Updated: 106th District Recount Upholds Bolinsky Victory

Margin of victory narrows but election night result stands.

Updated 11:30 p.m. Nov. 14:

A full recount of the ballots from the Nov. 6 election for the 106th Assembly District upheld an election night victory for Republican Mitch Bolinsky, though challenger Democrat Lisa Romano gained three additional votes.

Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton confirmed Wednesday night that the final count came to 5,757 for Bolinsky and 5,712 for Romano, narrowing the margin from 48 votes to 45 and increasing the total number of votes in the race from 11,448 to 11,469.

Frampton said several ballots were not filled in correctly, preventing the machines from reading them and leading to the fluctuation in the tally.

State Rep.-elect Bolinsky said Wednesday he was glad the numbers held and “very excited about getting to work.”

Bolinsky said he has already begun meeting with constituents and business groups and has set appointments to begin transitioning into the seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Lyddy.

“I’m looking forward to getting to work and getting things done for Newtown.”

Romano released the following statement Wednesday night:

I am glad that the recount proceeded as proscribed by state law. LeReine Frampton ran it with a lot of professionalism and a little humor too. I thank the election workers for returning and doing a great job.

I picked up 3 votes in the recount, but unfortunately that was only one twelfth of what I needed to change the result.  The final split was 45 votes in favor of Mr. Bolinsky.

Although the town voted overwhelmingly in favor of Republicans in all the other races, there was virtually no difference in this race. Voters were choosing between two candidates who were fiscally conservative and in favor of streamlining the state government. Economic issues were clearly the overriding concern for voters, and unfortunately for me, many have the bias that a Republican is more likely to shrink government and keep their taxes down. I almost overcame this, through five months of door-to-door campaigning, but not quite.

During the recount, one thing I noticed while the hundreds of ballots passed by was that many Democratic voters filled in their bubbles for President, Senate and Congress, but did not continue, across the space where John McKinney didn't have an opponent, to fill in the bubble next to my name. I'm sure there were also quite a few Republican voters who did not cast a vote in the state representative race. I hope that in the future, voters will take a few moments to look up the candidates and make a choice for their statehouse seat.

While I will be looking for my next challenge, I still hope to have the opportunity to work on issues that the state needs to address, such as education.

Update 10 p.m. Nov. 14:

After reviewing all of the ballots from the Nov. 6 election for the 106th Assembly District, the final tally upheld the election night call for Republican Mitch Bolinsky, though Democrat Lisa Romano gained three additional votes.

The final count of 5,757 for Bolinsky and 5,712 for Romano narrowed the margin from 48 votes to 45.

Original Story

Newtown’s registrars and poll moderators gathered in Town Hall South Wednesday evening to retabulate the returns in Districts 1, 2 and 3 for the 106th State Assembly race, which saw a narrow 48-vote victory on election night for Republican Mitch Bolinsky over Democrat Lisa Romano, 5,748-5,700.


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Poll workers split into three tables (one for each voting district) and set about reviewing each ballot individually in Democrat-Republican pairs. Workers were instructed to analyze only votes cast for the 106th District and look for incompletely or incorrectly filled out ballots, such as check marks or half-filled bubbles.

The recount includes some 15,000 ballots, according to Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton, who said she expected the process to take approximately four hours. The final results are due in to the Secretary of State’s Office by midnight Wednesday.

After seeing the close vote totals on election night, Frampton said the registrars and poll workers “reviewed every scrap of paper from the moderators to see if we could eliminate human error” from the equation, however the margin remained less than 0.5 percent of votes cast, the state threshold for a recount.

“These poll workers worked very hard” on election day and night, Frampton added, noting that despite their individual party affiliations, “all are bipartisan.”

Romano confirmed that she had originally told news outlets that she intended to waive the right to a recount, however after having more time to consider the results she decided to allow it to go forward.

The Democratic candidate said that she looked up the list of new voters registered since Aug. 1 and received some 24 pages of potential voters that might not have been familiar with Newtown’s voting machines.

