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Fasano: Absentee Ballots Could Open Legal Challenges To Connecticut Primary

Matt Rourke

Connecticut Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano questions the way the state handled absentee ballots for Tuesday’s primary election. He said the losers probably have grounds to file lawsuits.

Local election officials in a number of Connecticut towns are still counting absentee ballots days after the state’s primary. Fasano called this an “unmitigated disaster.” He said some losing candidates are likely to sue.

“I gotta believe anybody who loses an election and really wants it badly and their loss is predicated upon absentee votes," Fasano said. "In other words, with the machine vote, they are up one or up two. And you add the absentee and you lose. I guarantee there will be a lawsuit on that.”

Democratic Governor Ned Lamont said he wants absentee ballots counted on Election Day in November.

“I gotta get those absentee ballot applications out earlier, I gotta get the ballots out to people earlier and give them more time to get it in, so there’s no delay and we can count all the ballots on election night," Lamont said. "I don’t want any excuse for not being able to count the ballots on election night in November.”

Fasano said that would be an impossible task with the current manual verification system for absentee ballots. And the state has not considered an automated system for the November election.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.
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