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Dozens of Stratford voters receive ballots for incorrect race

Dozens of people in Stratford received the wrong ballots and voted in a race they shouldn't have.

News 12 Staff

Oct 28, 2020, 9:54 PM

Updated 1,334 days ago

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Dozens of people in Stratford received the wrong ballots and voted in a race they shouldn't have.
On Main Street in Stratford, one side of the road is the 120th House District and the other side is the 121st House District. Dozens of voters cast ballots in the wrong race.
Most of those voters live at an apartment complex. Residents at 1111 Stratford Ave. don't live in the 120th District, but they received ballots for it. About 45 of them already voted in the wrong race.
State Rep. Phil Young is running for re-election in that seat and he wants answers.
Young's opponent actually caught the mistake. He noticed the voter rolls didn't match a map of the district.
"Seven years ago, their complex was an auto dealership and non-residential. When state redistricting was done approximately 10 years ago, the range in the state voter system included this commercial piece of property," said Lou DeCilio, of the Stratford Republican Voter Registrar.
This has happened before. Two years ago, 75 people got the wrong ballot at a polling place. And now, it appears these residents voted in that race too.
"If this has been two years in the making, why hasn't the Registrar of Voters office figured this out?" said Young.
Election officials say they're individually reaching out to affected voters. Anyone who got the wrong ballots will get a new one.
What happens if new ballots don't arrive in time? Unless a judge steps in and extends voting, they are out of luck.
If a voter doesn't return a new ballot, their old one still counts for every race but this one.


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