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WHY VOTE FOR DOUG:

  • 42% of Connecticut's voters are not affiliated with the two major parties. The most common voter affiliation is unaffiliated, far more than the Democrats or Republicans.
  • Support candidates and change in the election process for Registrar of Voters. The two party system supports two parties, not democracy.
  • Support evolution of Registrar of Voters role from current model, where each of the two major parties is assured a Registrar, to a professionalized role less party-centric, more like the Town Clerks who are trained and certified (Registrars are not). Current Secretary of State Denise Merrill has issued an Election Performance Report 2012 with some support for modernizing the work now done (mostly) by party appointees.
  • Support more polling sites in Windham (now 2 down from 5) so that voters have shorter travel to vote and each site has fewer voters to check in.
  • Support efforts to register new voters, and keep voters' registration data up to date. The Registrars already work with the Post Office and DMV, but should also reach out via the schools and landlords so that new and moved voters are more likely to learn how to update motor vehicle and voter registrations, and learn where to vote based on their new address.
  • Support experiments in data sharing between states (such as ERIC) to cope with highly mobile population of modern America. In Connecticut we're likely to know where you moved if you update your driver's license, but if you leave the state or don’t maintain driver's license data, multiple towns may have you registered simultaneously, increasing costs for each town.
  • Seek more complete and timely data entry for election history (this influences which voters get dropped from lists – important in towns with high turnover in population, such as college towns like Windham).
  • Seek periodic review of data quality (standardize spellings of streets and towns for addresses, zip+4 review, missing fields). Data in Windham has low quality (typos, nonstandard abbreviations, and deferred entry of changes) after many years of under-budgeted, under-scheduled Registrar's office.
  • A more robust approach to data, and a budget sufficient to serve voters and candidates well, is overdue in Windham. Doug Lary can bring additional office and data skills to the Windham Registrar of Voters Office.

HOW THE REGISTRAR OF VOTERS RACE WORKS:

  • In Connecticut the two major parties are both assured a Registrar in each CT town. Sure there is a vote, and the top two candidates win, but if either of the two parties with the greatest statewide registrations is not among those top two, then the major party candidates are also elected as Registrar. In practice this has meant that most towns, like Windham, have a Registrar for the sizable party in town, another Registrar for a party that is significant across the state but much smaller in town, and no Registrar is selected from the unaffiliated or minor party voters even though they commonly far outnumber the smaller of the two major parties in town and sometimes (such as in Windham) outnumber the larger major party as well. Hartford is the recent rare exception, where a Working Families Registrar was elected by gathering more votes than the Republican candidate in 2008.
  • The Democrat can't lose. The Republican can't lose. That two-party system is difficult to run against. Votes for the two major party candidates have no bearing on the outcome – their seats are secure. The only impact that voting for Windham's Registrar of Voters has this November is to include, or not include, a third Registrar. Any minor party or petitioning candidate who gets a third of the vote or more becomes Registrar in a three-way race, but the major party candidates become Registrar regardless of how many votes they gather – their seats are assured once placed on the ballot by their parties.
  • Voting, and the mechanics of voting, matter. Don't leave all the work to the major parties – support additional Registrars of Voters.
  • Doug is seeking to run on three lines on the ballot - Green, The Bottom Line, and no party at all.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Windham resident since 1983 and active in local civic organizations such as Thread City Development (an organization seeking to improve downtown region) and Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association (active in preservation of 600 local buildings contributing to the neighborhood's Historic District and recognition in National Register of Historic Places).
  • BS degree in Business Administration, Eastern Connecticut State University, Minor Data Processing.
  • Decades of computer experience with large data sets. Has worked in manufacturing as a Cost Accountant then Controller, in software utility industry as a Programmer and Sales Support specialist, in insurance industry as a programmer then calendar subject matter expert, in IBM as an Exchange e-mail and Calendaring subject matter expert. Has been downsized, outsourced, and globalized – but still good with data.
  • Active in local Government as outspoken advocate of participatory democracy through citizen involvement in appointed roles on boards and commissions.
  • Member of, and active observer with, Connecticut Citizen Election Audit Coalition, which observes and reports on the random audits (required in CT) of 10% of the polling districts after each election. Participated in the recount of Bridgeport's troubled governor's race of 2010, and audits of several districts across Connecticut over last three years.
  • Has assisted in multiple campaigns (including Green Party member Jean de Smet's 2009 Windham Mayoral campaign), with particular focus on working with registrars' voter data files. Familiar with the relational database structure and field meanings and has solid grasp on election history data and its uses.
  • Maintains a Windham voter data collection with significantly improved information in parallel to the registrars': with corrected addresses, updated phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and status (dead, moved, inactive, etc).
  • Works with current Windham Registrars on projects requiring analysis such as redistricting and review of potential polling sites.
  • Doug has already been trained by and worked with members of the Secretary of the State's office (SOTS) in registration procedures. In 2011 Doug worked with a non-partisan team spearheaded by Lourdes Montalvo of SOTS and local activist James Flores to enroll new voters at Windham Heights Apartments and then assisted in compiling the data collected by the team for review by interested parties and the Registrars.
  • During his campaign, Doug continues to help voters update their registration details so that they can vote easily on Election Day. On September 6, Doug will assist students with voter registration at ECSU's Student Activity Day.
  • Served 2008-2012 on Windham Ethics Commission, most recently as Chair
  • Registered as a Green Party member since 2004 in Windham. Served on CT Green Party's Platform Committee in 2011-2012. Ran with The Bottom Line Party for Board of Education (2011) and assisted several candidates and parties with voter registration data to create issue- or candidate-specific lists for calling, walking, or mailing.
  • Analytical mind, obsessed with data.

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DOCUMENTS:

 Download a voter registration form - inscripcion de votantes

 

 Apply for an absentee ballot - solicitud de voto por ausencia

 

 Voter's Bill of Rights - Carta de Derechos del Votante

 

See a sample ballot: Windham District 48 - Windham District 49

 

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Lary 3rd Registrar
c/o Jean de Smet, Treasurer
39 Davis St.
Willimantic, CT 06226

Approved by Doug Lary
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