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Election Officials Scramble To Correct Absentee Ballot Mistake In Stratford

Absentee Ballots
John Froschauer
Absentee Ballots

Election officials in Stratford, Connecticut, say they rushed to contact voters and get them new absentee ballots on Wednesday. That’s the same day officials discovered 45 people were sent ballots for the wrong state representative district.

Rick Marcone is the Democratic Registrar in Stratford.

“The problem that was reported has been corrected and those people at the location in question were delivered correct ballots last night and they’re starting to return them already today,” Marcone said.

Most affected voters live at the same apartment complex, which was built three years after the state redistricted. That meant local registrars accidentally placed the apartments in the 120th district instead of the 121st.

A spokesman for the Secretary of the State’s office said even if affected voters did not correct their ballots, their votes would still be counted for other races. That includes the presidential election.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.