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Canty Maintains Lead; No Missing Ballot

Election workers and representatives of candidates made a trip to John F. Kennedy School Monday in search of a suspected missing ballot.

A recount of votes cast in the August 14 Democratic primary for fifth district state representative didn't exactly go as planned. After more than four hours of checking each ballot, candidates left Windsor town hall council chambers with only tentative results and the possibility of a missing ballot.

Because the overall vote count was off by one, it was believed that a ballot may have gone missing; however, election staff and representatives of Leo Canty and Brandon McGee made a trip to John F. Kennedy School — where the district two voting machine has remained in preparation for an August 21 special election — in search of another ballot Monday morning.

According to Windsor Democratic Registrar of Voters Anita Mips, no such ballot was found. 

Having confirmed that no ballot was lost in the shuffle of the machine's vote count, Friday's vote recount results stick, and Canty is currently ahead of Hartford's McGee by just one vote.

The candidates must still endure another recount, which will involve votes cast in Hartford, and will take place 9 a.m., Tues., Aug. 21 in Hartford's council chambers.

Julian McKinley August 21, 2012 at 12:52 AM
That vote was not initially counted in the vote tally on election day. It was counted during the recount because, when analyzed by hand, rather than passed through the machine, it was clear that the voter placed one vote for Murphy and one vote for Canty. While they did not follow the instructions of voting, thus creating a misread by the machine, recount workers were able to interpret the voters intent.
Bill Generous August 21, 2012 at 01:11 AM
If I understand this correctly, the ballot count on the machine did not agree with the actual number of ballots or votes. Would this have happened with the older style of voting machines? How did the two numbers a) machine counter total or summary and b) actual ballots come to differ by one? The state requires audits of certain polling places for various elections. How often does this sort of thing happen when audits are done?
Jan Porri August 21, 2012 at 01:00 PM
"While they did not follow the instructions of voting, thus creating a misread by the machine, recount workers were able to interpret the voters intent." Are you kidding?? How on earth can someone other than the voter know the intent?
Cari August 21, 2012 at 08:19 PM
If the directions are not followed and a ballot is not completed properly then the ballot should not be counted at all.
Catherine & Dennis August 23, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Good point Jan. The voting instructions cannot be more clear. That one should have been disqualified in my opinion.

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