Darien shuffle referendum slated for Dec. 13
The Board of Selectmen Monday night voted to hold the shuffle referendum Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
After a group of citizens collected more than 900 signatures and enough were verified by the town clerk to force the vote, the BOS was required by state law to determine an appropriate time to hold the vote as soon as it is possible.
In a press release, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said after speaking with fellow board members and the registrar of voters, she would recommend the polls be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. to avoid any misconceptions that she as trying to influence the vote.
State law requires the polls to be open from at least 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. but the BOS reserves the right to extend voting hours.
"After counseling with my board, the registrars of voters and town clerk and in the interest of avoiding any false accusations of manipulating the outcome of the vote, I am prepared to recommend to my board that we set the time of voting to take place from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the date our board will select this evening," Stevenson said in the statement. "Further, I would like to be on record that setting the voting time of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for this particular referendum shall not constitute a precedent for future referenda. The details and circumstances of each referendum are unique and future town leaders shall have the ability to exercise their rights set out by our town charter."
In order to pass the referendum, 3,100 "no" votes must be cast against the shuffle project.