signatures for an independent candidate.

  • 25 voters were ruled off in New Haven for being inactive - not a legal reason to reject signatures unless the date of birth is missing (these voters have included their birth-dates)

  • 72 legible signatures were ruled off in New London for being illegible

Volunteers have since found numerous signatures on Bridgeport petitions that were ruled off for being inactive as well. They are also finding that a very high percentage of signers marked as unregistered are in fact registered. For instance, in a sample of 27 rejected signatures from Wethersfield, 12 show up on the voter rolls (or 44.4%).

The violations discovered so far in the sample suggest that hundreds, and likely thousands of signatures have been illegally rejected by town clerks. Even a conservative estimate provides enough signatures to qualify Linck for ballot status.

Volunteers also found that 56 petition sheets are missing, presumably still in town clerk offices where they were supposed to be checked weeks ago. 56 petition sheets can contain up to 1,680 signatures.

Even half-filled, the 56 missing sheets alone would provide enough signatures to qualify Linck for ballot status.

“We have been astonished to find such obvious and glaring errors in the validation of our signatures” said Fred Linck. “We fully expect to qualify for the ballot when the signatures are reviewed and counted properly.”

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With Nearly 11,000 Signatures Submitted, Iraq War Veteran and Anti-War Senate Candidate Still Waiting for Ballot Certification

For Immediate Release:

What: Press Conference to rally supporters of Iraq war veteran and Socialist Senate candidate Fred Linck for November Elections

Where: 30 Trinity St, Hartford, CT (Steps of the Office of the Secretary of State)

When: Tuesday, September 11, at 9am

Contact: Ernie Gotta: 860-967-9836

The Office of the Secretary of State confirmed last week that over 6,700 verified signatures have been returned so far by town clerks, with many more still to come. Almost five weeks after submitting nearly 11,000 signatures for ballot access, anti-war Iraq veteran and Socialist Action Candidate for U.S. Senate, Fred Linck is still waiting for the final signature count. Linck needs 7,500 verified signatures to obtain ballot status, a number he fully expects to surpass.

Linck said, “Our team of volunteers worked hard for months to gather nearly 11,000 signatures. We’ve waited now for more than 5 weeks to hear the results. Thousands of people want to know when they’ll see their candidate on the ballot. We want to make sure their signatures count. We are ready to examine any and all signatures discarded by counters and to defend voters’ rights to expand their choices on the November ballot.”

The candidate continued, “People in Connecticut have made it clear that they want a socialist on the ballot. Why? Because this campaign is about demanding free quality healthcare, education, and housing for workers and their families. Because it opposes the terror campaign waged against immigrant families and wars abroad to benefit the rich. Because this campaign stands with organized labor and working-class families against big business and government attacks.”

Supporters of Fred will gather on the steps of the Office of the Secretary of State to show their support for the candidate and commemorate the tragedy of September 11 that was used to justify horrific wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and launch a campaign of terror on our Muslim brothers and sisters here in the U.S. and abroad

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