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Problems at the polls highlight limitations of locally operated election system

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill in her Capitol office. (Christine Stuart file photo)
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill in her Capitol office. (Christine Stuart file photo)
The aftermath
The aftermath

HARTFORD, Conn. – The debacle in Hartford on Tuesday morning, which delayed the opening of some polling places, as well as the ballot shortage in Bridgeport during the 2010 election, have highlighted weaknesses in Connecticut’s localized election system.

Hartford Courant’s Jon Lender

on the Hartford Registrar of Voters office

Many voters don’t realize that their local Registrars of Voters are virtually autonomous once elected, except for the funding they receive from their towns.

“It’s very difficult to change any system,” Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Wednesday. “Especially one that’s locally based.”

Elections are run by local election officials. Merrill’s office serves in an advisory capacity, but in general does not certify results until a few weeks after the vote. Until that time, local election officials continue to modify the election returns they submit by fax machine to Merrill’s office.

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One response to “Problems at the polls highlight limitations of locally operated election system”

  1. John Hamlin

    The Democrats control the executive and legislative branches, and if they want to fix the system, they should do so, instead of waiting till Election Day and claiming they are “shocked, shocked” that the system doesn’t work, ballots aren’t printed, and people can’t vote.

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