Blog - Mar 7, 2022
WHY RUN FOR REGISTRAR OF VOTERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
- Registrars of Voters are the on-the-ground guardians of our most sacred right as citizens —the right to vote and have our votes counted accurately. Every city and town in Connecticut has two Registrars of Voters.
- All the critical processes for protecting our sacred right to vote—from registration and voting to vote counting and auditing — are controlled entirely by partisans (one Democrat and one Republican) subject to the same risk of partisan deadlock that has infected our state and nation.
- Election of a third, neutral, non-partisan Registrar (such as a Griebel-Frank candidate) will eliminate the risk of partisan deadlock and assure that a non-partisan arbiter is present and has a voice at every stage in the process.
- And Connecticut election law favors the election of precisely such a neutral, third party Registrar from a party like Griebel-Frank. Under Connecticut law:
- One Democrat and one Republican are guaranteed a “win” no matter how few votes they get. They can even be “elected” with no votes.
- However, a Griebel-Frank for CT candidate for Registrar of Voters can also be elected as a third, non-partisan, tie-breaking Registrar.
- All the Griebel-Frank candidate has to do to get elected is come in second by getting more votes than either the Republican or the Democratic candidate.
- A Griebel-Frank candidate can never be a “spoiler” because the Democrat and Republican get “elected” no matter how few votes they get and no matter how many votes are cast for the Griebel-Frank candidate.
- Plus a vote for a Griebel-Frank candidate will never be a “wasted vote.” In fact, the only “wasted” vote is a vote for one of the two major party candidates since both are going to get “elected” no matter what.
- Registrars of Voters are responsible for
- Maintaining accurate and up-to-date lists of registered voters;
- Running all elections and referenda in their city or town including appointing individuals to serve as poll workers and volunteer Election Officials;
- Counting all lawful votes including absentee votes;
- Reporting election results;
- Conducting post-election recounts and audits; and
- Performing related duties such as conducting voter registration sessions and ensuring the integrity of voting machines when not in use.
- Registrars of Voters serve part time. They are paid for their service and receive free training. Terms are generally two years. A few Registrars serve four year terms.
- Each Registrar of Voters appoints a Deputy Registrar who also serves part-time and is paid.
- The Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut estimates that each Republican and Democrat Registrar can devote up to 850 hours a year to service and each Deputy Registrar up to 450 hours a year.
- For a third party, non-partisan Registrar of Voters and Deputy Registrar with limited need to be involved in partisan party primaries, among other things, the total time commitment will likely be significantly lower than those estimates.
- For more information about what it means to be a Registrar of Voters and what the job entails.
- STATE OF CONNECTICUT’S CURRENT SYSTEM OF ELECTIONS (Publication by Connecticut Secretary of the State on Connecticut’s Current System of Elections);
- ROVAC (website of Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut);
- What Does the Registrar of Voters Do? | Glastonbury, CT (Publication by Town of Glastonbury entitled What Does the Registrar of Voters Do)
- Registrars of Voters Duties and Responsibilities (2005 Research Report by Connecticut Office of Legislative Research)
IF YOU WANT LEARN MORE OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO YOU THINK MIGHT MAKE A GOOD GRIEBEL-FRANK REGISTRAR OF VOTERS, PLEASE CONTACT MIKE URGO AT MURGO@JOINSAMCT.ORG OR AT 401-368-0300 (CELL)