Hey Bill Effros, you out there?

You mentioned you were in the process of starting two independent political parties – any luck? I’ve been assured by a smug leader of the Democrat party in Greenwich that outraged voters can’t throw them off the school board because there must be an equal number of members from “both parties”, and it’s too late to register a new party in time for this fall’s election.

He’s right about the equal number of members, but the state law clearly does not demand that one of those parties be the Democrats. The proper thing to do is for Republicans to join with independents and run two separate, anti-busing slates and, while they’re at it, a full compliment of BET candidates, and take all the seats, leaving none for Greenwich Democrats.

It can be done. If Bill’s party isn’t formed yet, does anyone know if there’s a dormant party out there we can revive?


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16 responses to “Hey Bill Effros, you out there?

  1. Cos Cobber

    I believe the “Not Frank Farricker” party is very much alive. Try something else.

  2. Cos Cobber

    PS – So when will FF, Himes, Murphy and Blumenthal take to the airwaves to announce their unbridled support for social engineering? Will Blumenthal have the courage to take the podium on this while standing in front of GA?

  3. Al Dente

    Toga Party.

  4. Anon

    Sugar Bear Ecology Club?

  5. burningmadolf

    How about a modified Know Nothing party (no disrespect to fellow Irish):
    “The Know Nothing movement was an American political movement that operated on a national basis during the mid 1850s. It promised to purify American politics by limiting or ending the influence of Irish Catholics and other immigrants, thus reflecting nativism and anti-Catholic sentiment.”

  6. Mr. 85 Broad Street

    I’m not sure about the timing of a new party, but I believe that you need to only be a member of a party for 90 days before running for office as that party’s candidate. I am switching my registration to Libertarian on my next trip to Town Hall “just in case”. I hope other like minded individuals will join me.

  7. Demmerkrat Patriot

    … there must be an equal number of members from “both parties”

    Actually, the Greenwich Charter does not proscribe the composition of the Board of Education …. state statute does.


  8. Once

    Don’t forget the RINOs. There are plenty that call themselves Republican that are liberal. Past Chairwoman of the BOE Nancy Weissler for one.

  9. loveablewhackjob

    Ed Krumeich is my shepherd, I shall not want.

    From His blog on Greenwich Patch:

    The Winds of Change Are Softly Wafting Through Town Government

    The municipal election this fall will bring changes to the Board of Estimate and Taxation and Board of Education but probably not to the Board of Selectman.

    Posted by Ed Krumeich, March 29, 2013 at 03:33 pm

    I gather from your blog, only registered Democrats and Republicans can be elected to BOE and BET. Do you think that’s constitutional? Just asking. With regard to school board change, as I understand the previous “bitter race” “the divisions that rent the BOE have disappeared” because the victors adopted the positions of the vanquished. Our public school children are still being “left behind” in numbers great enough to incur sanctions. Our “magnet schools” attracted no one. The costly, secretly financed, “International Baccalaureate Programme” is gone. Our new School Superintendent has proposed a $20 million initiative to clean up the mess left behind by the previous Superintendent of Schools, so ardently defended by current School Board Members. And BOE has now assumed legal and financial responsibility (at a cost of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars) to clean up illegally installed playing fields in the swamp behind the high school. (Please note, I had nothing to do with any of the forgoing events–don’t blame me!) Thanks, though, for laying out the local politics at this early phase of the election cycle. Bill

    Ed Krumeich March 30, 2013 at 07:31 pm
    Great news Bill! You can run for the BOE or BET. If you belong to a political party with a ballot line you can place your name in nomination and if the DTC or RTC (or the Green Party) nominate you and there is no primary to win you are a nominee. If you are unaffiliated you need to have a petition signed by the requisite number of registered voters and your name will appear on the ballot. Then you need to get around 7,000 of your near and dear friends to vote for you to be elected. This has been a problem for unaffiliated or minor party candidates because major party candidates benefit from an automatic vote of party members who show up at the polls. Good luck Bill. I look forward to following your campaign on your blog. Smite those IB types and excoriate your fellow board members from a position of power and influence.

    Ed Krumeich March 30, 2013 at 07:40 pm
    I forgot to add that if you are registered in a party with a ballot line and want to skip the RTC or DTC or Green Party nominating conventions or if you lose there you can also petition for a primary. If you win you become the nominee of that party entitled to run on the party line and presumably pIck up the automatic vote. If you lose the primary but have enough supporters sign a petition to qualify you can to run as an independent in the general election. I believe the system I described has passed constitutional review.

    Bill Effros March 31, 2013 at 02:30 pm
    Greatest number of votes wins? No more than 2 from any party? All i have to do is knock out the lowest vote getter? Will you be my campaign manager?

