Information from Telegram thread in Citizens’ Chat —
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
McCloat Alarmed by Allegations of Election Violations by Democrat Registrar
FAIRFIELD- Meghan McCloat, candidate for the 134th State House seat for Fairfield and Trumbull today expressed shock and disappointment at the alleged wrongful acts by the Fairfield Democrat Registrar of Voters Matthew Waggner since the November 8th election.
McCloat, who is a first-time candidate for office said, “My opponent Sarah Keitt and I deserve a fair, open and just election process. Democracy is not served in the cover of darkness where the rule of law possibly wasn’t followed.”
According to a State Elections Enforcement Commission complaint drafted today, it is alleged based on certified moderator documents and witness testimony statements from poll workers and other elected officials participating in the vote counts, that Mr. Waggner violated multiple Connecticut State Election Laws that constitute Prohibited Acts according to Chapter 151 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
Alleged violations include:
- unnecessary printing of photocopied ballots,
- improper chain of custody of official ballots,
- false statements on certificates and returns,
- improper voter count without an official moderator present, and
- tampering with ballots among other violations.
These violations, if corroborated, carry criminal penalties and should be the subject of investigation by the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
These violations, if corroborated, carry criminal penalties and should be the subject of investigation by the State Elections Enforcement Commission. As of November 9th, at 6am, when the first certified Election Results were recorded with the Secretary of State, McCloat was leading by 27 votes. By the following morning, after additional absentee ballots were apparently hand counted, the vote was tied. The next morning, November 11th, an additional vote had been counted for Keitt, resulting in a 1 vote lead.
Last night, during the official recount an additional absentee ballot, that was not in a sealed envelope, was discovered misfiled in a pile of polling location ballots. This ballot was counted for the first time last night, despite the Election Moderator not being able to verify if it was delivered in a sealed envelope.
“Every vote should be counted within the boundaries of written protocols. We need to make sure people’s votes are accurately reflected and the legal process needs to be adhered to.” McCloat added, “I have grave concerns about the actions of Mr. Waggner. Too many discrepancies and inconsistencies have put a shroud of doubt into this election process. Regardless of the outcome of this election, the compromised integrity to the process is something that any candidate from any party should have great concern over. An instance of election procedure misconduct is a threat to democracy everywhere.”