Norwalk registrars: Bridgeport ballot debacle not uncommon

Democratic and Republican registrars of voters in Norwalk say they're grateful that their Election Day went so smooth compared to the chaos that went on

NORWALK - Democratic and Republican registrars of voters in Norwalk say they're grateful that their Election Day went so smooth compared to the chaos that went on in Bridgeport yesterday.

Norwalk Democratic registrar Stuart Wells and Republican registrar Karen Doyle Lyons say there is a lot of pressure on those in their position to keep within their budget and that sometimes it has a detrimental effect on the election.

They say it is not uncommon for registrars to make an estimate of how many voters are expected and base the number of ballots on that number rather than how many residents are registered to vote. Mayor Bill Finch has blamed the problems on the city's registrars, who ordered 21,000 ballots for the city's 69,000 registered voters. Twelve polling locations stayed open until 10 p.m. due to the problem.

Panel to investigate Bridgeport ballot shortages

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 Word on the Street: 'As Young As You Feel Day'
Maureen Ferrer is the lead ambassador for the 2 Hometown Hero: Maureen Ferrer
Students and their parents trekked along icy patches 3 The Buzz: Schools reopen after storm
Aspiring gymnasts and Olympics fans from all over 4 Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez visits Long Island
Nassau Police say a Hempstead man has been 5 Police: Man arrested for sex assault of child, stabbing 2 women

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE