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Connecticut: Lieberman's petitions still have to be checked

The Advocate reports: U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman is acting like he is a candidate in November's general election, but it won't be known for several days whether his petition drive to gain a spot on the ballot is successful.

The morning after his primary defeat to Ned Lamont, Lieberman's campaign delivered two boxes full of petitions to Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, signaling he would continue the battle for his Senate seat as an "independent Democrat." ...

Shirley Surgeon, Hartford's Democratic registrar of voters, said she is verifying 59 pages of signatures delivered to that city's town clerk last week.

Although each petition contains room for 30 signatures, Surgeon said the majority of those she received contain about half that, and several have been disqualified.

"Out of 15 on this first page, nine were good," Surgeon said.

In Norwalk, Town Clerk Andrew Garfunkel said he received one petition page Wednesday.

Norwalk Democratic Registrar Betty Bondi said if the rest of Lieberman's petitions are as "sloppy" as that one piece of paper, his chances to make it onto the ballot do not look good.

"There were less than 10 names and only two good signatures," Bondi said. -- The Advocate - State still checking petitions: Lieberman bid needs 7,500 good signatures

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