State Lawmakers to Tackle Bridgeport Election Fiasco

State lawmakers will consider changes to election law in the wake of last week’s ballot shortage in Bridgeport that led to confusion over who won the governor’s race.

Bridgeport’s voter registrars acknowledged they ordered only 21,000 ballots for Tuesday, despite a recommendation from the Secretary of the State’s Office that they purchase at least one ballot for each of the city’s registered voters. The city has more than 69,000 registered voters.

The miscue led to delays of up to an hour or more to vote, the use of photocopied ballots and a judge ordering polls to remain open two hours later and three days of hand counting of the paper ballots.

Democrat Dan Malloy eventually declared the winner by 56-hundred votes.


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