Editor, The Cheshire Herald:
I was disappointed in a recent email from my State Senator Rob Sampson on election integrity to see that he was more interested in delivering exaggeration and misinformation rather than guiding his electorate towards a better understanding of problems within Connecticut’s election system.
His first major error was in stating that the electorate had received an unsolicited mailing of absentee ballots. This is incorrect. The electorate received absentee ballot applications which could be translated into ballots at their local Town Halls once identities and addresses were verified. He corrects this error in the next paragraph but not before he claiming that this mailing resulted in ballot harvesting and fraud.
Mr. Sampson’s claims of fraud and ballot insecurity in the 2020 election have been exhaustively investigated by several independent organizations and have been found baseless, but this has not stopped him from spreading this fraudulent information. I live in Cheshire, where there were zero security issues. Of the 17,725 voters [86% of the turnout], 7,539 used absentee ballots [42% of votes cast] — a popular voting method.
His insistence that the State’s voter rolls are “extremely out of date.” is not true. The voter database is maintained via the Connecticut Voter Registration System [CVRS], which the Registrars of Voters use to update their information when anyone changes address, moves to a different town, changes parties, or dies. More data is collected from the Electronic Registration Information Center [ERIC], a transnational nonprofit organization, and Connecticut municipalities conduct an annual canvas early every year to modify or confirm information.
He claims that undeliverable ballot application envelopes are an example of waste within the system, but they are in fact used to update the voter rolls. People move and do not pass this information on. People die and there is no obituary in a local newspaper. Voter rolls are living documents and are continually revised.
Registrars of Voters in each municipality are represented equally by Republicans and Democrats. When casting slurs on voter rolls in this fashion, Mr. Sampson is denigrating members of his own party in these positions. As a State Senator, Mr. Sampson has a voice of authority but with that comes responsibility. He needs to use this authority to give his constituents clear information, not exaggerated mistruths.