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Ballot Position Battle Back — This Time In Legislature

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Voters at Irving Robbins Middle School in Farmington. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Voters at Irving Robbins Middle School in Farmington. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ House Republican leader Lawrence Cafero is angry Democrats want to change the order of candidates on the Election Day ballot.

He called it “another example of arrogant one-party rule.”

The legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee, controlled by Democrats, approved a bill that would always give the political party of the current governor top billing.

Last year, Republicans challenged a decision to list Democrats at the top, even though a Democrat won the 2010 governor’s race.

They argued– and the State Supreme Court agreed– their candidates should get top billing because Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ultimately won with votes he garnered as a Working Families Party candidate.

Democrats said they’re trying to make the law consistent with the assumption the top line goes to the governor’s party.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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