Did Lauretti fall short on petition signatures?

The Secretary of the State’s office has held off on announcing whether Mayor Mark Lauretti has turned in enough petition signatures to qualify for the Republican lieutenant governor’s primary on Aug. 12.

The office wants to see if any more signature verification forms come in by mail from local registrars of voters before making its official determination, said Av Harris, communications director for the office, on late Monday.

Lauretti needed to turn in 8,190 signatures by registered Republicans in Connecticut by the June 10 deadline.

His campaign has said about 9,000 signatures were submitted, but some signatures are routinely found to be invalid because the signers aren’t registered voters, aren’t registered in the correct political party, or for other reasons.

Checked by local election officials

The signatures are checked for validity by registrars in the towns where the voters are from, meaning theoretically Lauretti’s signatures could have to be looked at by 169 different registrars around the state.

Many of Lauretti’s signatures are believed to have come from GOP voters in Shelton and Danbury.

Harris said Monday the office is likely to make its determination in the next day or two.

Harris’ comments appear to indicate that Lauretti is still short of the required number of signatures, but perhaps is somewhat close.

There have been indications that Lauretti may have fallen short, including last week’s decision by running mate and gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton, who is mayor of Danbury, to drop out of the Republican race for governor.