A New Canaan official responsible for voter registration and education is calling for the town to install a temporary camera with a live feed of the absentee ballot box at Town Hall in order to address the apparent concerns of some citizens. Absentee ballot box “vigilante” citizen groups appear to “suspect that nefarious goings on by one side or another are affecting the deposit of legitimate ABs [absentee ballots], and that some parties are somehow engaged in Ballot Harvesting operations,” according to Democratic Registrar of Voters John Amarilios. “I would ask that the Town, following timely advice from counsel, immediately install a temporary camera focused on the immediate area of the box and feed its output not only to a recorder but also to a live TV79 or affiliated school channel feed so that those concerned about such matters can monitor the box remotely in real-time from the safety and comfort of their homes,” Amarilios said in an email sent Saturday to the Board of Selectmen. “This would obviate the need for the presence of any such in-person observer loitering in the vicinity of Town Hall, and would eliminate any voter intimidation issues that the presence of such a person or persons might create.”
The email was addressed to the selectmen and those included as recipients included Town Clerk Claudia Weber, Republican Registrar of Voters Joan McLaughlin, Paul Sedlak and NewCanaanite.com. It wasn’t immediately clear what steps, if any, the selectmen would take in response to Amarilios’s letter.