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Norwalk's Republican Town Committee is now searching for a replacement candidate for the November election.
“Karen Doyle Lyons’ employment with the City of Norwalk will terminate on July 20, 2020,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in a statement.
Having originally agreed to step down, Lyons has since rescinded that offer.
“Nobody should need to make a decision between their health and their right to vote,” the governor said. “We must guarantee access to the ballot, and this is a way to do that during these extraordinary circumstances. I do not take this decision lightly, and it is with the public health and welfare of residents in mind.”
Cybersecurity efforts will also be ramped up. "All the information we have received from the federal intelligence community indicates that various malicious actors are still seeking to disrupt our elections," according to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.
Gov. Ned Lamont's latest executive order permits certain restaurants and other eating establishments to sell alcohol with take-out food orders under certain conditions.
“Changing an election date is not something we do lightly,” tweeted Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, “it’s a recognition of the severity & nature of this crisis, and more steps may be necessary to guarantee that every CT voter has an opportunity to cast their ballot.”
While Merrill said she feels good about the legitimacy of vote tabulation in the state, she warned that cyber-based “creators of propaganda” are a more worrisome concern: “They’re spreading false information about our elections -- in 2018 there was one website telling people that the election was being held on a different day.”
The State Elections Enforcement Commission has issued subpoenas for a number of elections records, as well as visitor logs and video surveillance at a pair of Bridgeport public housing complexes.
Meanwhile, independent consultant Jeff Kohut has announced he will run as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 5 election.
A certificate of existence is not a required document for a business operating in Connecticut.
Connecticut State Attorney General William Tong joined the picket line at the Stop & Shop in Southington, tweeting out his support of the job walkout.
Lamont has announced some of the legislative proposals he will include in his first state budget, as well as a proposal to shrink the state’s borrowing by 39 percent, the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
“Connecticut is really in very good shape” when it comes to averting cyberattacks, according to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. However, she added, "There’s no such thing as an utterly safe system."
In an unusual move, the governor’s fellow Democrat, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, called on the General Assembly to override Malloy's actions when it reconvenes in the coming weeks.
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