261 Wallingford absentee ballots might contain wrong state rep candidate

261 Wallingford absentee ballots might contain wrong state rep candidate

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WALLINGFORD — Due to a computer coding error, 261 local absentee ballots that were mailed last week may contain an incorrect candidate for the House of Representatives.

Town Clerk Barbara Thompson said Friday that the error happened when the town registrars of voters were working after the August primary election in the Connecticut Voter Registration System in preparation for the November election.

The Registrars coded the upcoming November election as municipal, not general election. The system didn’t pick up the state House seats, so the ballots may not reflect correct House candidates, she said.

Wallingford has nine voter districts, and residents live in one of four House districts: 85th, 86th, 90th or 103rd.

“I have been in contact with the head of the Secretary of the State's IT department and the lead attorney at the Secretary of the State's office,” Thompson said. “They have determined, and identified, that only 261 individuals ballots of the nearly 7,000 that were sent out last Friday may be affected.”

Last week, her office mailed 6,962 absentee ballots, fulfilling every single application received so far.

She said the Town Clerk's office is working in conjunction with Secretary of the State's office on re-issuing those 261 identified individuals new ballots, adding that she is “confident that the error will be corrected and all votes will be counted.”

She said the new ballots will include information on the error to explain why they received a second absentee ballot.

“We don’t want to disenfranchise the voter or the candidate, ever,” Thompson said, “Better to err on the side of caution.”

LTakores@record-journal.com203-317-2212Twitter: @LCTakores

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