"Overwhelming" Response to Absentee Ballot Program

The "No Days Off" chant popularized by a certain New England football coach could easily be adopted by the top elections official in Connecticut, especially during pandemic-plagued 2020.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is balancing what she calls "overwhelming" response to absentee ballot applications for the Aug. 11th primaries (she expects up to 300,000 residents to vote by mail; ballots will be arriving in Connecticut mailboxes starting Mon., Aug 3), concerns about the workload for the U.S. Postal Service, which is under new management, and preparations for widespread absentee balloting for November's General Election.

As she juggles those many challenges and all the uncertainty, Sec. Merrill can guarantee one thing: the General Election will be held Nov. 3rd. She says state elections officials nationally, from both major parties, will issue a statement reaffirming one of the hallmarks of American democracy: states, not the federal government or the President, run elections.

She spoke to Dave Mager of WTIC News.