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SEEC faced with new elections questions

August 23, 2018

A record number of candidates competing in a record number of primaries has raised a whole host of new questions for the State Elections Enforcement Commission this year.

Most recently: The commission was asked to weigh in on the ability of candidates to apply for general election grants from the state’s clean elections program even if they did not apply for a primary grant. The answer is yes, with some stipulations, according to an advisory decision issued Wednesday by the Commission.

“There are almost a dozen candidates out there who were in primaries, and they joined the program and they never bothered to come in for a grant and then they won their primaries anyway,” said Josh Foley, staff attorney and spokesman for SEEC.

In short, Foley said, any candidate who complied with the rules of the program but simply did not turn in an application may still do so and qualify for a general election grant. They cannot use the funds to pay off debts from a primary campaign.

The deadline to apply for a full grant is Monday.

kkrasselt@hearstmediact.com; 203-842-2563; @kaitlynkrasselt

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