Recount drags on in Fairfield RTM districts

Even though Election Day is more than a week old, some of the races in Fairfield have yet to be decided.

Several spots on the Representative Town Meeting were still being recounted Friday afternoon. The races in six of the 10 RTM districts were decided within 20 votes. By state law, the votes had to be recounted in those districts. In some cases, those recounts came up with different winners, forcing election officials to perform the recount again.

First Selectman Ken Flatto (D-Fairfield) says the problem may lie with the new electronic voting machines. On election night, for the first time, voters were required to fill in a circle completely for their candidate. However, Flatto says some people made a check mark instead and he is not sure how the machine read the vote.

Flatto brought in two town auditors to try and clear up some of the confusion in the recounts. As of Friday evening, two of the RTM races remain officially undecided.

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