Connecticut Secretary of State election, 2014

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Connecticut Secretary of State Election

Primary Date:
August 12, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Denise Merrill Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Denise Merrill Democratic Party
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Connecticut State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Controller

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The Connecticut Secretary of State election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Denise Merrill (D) was first elected in 2010. She faced Republican candidate Peter Lumaj and Green Party candidate Mike DeRosa in the general election. Merrill won another four-year term.

All three candidates for the office spoke about their priorities in the election, as detailed in the campaign themes section. The Democratic Party won the previous three races for Connecticut Secretary of State, though Merrill's 2010 victory was significantly narrower than the 2006 win for Susan Bysiewicz.

Connecticut is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Though parties decide who may vote in their primary election, the primary is considered closed as neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party allow any voter but those registered with their party to vote.[1]

Candidates

General election

Democratic Party Working Families Party Denise Merrill - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Independent Peter Lumaj - Attorney, 2012 GOP U.S. Senate candidate[2]
Green Party Mike DeRosa

Results

General election

Secretary of State of Connecticut, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Merrill Incumbent 50.9% 527,439
     Republican Peter Lumaj 46.8% 485,110
     Green Mike DeRosa 2.3% 23,586
Total Votes 1,036,135
Election Results via The New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


Campaign themes

Mike DeRosa, Denise Merrill and Peter Lumaj made public statements about issues related to the office's responsibilities. The following sections quote these statements verbatim from campaign websites.

Mike DeRosa

The time has come for real change. My slogan during this election is: MORE CHOICES, MORE VOICES. The two-party system dominates and distorts our political possibilities and our political choices. We need new ideas and new programs to build a better Connecticut. What better place to start than at the level of elections and the ballot access rules that frustrate real choices and real voices in CT? [3]

—Mike DeRosa's campaign website, (2014), [4]

Peter Lumaj

Return accountability and transparency to state government:

  • Reopen channels of communication between state and local governments
  • Decrease spending at the office of Secretary of the State
  • Never use the office for partisan purposes or personal political gain

Fight against over taxation, regulation and other unnecessary obstacles that hurt Connecticut small business:

  • Eliminate the business entity tax
  • Streamline the small business creation and filing process
  • Reduce unnecessary and burdensome taxes and fees that hurt small business

Fight to protect the integrity of our election process:

  • Call for legislation that implements a voter ID requirement to vote
  • Pursue measures that expand qualified voter participation
  • Investigate all allegations of voter fraud in Connecticut and hold all perpetrators responsible for their actions

[3]

—Peter Lumaj's campaign website, (2014), [5]

Denise Merrill

MOVING BUSINESSES FORWARD

Denise has a proven track record of promoting entrepreneurship and supporting small businesses in Connecticut.

Denise has:

  • Launched an innovative, award-winning online tool to help new businesses succeed, expand, and create jobs.
  • Simplified businesses’ interaction with state government by creating an online portal for business owners to access information and resources more easily.
  • In partnership with the U.S. Commerce Department, educated Connecticut businesses on expanding their sales overseas in order to generate profit and create new jobs at home.

MODERNIZING ELECTIONS

As Connecticut’s chief elections officer, Denise is committed to expanding democratic participation so every citizen can exercise his or her right to vote.

Denise has:

  • Established online and mobile voter registration.
    • Over 16,000 people have registered to vote or updated their voting records using these tools since they launched in February 2014.
  • Enacted Election Day registration.
    • Last year – the first election with Election Day registration – nearly 3,000 people who would not have been able to under the old system were able to vote by registering on Election Day.
  • Ensured that Connecticut is prepared to respond to emergencies that may arise on Election Day.
  • Increased oversight of polling locations to make elections more secure.
  • Championed an upcoming ballot question that would lead to early voting in Connecticut

[3]

—Denise Merrill's campaign website, (2014), [6]

Past elections

2010

Secretary of State of Connecticut, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Merrill 52.9% 584,313
     Republican Jerry Farrell 43.8% 484,163
     Independent Michael J. Telesca 1.3% 14,530
     Green S. Michael DeRosa 1.2% 13,566
     Libertarian Ken Mosher 0.8% 8,631
Total Votes 1,105,203

2006

Secretary of State of Connecticut, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Bysiewicz 69.8% 729,070
     Republican Richard J. Abbate 26.4% 276,033
     Green S. Michael DeRosa 1.7% 17,851
     Libertarian Ken Mosher 1.2% 13,043
     Concerned Citizens Jean Marie Burness 0.8% 8,874
Total Votes 1,044,871

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 10, 2014 Filing deadline (Major Parties)
August 6, 2014 Filing deadline (Independents)
August 12, 2014 Primary election
September 3, 2014 Filing deadline (Minor Parties)
November 4, 2014 General election
December 4, 2014 Certificate of canvass completion for general election results
January 7, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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