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State Supreme Court Hears GOP Ballot Case

Republicans are looking back to the 2010 gubernatorial election in the hopes of making it to the top of the ballot in 2012.

Connecticut Republicans want top billing on the ballots for the upcoming election, and they’ve taken the case to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Arguments from the GOP and the Connecticut were made on Wednesday but there has been no decision yet, reports the New Haven Register. Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers reportedly said the state law determining who gets top billing is “confusing”

The order in which party candidates appear on the election ballot is determined by which party candidate gets the most votes in a gubernatorial election. 

In 2010 Democrat Dannel P. Malloy won the gubernatorial election and Democrats were given the top ballot spot the following election. 

Republicans say the switch was made in error and they want it reversed this election. They argue that between the two major parties in 2010 Republican Tom Foley, who lost to Malloy, actually had more votes than Malloy when compared solely to Malloy's Democratic ballots. Malloy was also listed on the ballot as the candidate of the Working Families Party and outpolled Foley when those two ballot line votes were combined.

It’s unknown when a decision in the case might be made.

Eileen Mcnamara contributed to this report. 

Bill Hillman September 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
The R's got the most votes, Malloy won on the sum of D+3rd party. The technical wording of current law may be at odds with it's intent, but the law is the law. IMO, The R's should have Row A (given the letter of the law).

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