To the Editor:
Over the past several weeks, there have been numerous attacks on both my character and my accomplishments as Republican Registrar of Voters. Instead of getting into petty quarrels online, I decided to address each accusation, using facts as opposed to unsubstantiated talking points.
Purging of voters files:
Yes, our office performs a yearly canvass, Jan. 1 to May 1, as mandated per state statute. The voter files are also updated on a daily basis with proper notifications.
Both registrars are jointly responsible for office procedures. The state voter system was, to say the least, flawed, and removed voters and elected officials from the voter rolls. We worked to input voters to meet with the 2004 deadline, but our efforts were stopped when the other registrar directed the IT Department to disconnect the computers and both registrars were fined. The Mayor’s Office was fully aware of this situation throughout.
Providing the town chairmen with updated voter lists:
The accusation that these voter lists were not provided are unequivocally untrue. Despite what has been stated publicly by Mr. Torrano and Mr. Scialabba, voter lists were sent to Mr. Scialabba, Republican Town Chair, 22 times in 2013. There are emails to back this up. The story changed into the notion that these lists were tainted, which, again, is untrue. These accusations were never substantiated and no proof that these lists were tainted was ever provided.
My campaign does have the support of many RTC members:
Despite the numerous statements from the Federici campaign, I have the support of many Republican Town Committee members, and the vote was, in fact, very close. Only 57 out of 93 members were present to endorse a candidate for the office of Registrar of Voters. Mr. Torrano refused to give the tally results and only announced that Mr. Federici had won the nomination. The difference of the loss was only 4 votes. It was unfortunate that the meeting was called when so many members were unable to attend.
District changes did not cost our party an election:
Stuart Wells and I were working on a project as a result of the census of voters who reside on boundary properties of districts. Forty years ago, GPS technology was not available to locate properties. Mr. Wells was being assisted by the town clerk, tax assessor, DPW and the U.S. Postal office. Norwalk’s corporation counsel assisted with interpreting the city charter. To directly respond to the accusations made by Mr. McCarthy, his statements are not accurate. A quick look at the actual votes cast in 2011, the election he is referring to, shows that had the updated district changes been made, the net change would have been five additional votes cast by Democratic voters. Hence the district changes had no impact on the final election results.
Norwalk Veterans Memorial Committee
I am honored to have been selected by four mayors to serve as the city of Norwalk’s liaison to the Veteran’s Memorial Committee. I am also the committee secretary. I perform duties for city events such as the Memorial Day Parade, Shea-Magrath Memorial Ceremony and Veterans Day Ceremony. Mr. Torrano stated that I was not to work at City Hall on the Memorial Day Parade. However, Mayors Esposito, Knopp, Moccia and Rilling each gave me permission to work at City Hall on these city events.
Additional attacks and accusations
Never, at any point of my 14 years of services as the Republican Registrar of Voters, have I conducted any babysitting services, tag sales, or real estate activities while at City Hall. These are simply lies that have been spread throughout the campaign through various outlets that have zero truth behind them.
I have tried not to dignify the untruths, rumors and dirt that have been thrown with an answer. They did tell me that if I took my quest to the voters it would be ugly, but I could never have foreseen such dirty politics from within my own party. I now feel that the voters in Norwalk deserve answers to their questions and know the truth. I have written the facts and I have documentation to support these points. Mr. Torrano may control the RTC Executive Board, but will NEVER control Elections or the Registrar of Voters office.
If the Republican Voters choose to re-elect me, I will continue to serve ALL voters regardless of affiliation. I respectfully ask for your vote on Aug. 12. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Karen Doyle Lyons
Republican Registrar of Voters