After longtime Danbury City Councilman Gregg Seabury died on Saturday, his fellow Republicans have decided to leave his name on Tuesday’s ballot. Republican Mayor Mark Boughton tells the News-Times there was “no way” to change more than 20,000 ballots before voters went to the polls.
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But Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s office contends state law is clear. If a candidate dies between 24 days and 24 hours before an election, they can be replaced with another candidate. If not, the ballots should be re-printed or the name blocked with a blank sticker or blacked out.
Merrill’s spokesman says all local election officials should follow the law as written.