Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said this afternoon that New Haven sent in proof of its ballot purchases on October 23 and produced a 40-page report from that city with its recent turnout and the number of ballots it has ordered for each polling precinct for next week. The information flies in the face of Linda McMahon’s Republican Senate campaign report that it filed for an emergency order “requiring the New Haven city clerk and its registrars of voters to certify that it has ordered enough ballots for each precinct for the coming election; if they cannot certify there are enough ballots the campaign has asked that the court institute security and counting measures in the event that unscannable, photocopied ballots are used; and purge the voter file of individuals that are not eligible to vote in the city.”
New Haven, a heavily Democratic city, is likely to have huge support for US Rep. Chris Murphy in the U.S. Senate race, which culminates next Tuesday, Election Day. Corry Bliss, McMahon’s campaign manager, said McMahon doesn’t want a Bridgeport-2010 issue, in which insufficient ballots were ordered. State law was subsequently rewritten by the General Assembly requiring towns and cities to have enough ballots and to report such orders in a timely manner to the secretary of the state.
Down below is one of the 40 pages. Note the 2,800-ballot order toward the top of the page.