    Ed Krumeich April 1, 2013 at 04:00 am
    Yes, yes on BOE top 12 on BET no more than six nominated by the same political party, yes and No.

    Bill Effros April 1, 2013 at 04:51 pm
    How does the voting work? Are RTM members nominated by political party? I assume an individual can vote only for the RTM candidates running in the district where the individual lives? For Selectmen everyone gets 3 votes, the highest total becomes First selectman? Only 2 candidates per party line? Can a candidate be on more than 1 party line?

    Ed Krumeich April 1, 2013 at 05:19 pm
    When the votes are counted after the November election you will likely discover that two members of the BOE, six members of the BET and at least one member of the Board of Selectmen will be Democrats. These elected public officials along with their Republican counterparts will have the privilege of serving the town for their terms: four years on the BOE and two years on the BET and Selectmen. RTM members run on a non-partisan basis but the members’ party registration are disproportionately Republican. The relative lack of representation by unaffiliated voters may be explained by low turnout in municipal elections, particularly by unaffiliated voters. Those who do turn out tend to vote along party lines with the Republican registration advantage deciding contested races and the minority positions on our balanced boards, the BET and BOE, and our unbalanced Board of Selectmen, taken by Democratic nominees. It is very difficult for someone running as an independent or on a minor party line to garner enough votes to be elected. As for the state legislative races next year our house districts are gerrymandered to favor the Republicans. The closest a Democrat has come to winning a House race since 1912 was in the 151st District in 2006 in which the incumbent won by 132 votes. After the 2010 census that district was redistricted to increase the Republican vote. The most competitive district now is 150th District, which lost Republican registration in the gerrymandering of 151.

    Bill Effros April 2, 2013 at 09:38 pm
    How many people have to sign the petition to get a name on the ballot?
    Where can someone find all these rules in one place?

    Ed Krumeich April 2, 2013 at 09:40 pm
    Ask the Town Clerk. The Secretary of State’s Office also has staff expert on election law.

  10. loveablewhackjob

    Multiple Vote Systems

    The key to winning is the multiple vote system. Each voter gets 3 votes for Selectman (but only 2 for any 1 party). Each voter gets 4 votes for BOE (but only 2 for any one party.) Each voter gets 12 votes for BET (but only 6 votes for any one party.)

    That leaves a lot of votes up for grabs. So the politicos in the 2 dominant parties have each put up as many candidates as any voter can select, and every candidate gets elected except for the fool who can’t add and runs for First Selectman on the Democrat line. (Almost) Everyone who runs, wins! (Can’t figure out why that independent vote total is so low.)

    Independents who get mad make the mistake of putting up only 1 opposition candidate. The trick to winning is putting up 2 candidates for each position, with opposing points of view, and let all 4 of them duke it out in the general election, which instantly becomes interesting, and the “who cares anyhow” vote turns out, because the game is no longer rigged.

    Everything is up for grabs, and here’s why:

    Instead of needing at least 51% of the vote in a 2 person election, or at least 34% of the vote in a 3 person election, you need at least only 26% of the vote in a 4 person election…FOR EACH OPENING! Every Democrat and Republican voter has 1, 2, or 6 votes more than he or she can use. Every Independent can use every vote.

    If every Republican fails to use all unneeded votes for a Democrat, an Independent will take a position. And if every Democrat fails to use all unneeded votes for a Republican, an Independent will take a position.

    Independents should vote only for all Independents, and they will win if they can bring out the vote. (The vote is decided by the number of Republicans and Democrats who vote for each Independent Candidate. If they throw away their extra votes, their own weakest candidates will lose to strong independents–if they vote they can wind up with a majority supporting their position on each board.)

    You bring out the vote by making it a 4 person race. Field a slate for busing and another against. Let them slug it out. One of them is likely to win. If you are a Democrat or Republican you want to cast your extra vote for someone who agrees with your point view, not for someone who disagrees–and you will.

    Independents in Multi-vote elections can win on write-in ballots if they put up strong candidates willing to work.

    • loveablewhackjob

      Write-In Candidates on Scanned Ballots

      It is tempting to run the Independent campaigns on write-in ballots. It takes the least formal organizational work, and makes the outcome the most unpredictable. Voting and counting ballots should closely resemble voting and counting ballots in third world nations. The Town and better organized political parties must prepare for it, whether or not people actually take advantage of it. Because every voter should vote for a certain number of write-in candidates, and many new voters might appear, the final vote count is completely unpredictable. Voting will be very slow. Many regular voters may not get the chance to vote. Every vote will have to be hand-counted. “Mark the Bubble” will be the campaign slogan.

  11. loveablewhackjob

    Absentee Ballots

    Write-In Campaigns are won with Absentee Ballots.