Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford Superior Court judge has ruled that two city polling locations are allowed to remain open past standard polling hours due to complications early this morning.
The L.W. Batchelder Elementary School and the United Methodist Church polling locations have been permitted to remain open to voters until 8:30 p.m. No other Hartford polling locations will be allowed to stay open late.
The problem was that voter lists were not delivered to polling places as they were required. Some polling places reported that they didn’t start processing ballots until 7:10 a.m. A challenge was made by the Democratic party earlier Tuesday, considering that Hartford was a stronghold for Dannel Malloy in 2010.
The other thing the judge told the city of Hartford to do is to take the ballots of anyone who comes in after 8:00 p.m. and set those ballots aside. Setting them aside will make it easier to separate them from the general vote should a legal challenge be made.
The question that everyone is trying to figure out is how this happened in the first place.
“Hartford clearly did not deliver the lists by 8:00 last night. We have heard that there was a problem with a printer, with either the printing software of hardware, we’re not sure. There apparently was not a backup plan,” said Bill Bloss, attorney for the Malloy campaign.
All other Hartford city polling locations will close at the regular time of 8:00 p.m.