Secretary of the State to unveil proposed election changes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is officially offering up her ideas for modernizing and professionalizing Connecticut’s election system.

The Democrat has been reaching out to legislative leaders from both parties in recent months to discuss how to build more accountability into the system. The Nov. 4 election was marked by long wait times and polling places opening late.

Connecticut has a bifurcated system in which locally elected registrars of voters run the elections and Merrill’s office interprets state election laws.

Merrill scheduled a news conference on Wednesday to discuss her legislative proposals to change what she called an “overly political” system.

Melissa Russell, president of the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut, has said she’s worried polling problems in Hartford have tainted people’s opinions of all registrars.

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