By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP.com News Editor
Major parties – and petitioning candidates – only have until May 6 to endorse candidates for a special election that has been slated for Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – to fill the vacancy left by departing State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt in the 53rd District.
Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today (April 26) announced the date of the special election to fill the seat of State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt who resigned on April 16 in order to take a position with the administration of President Barack Obama in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Bureau.
The 53rd Assembly District includes the towns of Tolland, Ashford, and Willington.
Secretary Merrill received and signed today a Writ of Special Election issued by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as required by Connecticut state law.
By law, the special election must be held 46 days after the Writ of Special Election is issued, which falls on Tuesday, June 11.
“We are now on an accelerated timetable to choose a replacement for Rep. Hurlburt, whom we all wish well,” said Secretary Merrill, who serves as the state’s chief elections official.
“The major parties now have until May 6 to endorse candidates for this State House seat. Petitioning candidates must also turn in nominating petitions to town clerks offices or the Secretary of the State’s office by that same day,” she said.
In order to qualify to be on the ballot, petitioning candidates must turn in a number of signatures equivalent to 1 percent of the total number of voters who cast ballots for that seat in the previous election, and signatures must be from registered voters in the district.
Merrill added, “I urge eligible voters in the 53rd district to register as soon as possible so you can cast a ballot and choose someone to represent you in Hartford, where important decisions on the state budget and other crucial matters are being made.”
The final voter registration deadline for this special election in the 53rd district will be Monday, June 10, the day before the special election.
On June 11, polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. in Tolland, Willington and Ashford. Check with your town’s Town Clerk or Registrars of Voters to verify voting locations in your town.
Posted April 26, 2013 based on a press release as edited by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan
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