As the November election entered the early afternoon, poll workers in the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut began to notice something strange. With many hours of voting left, there was an unusually small amount of ballots remaining. Those concerns quickly turned to nightmares as precincts all across the city ran out of ballots. Confusion and tempers grew as fast as the lines voters were forced to stand in. People began to turn away without voting, their civic duty inaccessible.
Registrars were told by the Secretary of State to photo copy ballots at the city print shop. They began delivering the needy precincts packets of 100 ballots at a time. People who waited were given the opportunity to vote on a photocopied ballot. The State’s Democratic Party sued the City for not providing enough ballots and asked for immediate action. Superior Court Judge Marshall K. Berger, Jr. made the ruling that the polls at 12 precincts would remain open until 10PM, two hours beyond the normal closing. During this extra time about 500 votes were cast. [Read more…] about The Nightmares from Bridgeport