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Democracy at stake


Doug Mastriano, election-denier and insurrectionist, fought to the end to reverse the voters’ will in 2020. And state Rep Todd Polinchock signed on to this scheme.

When the insurrection didn’t work, Mastriano set out to run for governor with a laundry list of “To Dos” to get Trump back in The White House. As a state senator, he pushed through legislation that allowed poll watchers to travel to other counties to oversee the voting. He pushed “open-carry” gun legislation so that these poll watchers could be as intimidating as possible.

And Rep. Todd Polinchock has been in lock-step.

Mastriano proposed the purging of the voter registration lists, forcing everyone in the state to re-register. He proposed IDs as a prerequisite to vote, even though it is well accepted that those most likely not to have IDs — the poor and elderly — would be most likely to be disenfranchised.

Mastriano promised to curtail, if not eliminate altogether, mail-in voting. He promised to appoint a Secretary of State, whose office is charged with running elections, who is an election-denier and then at a rally this summer, told the crowd that despite the vote count, he will submit a slate of electors to Congress in 2024, just as he did in 2020, thus ensuring a Trump “victory.”

Make no mistake about it, in this election democracy is on the ballot. Doug Mastriano is a clear and present danger to democracy itself as are his enablers like Todd Polinchock.

Bill Davis, New Britain