Hartford’s Registrars of Voters could be removed

- FILE - Governor Dannel Malloy (right) voting at the polls after a long delay in Hartford, November 4, 2014.

Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) – A new report on problems during last years election in Hartford could lead to the dismissal of the city’s Registrars of Voters. The report by Attorney Ross Garber, who was hired by the city council, to look into the election day problems, has been handed over to the city council for action.

Garber’s report – “resolution adopting article of removal” – states “The Committee of Inquiry determined that many of the Election Day problems are attributable to errors or omissions by the Hartford Registrars. a dysfunctional working relationship among the election officials, a lack of of leadership and accountability, and the absence of a clear, legally prescribed chain of command.” It goes on to say the Registrars actions could be neglect or dereliction of duty, which could warrant their removal. Among the problems found are the lack of proper training of poll workers, proper staffing at polling locations, and failure to open some polling locations at the proper time.

The city council still has to act upon the report and if the council votes to accept it then hearings would be scheduled to decide whether to remove any or all of the Registrars.

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