“In short, multiple, serious errors plagued the administration of the 2014 General Election in Hartford. These errors appear to have resulted in the disenfranchisement of Hartford voters and, even several months later, a lack of an accurate vote count.”
The “numerous failures” by Hartford’s Registrars of Voters office, documented in a January 16 report, include “a failure to file final registry books with the town and city clerk by Oct. 29; a failure to prepare and deliver final registry books to moderators by 8 p.m. the night before the election, as required by state law;” and the fact that “no Hartford election official can explain what happened to approximately 70 absentee ballots reported as having been received.”
Hartford city council members said today they will seek to remove the city’s three registrars and may recommend additional reforms. Connecticut’s State Elections Enforcement Commission has launched a separate investigation.