As Hartford’s City Council is seeking to remove all three of its registrars because of a disastrous Election Day 2014, at least one of them — Democrat Olga Vazquez — is planning a strong defense. “She does not disagree with the fact that there were some serious snafus,” said Leon Rosenblatt, Vazquez’s attorney. “But the registrars weren’t the cause of it. And the report that was written is very one-sided and incomplete.” Rosenblatt said that a “perfect storm” caused the problems, chief among them being the “internecine warfare” between the registrars and the town clerk, and the leaderless structure of the three-headed office.
“There’s nobody who’s in charge,” Rosenblatt said. “There are three people who are in charge. Because of that, with the problems, there was nobody who could remedy those problems effectively.” Rosenblatt said that Vazquez is planning her defense, and has no intention of resigning.
On Tuesday, the city council began the process to remove Vazquez and the two other registrars — Republican Sheila Hall, and Urania Petit, of the Working Families Party. The move came just a few days after a investigative report of the council highlighted “multiple, serious errors” on that November day and in the days that followed.