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Minor party endorses Lamont after a pledge for election reform

From left, Gov. Ned Lamont with Monte Frank of Griebel-Frank for CT Party and David Jolly of Forward Party. (Mark Pazniokas, CTMirror.org)

The 2022 Election is Nov. 8.

The Democratic ticket of Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz will be on an unprecedented three ballot lines in November with the cross endorsement by a minor party committed to election reforms.

Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski sought the endorsement of the Griebel-Frank for CT Party, each pledging support for ranked-choice voting and other reforms aimed at tamping the extremes of contemporary politics.

“I think it’s a leap worth taking, no question about it,” Lamont said.

The party is named for Oz Griebel and Monte Frank, a Republican and a Democrat who petitioned for a spot on the 2018 ballot as a gubernatorial ticket, winning 54,741 votes —not quite 4% of 1.4 million votes cast.

It is now affiliated with the Forward Party, a national organization undertaking the difficult task of changing how Americans elect their leaders, seeking open primaries and ranked-choice voting.

Connecticut currently requires only a plurality, not a majority, of votes to win a primary or a general election. As a result, candidates can win nominations and elections with less than 50% of the vote.

Four years ago, Bob Stefanowski won a five-way Republican primary for governor with 29.4% of the vote. In some states, Stefanowski then would have had a runoff with Mark Boughton, the second-place finisher.

Lamont fell just short of a majority in defeating Stefanowski in the general election. Lamont won, 49.4% to 46.2%. Griebel was third with 3.9%. In 2010, Dannel P. Malloy also fell just short of 50% in winning his first term.

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