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Who do I contact at Government Center if I have questions?
If you have questions about registration or your polling location, contact the Registrar of Voters.
If you have questions about absentee ballots, contact the Town Clerk. We recommend emailing the Town Clerk’s Office rather than calling.
What is the minority party representation law?
Under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 146-9 (Rev. 2016) , any board that is not the legislative body or elected via geographical divisions, must adhere to minority party representation rules. This means that no Board, like the Stamford Board of Education, can have a single party control all seats. The law provides for how many seats the majority party can have based on the number of seats available (approximately 2/3).The Stamford Board of Education consists of 9 members elected at-large from the city. According to the table above, only 6 seats can be held by one party. In the 2020 election, there are 3 full term seats and maybe a special election for a 1 one-year seat (please see local candidates for an explanation). Three Democrats and two Republicans are on the Board and NOT up for re-election, so what are the possibilities?
If the Republican, Becky Hamman, wins a three year term, then only the two top vote getters among the Democrats will be seated and the Republicans get to appoint a Republican to the now vacant 1yr term.
If the three Democrats win all three 3-yr term seats, Becky Hamman (R) stays in her seat as she is completing the last year of former Board member Frank Cerasoli’s term. This is according to the City Attorney’s interpretation of the Charter, which is being disputed by the write-in candidate, who is citing prior election history as her proof. We will continue to update as we hear more.
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Last edited October 17, 2020