Complaint by: Riella
Generally, a town committee must publish notice of a caucus five days or more prior to the caucus, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §9-390. Nancy Riella filed a complaint, alleging that the Colchester Democratic Town Committee held a caucus on July 25, 2011 and failed to timely publish notice. The State Elections Enforcement Commission found that the Democratic Town Committee originally planned a caucus to take place at the Cragin Memorial Library, and it properly provided notice of the caucus at that location. On or about the morning of July 25, 2011, the chair of the committee became concerned that the library's meeting room lacked sufficient space and could not hold 40 individuals. He sent an e-mail to members and informed them that the caucus would take place that day at a different location, the Colchester Fish and Game Club. Attorney Kevin Reynolds advised the chair to place a sign at the library, directing individuals to the Colchester Fish and Game Club, and to start the meeting late, so that individuals would have enough time to travel to the club. Approximately 90 individuals attended the caucus. Riella complained that the chair failed to comply with C.G.S. §9-390. The statute provides, "The town chairman or his designee shall give notice in a newspaper having a general circulation in the town of the date, time, location and purpose of a caucus held pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection. Such notice shall be given not less than five days prior to the date set for the caucus." The State Elections Enforcement Commission concluded it lacked jurisdiction over Riella's complaint, and it directed Riella to the Democratic State Central Committee, which previously concluded that the chair's decision was wise and fair, and that a "successful . . . problem-free caucus" took place. The State Elections Enforcement Commission dismissed the complaint.