Connecticut Will Not Be Illinois or New York

Governor Jodi Rell signed the bill for elections to fill Senate vacancies.  See <CTNewsJunkie>

In an unexpected move, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed the US Senate vacancy bill which takes away the governor’s power to appoint someone to a vacant US Senate seat.

“Although the current process for filling a Senate vacancy has worked well in our state for many decades, this bill gives directly to the people of Connecticut the decision on who would fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate,” Rell said in a press release. “Since taking office as Governor, I have done everything in my power to make Connecticut a model for all states when it comes to openness, transparency and citizen participation in government.”

Statement of Representative Spallone, Co-Chair of the Government Administration and Elections Commitee:

For IMMEDIATE Release   Contact:  Rose Ryan

June 26, 2009   Office:  (860) 240-8527

Statement of State Representative James Spallone (D-Chester, Deep River, Essex & Haddam) the House Chair of the Government, Administration and Elections Committee regarding Governor M. Jodi Rell’s signing today of Substitute Bill 913 – An Act Concerning United States Senate Vacancies:

“I would like to thank Governor Rell for signing this bill into law today and making Connecticut a leader in fair elections.  Connecticut voters can now choose their Senator when a vacancy arises just as we already do for our congressional representatives, as we did from 1913 to 1945.  This is the democratic way.”

“Through this legislation, my colleagues in the General Assembly and Governor Rell have demonstrated their commitment to making Connecticut a national leader in election reform efforts.”

“Connecticut is now the first and only state in the nation to reform its Senate vacancy process in the wake of the scandal in Illinois and controversy in New York.”

CTVotersCount is pleased that the citizens of Connecticut will elect our senators.  Our senators matter.  It is worth the estimated $6,000,000 cost of such elections, where our senators make decisions involving billions of dollars and thousands of lives.  Such “Special Elections” should not be exempt (as they currently are) from the small cost and huge value of post-election audits.  Such elections are not exempt from the risks of error and fraud.

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