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Registrars gather to discuss consolidating polls

Published 2:40 pm, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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New Canaan Registrar of Voters George Cody joined colleagues from around the state May 16 in their annual lobbying effort in the state Legislature.

Cody said he doubts the town would take advantage of pending legislation that would allow towns and cities to reduce the number of polling places for primaries.

"Registrars always come forward with a package of bills, some more critical than others," Cody said during a breakfast for lawmakers in the Legislative Office Building.

"It's an opportunity for legislators to come in and meet some of the registrars and see what some of our feelings are," Cody said. "But at the same time it's a chance for the registrars to get together and feel they have a voice with the Legislature."

With only three polling places -- two in one location and the third across the street -- for 12,000 registered voters, he doesn't think New Canaan would be affected by a bill that would give local voting officials the flexibility to cut down on the normal number of polling places for primaries.

"Each town must make a judgment," Cody said. "If you merge districts under the bill, you have to send a postcard to each of the voters notifying them you've condensed their polling place. So for us to send out 5,000 postcards is probably counter productive financially than it would be to maintain that polling place open."

A similar bill passed the House and Senate last year, but was vetoed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.