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Municipal Democratic Elected Officials | Old Saybrook Democratic Town Committee
Elizabeth Steffen - Alternate
Zoning Board of Appeals
2011 Election Results | Old Saybrook Republican Town Committee
Elizabeth D. Steffen (D) 1,588
Charles E. Sohl (R) 2,087
"I registered over 100 new Democratic ...
"I registered over 100 new Democratic voters between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, the last day of registration for the primary," said Liz Steffen, the Democratic Registrar of Voters in Old Saybrook.Unlike the November 2007 election, when optical scanning technology was first used in Old Saybrook, no ballot tabulator went down.On that Election Day, paper ballots that got damp rubbing against wet raincoats created short-term jams-and subsequent backlogs-in the ballot tabulating machines.But each polling place still had only one tabulator "This primary election was more stressful than normal because we were running two party primaries and had only one vote tabulator," Steffen noted.She commented that new requirements to provide voting options for the blind and disabled increased the set-up and take-down time required at each town polling place."With mechanical lever voting machines, it took just 20 minutes to set up a polling place.Now it takes us two hours for each," said Steffen."The new optical scanning technology means we have to set up voter privacy booths, with each booth no closer than three feet to the other, install special phone and fax lines for disabled voters, and run power cords for the tabulators," she continued.Steffen claims that electrical capacity in the Old Saybrook Middle School gymnasium, one of two town polling places, was just barely sufficient to support the new electrical polling place equipment.She noted that new voting requirements for the blind and disabled require a phone line link to IVS, a firm hired to remotely record a disabled voter's preference and fax back to the polling place a confirmation of the individual's vote.These phone line links must be in place in advance of Election Day and field-tested to assure they work before voting begins.Steffen, a part-time town employee who is elected to the position of Democratic registrar, claims she is owed overtime pay for extra hours spent supporting elections.The town counters that she is a salaried part-time staffer not entitled to overtime pay and at no time exceeded a 40-hour workweek, the threshold to reach before overtime pay requirements are triggered.
Middlesex County | John DeStefano for Connecticut Governor
Ms. Elizabeth D Steffen
Old Saybrook Registrar of Voters
Elizabeth Steffen, the ...
Elizabeth Steffen, the Democratic registrar of voters, said the referendum is open to all residents who are registered voters, as well as non-residents who own property in town worth more than $1,000 and are United States citizens. Steffen said this will mark the first time the town will use its new optical scanning voting machines. The machine reads a cardboard ballot on which the voter makes his or her choices and then counts it automatically. She said there will be a workshop at 12:30 p.m. on March 19 at the Senior Center, 220 Main St., for people who wish to learn how to use the new machines.