Absentee ballot reform a hot topic in Bpt.

(08/06/03) BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport's Democrat Registrar of voters Lisa Parziale first supported, but now opposes the pilot program for absentee ballot reform in Bridgeport. It is a controversial issue among mayoral candidates in the Park City.

Parziale said the state election enforcement commission has made the pilot program impossible to administer. She does not approve of the new "interrogation-style interview" for anyone reqesting an absentee ballot. Many candidates, however, believe the only way to ensure voters are part of a fraud-free primary is to change what was done in the past.

News 12 Connecticut learned that there will be seven Democrats on the ballot for the September 9 primary. Charles Coviello and Carl Horton filed their signatures at the registrar's office just before the 4 p.m. deadline on Wednesday.

The ordinance committee will take up the absentee ballot reform issue on Monday night.

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