Federici campaign mailers list wrong polling places

Updated 6:05 p.m. with additional information, links.

The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 12.
The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 12.

NORWALK, Conn. – A mailer sent out by the campaign to elect John Federici as Republican Registrar of Voters contained erroneous information about polling places in the 142nd legislative district.

The error was made public in a press release from Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells on behalf of himself and Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons and confirmed by Republican Town Committee Chairman Pete Torrano.

“The campaign person who imported the list inadvertently used an outdated list that is now being corrected,” Torrano wrote in an email response to an inquiry from NancyOnNorwalk.

According to Wells’ release, “The incorrect polling place information is on the back (address) side of the John Federici (for) Registrar of Voters mailing where it says, ‘You vote at….’ A number of concerned voters recognized the error and called our office and several turned over the postcard that they received.

“We have examined these postcards and the error appears to be caused by Mr. Federici’s campaign substituting old, out of date, polling locations to the voting district numbers contained in the current list of Republican voters.”

Wells wrote that District 142 Republicans were most affected. The mailer listed incorrect locations for state election polling places. The correct locations, according to Wells, are:

  • District 142A: Fox Run School
  • District 142B: Ponus Ridge School
  • District 142C: West Rocks School

Wells wrote that the district numbers were changed in early 2012 because of the state-wide redistricting done by the Connecticut State Legislature in late 2011. As a result of that redistricting, some changes to Norwalk voting districts were adopted by the Norwalk Common Council and Brookside School and Silvermine School were dropped as polling places in state/federal elections. These changes took effect in 2012 for the presidential election.

Torrano said Federici had no part in compiling the information or vetting the mailer.

“This is an attempt on the part of our current Registrar to gain points on what is simply an error that is being corrected,” Torrano said. “A mailing is going out today from John’s campaign (he is in touch with the Bishop Group as we speak, the mailing source) to all affected. … Less than 750 people out of a possible 8,500 were affected.”

The registrar’s office provided some links for voters to check their polling location.

  1. There is a Norwalk State/Federal Voting Map at http://www.norwalkct.org/DocumentCenter/View/4738
  2. The Secretary of the State’s office has a voter look-up at: http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3172&q=512796
  3. The City of Norwalk has a voter look-up at: http://my.norwalkct.org/evoterpoll/
  4. Voters without Internet access can call the Registrar of Voter’s office at 203-854-7996.

There will be a press conference at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Registrar’s Office, Room 122, Norwalk City Hall, to answer any questions voters or the press may have and to update the public about any further errors that come to light in the interim.


12 responses to “Federici campaign mailers list wrong polling places”

  1. Oyster

    Sorry Mr. Torrano,
    Every campaign piece has to have that legally required language “Approved by so and so”. You can’t even suggest that he did not look at these pieces.
    This does not recommend him for the position of registrar, that’s for sure.

  2. Anna Duleep, City Sheriff

    While errors are of course understandable, Mr. Torrano’s explanation is unsatisfactory. First, all political mailings sent on behalf of a candidate include the “approved by [candidate name]” tagline. If that candidate did not get to personally approve the piece, it should not go out. Second, lack of oversight or blaming an unknown campaign worker nevertheless undercuts a campaign theme of replacing a supposedly incompetent incumbent. If Mr. Federici truly had nothing to do with this mailing, despite the SEEC-required tagline, then saying the RTC is doing him no favors is an understatement.

  3. Oyster

    It is good to see that our registrar’s office irrespective of party acted quickly to get the word out and were so responsive to inquiries.
    Mr. Wilms and Ms. Wilson should send out thank you cards to Ms. Lyons and Mr. Wells.

  4. sophie21

    OMG too funny! Not really as it affects potential voters! But the Federici camp should know where people are supposed to vote especially since they speak of the redistricting over and over. How is Karen Doyle Lyons to blame?? Come on it is so obvious that Federici has no clue what to do. He can’t even accept responsibility for a mistake!

  5. RU4REAL

    You can’t make this stuff up. I’m picking up some more popcorn!

  6. Norewalk Lifer

    this is the definition of irony….,

    Norwalk Lifer

  7. EastNorwalkChick

    Oh, the irony of it all….

  8. kmokeefe

    Hardly a great start for a Registrar of voters is it? People do make mistakes, of course, but blaming an aide does not excuse the inefficiency – to say nothing of ineffectiveness – of Mr. Federici’s purported skills or competence for the job. Mr. Torrano is, once again, using the old Republican of ploy blaming the victim. Smoke certainly got in his eyes and he can’t seem to see the facts through the fog!! Ms Lyons has been a very effective Republican Registrar of Voters for many years and should continue to be our choice to represent us.

  9. Grand Torrano

    A mistake? Like intentionally having the vote for Registrar on a night that many Lyons supporters couldn’t make it? And still only winning by three votes? And now this shamelessly still taking sides against other republicans? How can you be the leader of the republicans and attack other republicans? Ronald Reagan rolls.

  10. Casey Smith

    I would imagine that when Mr. Federici saw the proofs, it would have just said something like “District ###’s voting location will be….” and he accepted it. Many residents were not even aware that there was redistricting done in 2012, so I’m not surprised that this happened. Unless he lived in one of the districts that had changes, it’s not readily apparent, like a spelling error or typo.

  11. Been there done that

    Torrano leadership is the gift that keeps giving. The Democrats must be thanking their lucky stars the RTC chose him. Pete keep up the good work!

  12. sophie21

    @ Casey Smith your comment “Mr. Federici saw the proofs, it would have just said something like “District ###’s voting location will be….” and he accepted it.” is ludricous.

    Mr. Federici is running for the office of Registrar of Voters. He claims that he can do a better job, etc. It would be his job to know and should have known to double check that he had the correct information. Besides Mr. Federici hasn’t even accepted responsibility for the error, which leads me and I am sure many others to believe that he didn’t proof them at all. If anyone did proof them It was probably Mr. Torrano. As Mr. Torrano seems to be running this show.

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