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State offers guidance on Danbury ballots with passing of Council-at-large candidate

Danbury City Councilman Gregg Seabury passed away over the weekend.  The retired science teacher is on the ballot for tomorrow's election as a Republican seeking an at-large City Council seat.  He was City Council Majority Leader and served more than a decade on the Council.  Seabury was 67 years old.  

 

Seabury served on various boards and commissions before being elected to the Council in 2003. He taught at Rogers Park Middle School, Broadview Middle School, and Danbury High School, and was a coach. 

 

Seabury is survived by his wife Barbara and his four children.  Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

 

Withhis passing, there are questions about how tomorrow's vote will move forward in Danbury.

 

State law says that if a nominee dies within 24 days, but prior to 24 hours before the opening of the polls, the vacancy may be filled by 2pm on the day before the election. 

 

Since filling the vacancy is an option and not a requirement, statute dictates that a blank sticker must be affixed to the ballot over the candidate's name.  The ballots will have to be hand counted because they won't be read by the optical scan machines.

 

The Secretary of the State's Office has offered guidance to the Danbury Registrars of Voters that they can instead cross out the name rather than affix a sticker so the ballots could be read by the optical scan machines.

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