The Connecticut Post wants a recounting of Election Day ballots. City Attorney Mark Anastasi says that will occur “if appropriate.” I can’t wait to hear Mark’s legal version of “if appropriate.”
From Post staffer Tim Loh:
BRIDGEPORT — The Connecticut Post announced Friday its intention to conduct a full and open recount of all of the Bridgeport ballots cast for governor in the Nov. 2 election.
The recount would serve as the first audit of the city’s disputed voting totals, which were submitted to the secretary of the state’s office on Nov. 5.
The city’s handling of Election Day has attracted widespread criticism in the past two weeks, most recently when city attorneys on Monday refused to allow the secretary of the state’s office to recount the ballots itself.
“We think the people of Bridgeport — and Connecticut — deserve a clear accounting of the city’s vote for governor on Nov. 2,” said Tom Baden, Connecticut Post editor. “We’ve asked the voter registrars and the city attorney’s office, under the provisions of the state’s Freedom of Information law, to make all ballots available to us for an impartial and open recount.”
City Attorney Mark Anastasi responded Friday that his preliminary review of election law indicates the ballots should be sealed until Monday, Nov. 22. He said he planned to confer with Bridgeport Democratic Registrar Santa Ayala and Republican Registrar Joseph Borges on Monday, and expected to work out a process to make the ballots available to the newspaper “if appropriate.”