Citing Errors, Conflicts of Interest, Suzio Demands Recount in 13th Senate Race

One of the legislator's key charges is that the lead election moderator in Meriden was the campaign treasurer for his Democratic challenger, Dante Bartolomeo.


State Sen. Len Suzio, R-13th, who lost his Senate seat to Democratic challenger Dante Bartolomeo on Election Day by a 1 percent margin, has petitioned the secretary of the state for a recount based on errors and a conflict of interest.

In a two-page letter to Suzio acknowledges the margin between his and Bartolomeo's votes does not automatically qualify the race for a recount.

"The election for State Senate District 13 was an historically close election with an apparent difference of only 238 votes out of nearly 40,000 ballots separating my opponent and I," Suzio writes to Merrill.

"I am aware that the current count difference exceeds the threshold for an automatic recount of 198 by a mere 40 votes."

Suzio, however, raises three main areas of contention:

  • That he and Bartolomeo ran on five different party lines as opposed to the traditional two categories, possibly causing confusion, he says.
  • The secretary of state's new procedures and a new system for allocating and compiling “unknown” votes was so novel, it created a "much higher potential for confusion and mistakes by election officials."
  • The head moderator in Meriden was the campaign treasurer for Bartolomeo, which he considers a conflict of interest.

Suzio goes on to say there were vote tally problems in Middletown, a disabled vote machine in Meriden, and a double-counting incident in Cheshire of Bartolomeo's Working Families votes. No mention is made in the letter of any such incidents in Middlefield.

"We believe the above facts demonstrate a reasonable cause to review the vote counts in District 13," Suzio writes.

david pia November 14, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Absolutely recount!! I was running for Senate in the 2010 election, Bridgeport was part of my district. During the recount, on the Working Families line, all of the Democrats had betwen 9 and 13 votes (in one district), it was recorded that my Democrat opponent had 111 votes, no one picked up on it. When I brought it to their attention, they pulled out the actual tape and said; "hmmmm looks like it was 11, not 111". Good Luck Len!!!!!!!!!!
Kurt Bober November 14, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Normally I would say, stop crying over spilt milk. However, Mr. Suzio has brought up enough questionable doubts as to whether the voting results are valid. Being the incumbent in a close race I think he deserves the recount. Good luck Mr. Suzio.
nancy currlin November 14, 2012 at 07:17 PM
When in doubt, recount. It's too small a margin with too many questions.
Tom Flynn November 15, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I could see a recount of Meriden ballots if insufficient protections were in place there, but no recount of all the votes in his district. The losing margin is too big to recount everywhere. Anything can happen in Meriden, and usually does.
Darrell Lucas November 15, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Gets the recount he wishes for.... margin gets wider. uggg.


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