The final outcome might not change enough to matter, however Romano said she wants to “ensure that every vote is counted properly.”

“Machine votes tend to be accurate,” Bolinsky said, expecting the numbers to be substantively the same, though he admitted that the recount was his “opponent’s right” under state law.

Sam Mihailoff November 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM
ha...sorry, your name is Lisa...MY BAD Lisa just telephoned me 6:19 in the morning...YES, the birdies are seeping but this bird brain is calling people on the telephone. I just got blamed for her loss..."character assassination"...gee I never knew I was so omnipotent...My comment appears AFTER the election and I get accused for past actions by a possible 17,091 voters...WOWIE!!! She whined, moaned, rambled at 6:19 in the morning, yes moments ago..."I worked hard for five months and I have two kids" Told her I recorded phone calls for training purposes...It sure is bizarre....BOO HOO, can you say loose cannon???
Jeff Capeci November 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM
In the end she turned out to be just another spending democrat yearning to go to Hartford to tax too.
John Munro November 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM
While I usually agree with Sam on most topics I find his writing style angry and demeaning. You would be a much better advocate for conservative and libertarian principles without all the ad hominem attacks. All that really does is turn people away.
Sam Mihailoff November 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM
John...you crticize my "writing style" I criticize the fact that someone calls me at 6:19 in the morning...all proveable through phone records...not making this up Why she chose to call me, and at a time three hours earlier than the government excludes for any bill collections, sales, calls only she and her "most needed" therapist can answer
Lisa W. Romano November 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I invite anyone who is interested in this story, who might be planning to post a negative comment about me, to call me and get full information first. My number is 203-733-2284. Thank you.
Daniel Patti November 15, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Bodie November 15, 2012 at 01:33 PM
It is her right to challenge the count. What other rights would you like to see eliminated? Possibly the suppression of the right to vote like other republicans in other states have proposed?
Bodie November 15, 2012 at 01:45 PM
What makes people like you, people like you? I pity your family for having to deal with such a hateful person on a daily basis.
Sam Mihailoff November 15, 2012 at 02:20 PM
BRILLIANT BRODIE...JUST BRILLIANT The election is over... obviously Ms. Romano thinks she is above the law to telephone someone whenever she so chooses. How about, telephone harassment added...I think that is a federal crime What, you think she would be a good state rep...STILL??? Need to hear the tape? yeah...let's make it a personal assault on me,,, You are acting like a child. Are you...show me your ID...oh, that's right a coward hiding behind a fake name...expected, as much!
Jackie zVon November 15, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Sorry, Lisa. My thoughts exactly (except for the handshake part - I don't have a clue what he's referring to). And, after reading all these comments ... shaking my head.
yoda November 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Sometimes the truth hurts, right or wrong!!! You cant judge a person by words, you HAVE TO MEET THEM!!! Take the time, I always do!!!!
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com November 15, 2012 at 03:41 PM
John just wondering why a Ridgefield resident has such an interest in what we are doing over here in Newtown. Seems like out of town people have been very busy trying to mess arouind with our internal affairs.
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com November 15, 2012 at 03:47 PM
l'd have thought you, as Chairman of the Legislative Council, might see yourself as representing all the residents of Newtown, not just being another partisan politician. Do you really think that the 5000 people that voted for lisa are all interested in spending and raising taxes. With an attitude like this no wonder Congress is dead locked. Here is what Jeff has to say inthe Patch. 6:50 am on Thursday, November 15, 2012 In the end she turned out to be just another spending democrat yearning to go to Hartford to tax too. publican.
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com November 15, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Carey, pretty close race. 50/50. In fact the vote count did change. Can you explain why you feel someone is not entitled to do what the state law requires. Perhaps you would like to make a pledge as head o fthe republican nominating committee that even in a close race like this the republican candidate will never ask for a recount.LOL
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com November 15, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Jim your comment is totally uncalled for. I don't believe Lisa suggested that LeReine was unprofessional. Nor do i think the democratic party is willing to commit to never asking for a recount.
