A ban on old lever voting machines will have voters all over Connecticut casting their ballots by scanner.
Connecticut State Secretary, Susan Bysiewicz and Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal held a news conference this afternoon to announce plans to ban the old lever voting machines in all future elections.
Connecticut is switching its voting technology to optical scanner machines. This year's municipal elections will mark the first time that the technology will be used statewide. Officials say that voting by optical scanner leaves a reliable paper trail.
As everyone is well aware, any post on the reliability of the new voting machines sparks an interesting debate among the MLN community and this topic will certainly come up during the Secretary of State's guest post later this week.
Sec. of State Bysiewicz will be our guest on My Left Nutmeg tomorrow and I'll post the transcript of the conversation here on HatCityBLOG.
If you have any questions for Sec. of State Bysiewicz, I encourage you to sign up at My Left Nutmeg or read the transcript tomorrow evening.
On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.