Finch Asks Bridgeport Polls Be Kept Open 2 Hours Longer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The mayor of Bridgeport has asked Connecticut election officials to keep the polls in his city open until 10 p.m., two hours past closing because of a ballot shortage.

Nancy Nicolescu, spokeswoman for the State Elections Enforcement Commission said Tuesday the secretary of the state does not have the authority to keep the polls open late without a court order.

A message was left with Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BY’-suh-wits) as to whether court permission is being sought.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes says she’s heard reports of voters being turned away. The elections commission could not confirm that. Nicolescu advised people who haven’t voted yet to get in line before 8 p.m.

Republican State Chairman Chris Healy filed a complaint saying it’s illegal for Bridgeport officials to give voters photocopied ballots.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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