Ed Bryan November 15, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Lisa, You either said what you said about not wanting to waste our(dems,reps,indies,and all others) money, or you didn't? If the quote was incorrect, challenge the editor to correct it, or, if you spoke those words, stand by what you said. Seems pretty simple?
Ed Bryan November 15, 2012 at 05:55 PM
...as for the comment about democrats going to spend money...yes, yes,yes...that is exactly what the behavior has been and there is no reason to believe it would change!(changed my question mark to an exclamation point) History is representative of its self, and we just can't seem to learn from it.
Carey Schierloh November 15, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Once again Bruce you are wrong. 1. I am not the chair of the Republican nominating committee. 2. I am not questioning Ms Romano's right to ask for a recount. My comment was in regard to Ms Romano's statement on frivolous spending and her quick change of mind. 3. The law did not require the recount, it was Ms Romano's option. 4. To be clear......the tally I am waiting to see is the final cost of the recount.
Len Destin November 16, 2012 at 03:47 AM
What I would like to know is why you have any right too see how voters made choices in any other races beside the one you in which ran? Seems like a breach of privacy to me...
yoda November 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Daniel Patti, I voted for Lisa, my comment wasn't towards her!
Daniel Patti November 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I wasn't referring to your comment. I was referring to sams classless remark. Sorry for the confusion.
Kevin Fitzgerald November 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Jim, I am surprised by your reply comment earlier in this thread. You blamed Lisa Romano for costing us $3,500 and for questioning LeReine's professionalism by agreeing to a recount. The State requires a recount when the outcome is so narrow because it knows that machine or human error may be a determining factor in the outcome. It's happened many times. In fact, the recount found the margin reduced by two votes. Would you have made the same comment if the original outcome had Lisa losing by one vote? Then recount would have made her the winner. Where do you draw the line? You don't have to. The State has done it for you.
Kevin Fitzgerald November 16, 2012 at 11:11 PM
It seems pretty clear in the timeline that Lisa later determined that the recount was not a frivolous expenditure. She even explains the reason in the article. But I guess for some commenters that's not important since it's easier to just make false and hurtful accusations about someone who, just like Mitch, has given so much of her time and energy for Newtown.
Cathy November 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Mitch sure has his work cut out for him. I wish him the best: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/333519/connecticut-s-fiscal-mess-jillian-kay-melchior#
Jim Gaston November 18, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Kevin, I don't recall you at the conversations with Lisa, LeReine myself or others, or at the DTC meeting, for that matter. You know neither the timeline, nor the events that transpired. If you would like at least a modicum of facts give me a call after the holiday.
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com November 18, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Jim you never answered my questions as to whether the Democratic party would never request a recount? Funny neither did the Republicans? Yet you and Carey both seem to feel that Lisa was not allowed to ask for one.
Carey Schierloh November 20, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Bruce, I repeat, I never said she was not entitled to ask for a recount. Kevin the cost for the recount was $4,398 as reported in the Bee.
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com November 20, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Sorry Carey but I know the game. You don't say she is not entitle to the recount, but you complain about the cost. Again wil lthe republicans never ask for a recount due to the cost? or would it be different if the shoe was on the other foot?
Sam Mihailoff November 20, 2012 at 06:33 PM
WONDERFUL... Now, take down the damn signs (everybody) or I will report you to the blight ordinance committee...all mailboxes need to be in compliance and painted mauve by December first BTW
Kevin Fitzgerald November 21, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Jim, I guess you are saying your original comment was not about the article above, but rather about other conversations you were a part of and which were not covered in the article above. And no, I was not there, so I have only the article and your comments under it for reference. Yet having said that, I'm still pretty sure that in your comment you are telling Lisa Romano that you cannot support her decision to allow the the recount to happen. And so, my question still stands...would your position be the same if Lisa had lost the original count by just one vote?


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