BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport officials are launching an investigation after ballot shortages caused chaos at several polling places yesterday.

In all, 12 of the city's 23 locations stayed open until 10 p.m. after a judge ordered the extension.

Mayor Bill Finch blamed the problems on the city's registrars, who ordered 21,000 ballots for the city's 69,000 registered voters. Finch announced today that he's appointing a special panel to make sure a shortage doesn't happen again.

The secretary of the state's office says it recommends communities order enough ballots to cover every registered voter.

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