Last year’s Election Day in Connecticut made national headlines, and now, months later, Hartford is getting one step closer to getting rid of its registrars of voters. Some of the polling places didn’t have a moderator, and other locations didn’t receive their printed voter lists on time. Hartford’s City Council members said they can’t sit around and let the registrars of voters, who were in charge, get away with it. On Monday night, the council approved a resolution, in an 8-1 vote, that charges the three registrars of voters with failing to do their jobs on Election Day. The resolution also proposes to remove them from office.
“If we fail to do an act on behalf of the people in this city and to actually take their vote seriously then we are at fault,” said City Councilor Cynthia Jennings.
Many people have raised concerns about whether the City Council has the authority to remove other elected officials, and one of them was the sole council member dissenting on Monday night.
“There are many people who feel, and I tend to agree with them, to say that council is entitled to remove them within its powers, I think is up for legal question,” said City Councilor Larry Deutsch.