Panel to investigate Bridgeport ballot shortages

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

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.

Norwalk registrars: Bridgeport ballot debacle not uncommon

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