LETTER: Fairfielders must have the right to vote

To the Editor:

If the Republican members of the Fairfield Board of Selectmen can refuse to hold an election that was legally called and which the Connecticut Secretary of State has ruled must be held, what is to stop them from refusing to hold other elections, or from refusing to follow other state laws?

Defying the Secretary of State and acting against the advice of the Town Attorney, Selectmen Chris Tymniak and Ed Bateson failed tonight to reverse their wrongheaded action of last week, when they declared the special election called by the Town Clerk to be “unnecessary” and the petition of 3,200 registered voters of the Town of Fairfield, which complied with all requirements of relevant state law, “void ab initio.” These two men decided that they know better than the Town Attorney and the Secretary of State and tried to stop the election in violation of state law.

The inaction of Mr. Tymniak and Mr. Bateson means that it is left to the Town Clerk to arrange the election. The Secretary of State has declared that the election must be held and stated that she would work with the Town Clerk if the Selectmen failed to affirm the date.

I hope that the Town Clerk will do the right thing and set the election. This nonsense must stop and the people of Fairfield must have the right to vote.

Karen Wackerman

RTM  Representative, District 7

Fairfield

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