Governor Calls for Patience as Absentee Ballots are Counted; “Don’t Cast Shade, Mr. President”

Greenwich experienced super high voter turnout for Tuesday’s general election, which included races for State Rep in districts 149, 150 and 151, as well as State Senate in the 36th district.

In Greenwich 35,248 voters out of 41,560 eligible voters voted. That is an overall turnout of 84.81% – 19,808 in person and 15,440 absentee.

On Wednesday night, the final vote totals for Greenwich were announced (below).

*However, two races where districts include parts of Stamford have yet to be called as Stamford continues to count absentee ballots: the race for State Senate between Ryan Fazio (R) and incumbent Democrat Alex Kasser; and the race for State Rep in the 149th district between Kathleen Stowe and Kim Fiorello. That was the seat being vacated by Livvy Floren (R) after 20 years. Floren is retiring.

*State Senator 36th District
D Alex Kasser 17,396
R Ryan Fazio 17,634

*State Rep 149th district
D Stowe 4,123
R Fiorello 4,725

State Rep District 150
D Stephen Meskers 6,714
R Joe Kelly 5,225
I Joe Kelly 287

State Rep District 151
D Hector Arzeno 6,474
R Harry Arora 7,326

Registrar of Voters
D Mary Hegarty 17,627
R Fred DeCaro III 16,577
I Fred DeCaro III 738

On Wednesday afternoon, Governor Ned Lamont reflected on the election during a press conference.

He said he was eager for clarity from Washington, DC. “It’s confusion,” he said.

He said voting in Connecticut happened peacefully and safely, which reflected the choice of voting by absentee ballot.

“I think it was a pretty strong mandate for the Democrats,” he said of the results. “…I would presume it had a little something to do with the Presidential election and how the State has gone about its business over the last year an a half, as it came to getting our fiscal house in order, getting our economy moving again – then we got hit by Covid – and how we managed through that – we did that together.”

“I see the divisions around the country – I didn’t see that here in Connecticut,” he added. “I also think, of the election here in Connecticut – people are going to say, ‘Oh a lot of Democrats and super majorities.’ I just think people are looking for solutions.”

“I don’t have all the ideas. I put my best ideas on the table…I presented a budget. I presented a Covid strategy. I did my (Executive Orders), and if you’ve got a better idea, come. You got a place at the table. And I’m all ears.”

“I hope Republicans come forward with solutions of their own – where the numbers add up.  And you’ll have someone to listen.”

Lamont said he was disappointed there wasn’t clarity in the presidential election results, but asked for patience.

“The last thing the country needed was the confusion with an absolutely deadlocked 50–50 race,” he continued. “The only advise I have is, give it a couple of days. We’re going to work through this.”

Lamont said allowing people to vote by absentee ballot during Covid was important.

“Our country did the right thing by having these absentee ballots – just like we did here in the state of Connecticut. Our country did the right thing, in the middle of a pandemic, by not forcing  older people, or those with pre-existing conditions, or those most at risk – they were still allowed to vote by absentee ballot.

“Give them the right to have their vote counted. Give them a couple extra days to have that vote counted.”

“Don’t cast shade. Don’t, Mr. President, undermine the integrity of our democracy. This is too important a time.”

Governor Ned Lamont

“We have a strong democracy, and people have faith in the integrity of our system,” Lamont added. “We don’t need the President casting doubts upon that. Let the process play out a little bit longer.”

Asked if he would like to see a constitutional amendment regarding early voting on the ballot, Lamont said it made sense.

“I saw hundreds of thousands of people who said I like the opportunity not to have to stand in a long line and vote. We’re showing as a state that we can do it safely and we’re showing as a state that can do it with integrity.”

Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz agreed mail in voting had been a huge success.

“More than 30% of our voters – Democrat, Republican, Unaffiliated – all participated,” she said. “It seems to have gone really smoothly. And it was a Godsend during this Covid 19 pandemic.”

Bysiewicz said while many residents wanted to vote in person, a third of Connecticut voters chose to put their ballots in ballot boxes box or mail them in.

“It’s very clear the voters of Connecticut would like to see that continued,” she said. “And I can’t wait to work with legislative leaders to continue that beyond this election.”

See also:

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