After failing to be endorsed by Democratic Town Committee, Newington registrar of voters decides to petition for spot on ballot

Published on Thursday, 11 August 2022 16:35
Written by Erica Drzewiecki

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NEWINGTON – After not being endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee this year, longtime Registrar of Voters Marie Fox has decided to petition for a spot on the Nov. ballot.

Fox, who has served as the Town’s Democratic Registrar for over 30 years, will be kicking off her campaign Thursday, Aug. 18 at the pavilion at Churchill Park from 5:30 p.m. until dusk.

“With all your help, I can make history by becoming the first petitioning candidate to win an election in Newington,” Fox said in an announcement to voters.

The state’s election laws permit any individual who is able to gather enough signatures before a certain date to petition their way onto the ballot.

Newington Democratic Town Committee Chairman John Kelly said it was Fox’s role in a redistricting plan this past winter that led to her not being endorsed.

Over the course of her tenure there have been three redistricting events as stipulated by the state, including the most recent, this past spring. Fox and her colleagues spent weeks working on a plan, which was met with significant pushback because it would have decreased the number of voting districts from 8 to 3. This plan was scrapped and the one eventually approved did not change the number of districts.

“If she had discussed the district plan and kept the districts the way they were for 30 years she would probably still be the nominee, but she wanted to change dramatically where every voter in town votes,” Kelly said. “It would have been a tremendous disruption.”

Fox defended her intentions at the time, but it wasn’t enough to sustain her seat.

“As a registrar I have always felt that my only responsibility was to the voters,” she said. “I always felt that the voters must have full access to the voting process, and I could not – nor would I ever condone – voter suppression in any way, shape or form. My loyalty is to my voters, not any political party.”

Fox became a Certified Elections Administrator after studying at Briarwood College in Southington and went on to serve as Chairman of Hartford County for the Registrars of Voters Association of CT.

She takes pride in staying up to date with the latest voting practices and policies, attending regular refresher courses with the Secretary of the State.

Fox recalled how 20 years ago, Newington was one of three towns chosen by the state to use, test and evaluate digital voting machines.

“I have a reputation throughout the state of Connecticut as a registrar who is honest, thorough, straightforward, not afraid to ask questions, and has more than a working knowledge of the pertinent CT General Statutes,” she said.

Republican Registrar of Voters Theresa Avey has no opposition and is expected to retain her position.

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at edrzewiecki@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Thursday, 11 August 2022 16:35. Updated: Thursday, 11 August 2022 16:37.