In the Matter of a Complaint: by Bolinsky
A minor party that holds a meeting to nominate a candidate for election to public office may be required to provide written notice of the date, time, location and purpose of the party's meeting to the municipal clerk, five days prior to the party's meeting. In 2012, Michael Bolinsky of Newtown campaigned as the Republican candidate for the 106th House District. Bolinsky filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, alleging that the Independent Party in the Town of Newtown failed to properly notice a caucus to endorse the Independent Party's nominee. Connecticut General Statutes §9-452a provides, "Not later than five days before a minor party holds a party meeting to nominate a candidate for public office, the presiding officer of such meeting shall give written notice of the date, time, location and purpose of the meeting to, in the case of a municipal office, the town clerk of the municipality served by such office, or in the case of a state office or district office, the Secretary of the State." Michael Telesca, chair of the Independent Party, asserted that the party properly noticed the caucus. The Aug. 10, 2012, edition of The Bee Extra included the date, time and location of the Aug. 31, 2012, caucus. Michael Telesca also provided evidence that he furnished notice to the Secretary of State on Aug. 20, 2012. The State Elections Enforcement Commission concluded that the Independent Party complied with C.G.S. §9-452a, and it dismissed Bolinsky's complaint.