Connecticut Supreme Court Hearing Will be Televised Live; Issue is Which Party to List First on Ballot

Connecticut Television Network will broadcast the State Supreme Court hearing live, in the lawsuit Republican Party of Connecticut v Merrill. The hearing will be at 10 a.m. eastern time, Wednesday, September 12. The issue is whether the Democratic Party or the Republican Party should be listed first on the 2012 and 2014 ballots. State law says the party that got the most votes for its gubernatorial candidate in 2010 will be listed first. That is ambiguous, because the Democratic vote for Governor was a smaller number of votes than the Republican vote for Governor. But the Working Families Party cross-endorsed the Democrat, and if one adds the votes of the Democratic Party and the votes of the Working Families Party, then that total is larger than the Republican vote.

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