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'Wet' or 'dry' signatures are at issue in a Guilford absentee ballot dispute

Joe Amon
Connecticut Public/NENC
Jonathan Alvin, 26, casts a ballot in the far left booth on Super Tuesday at Hartford High School in White River Junction, Vermont, on March 3, 2020.

There’s an absentee ballot controversy in Guilford.

A center-left campaign slate for the Nov. 2 school board election called “Protect Guilford Schools” recently included absentee ballot applications as part of a campaign mailer.

These ballot applications came with the voter’s information already filled in and featured a photocopied signature of Bill Bloss, the campaign adviser for Protect Guilford Schools.

Republicans have complained that these ballot applications are tainted because by law, any request for assistance on an absentee ballot must be formally made by the holder of the ballot and must feature a “wet” signature instead of a photocopied one.

Gabe Rosenberg, secretary of the state spokesperson and general counsel, joined “All Things Considered” to talk about why he believes those ballot applications should accepted when submitted.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. In his 20th year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.