All night and all through the early morning hours, both candidates for governor waited for the final tallies to see who will lead the state for at least the next four years. As of five this morning, Republican Tom Foley was leading Dan Malloy but the bulk of the uncounted votes were from Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and Stamford—all cities were Malloy is expected to do well.
The unfathomable situation in Bridgeport only complicates things and in fact, could mean we won’t know the results even by the end of the day. Election officials in Bridgeport ordered only about 21,000 ballots printed even though there are almost 70,000 registered voters in the city. When the polling places ran out of ballots, officials went to court to keep the polls open until 10 p.m. instead of 8 p.m.—an unprecedented move. Now, at the very least, any vote cast after 8 p.m. is subject to a legal challenge.
Secretary of State-elect Denise Merrill said in a television interview last night that the situation in Bridgeport was due to budget constraints. Huh? What’s more important than having enough ballots for an election? You need to cut back in the budget and you skimp on the election ballots? Unbelievable.