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Citizen Group to Recount Ballots in Bridgeport Election

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November 29, 2010

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Because of voting irregularities in Bridgeport in the recent election, a citizen's group is recounting the 23,000 ballots cast there for governor. State law requires a mandatory audit of randomly-selected towns after every election. Bridgeport was not selected this time, so because of lingering concerns about the vote there, members of the Citizen Election Audit Coalition have volunteered to do the recount. The League of Women Voters of Connecticut is one of four groups in the Coalition, says League President Cheryl Dunson.

"We don't have any expectations about what the results will be. Our primary focus right now is ensuring a clear, transparent and secure process of a recount."

A lack of ballots in Bridgeport led to photocopies being distributed and then hand-counted.

Starting today, members of the Coalition will be at the Bridgeport City Hall Annex counting all the ballots.

Dunson says Bridgeport officials are fully cooperating with the members of the recount team.

"The volunteers that are participating in the recount, the vast majority of them have served as citizen observers in audits, so they're familiar with the processes that are involved."

She says results will be shared with city and state officials, hopefully by this Friday, Dec. 3.

Melinda Tuhus, Public News Service - CT