Connecticut officials promise accurate vote count amid record turnout
October 29 2008
The Connecticut Secretary of State's office is predicting record turnout and promising that the election will run smoothly and fairly in the state. Turnout among the state's 2 million registered voters could top 90 percent, and a spokesman for the secretary of state said that the number of voters who registered in October is "simply amazing." The expected high turnout is contributing to fears of possible voter fraud or other problems..
Officials confident in new technology and procedures
The state will be using optical-scan paper ballots for the first time in a presidential election. Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz said the ballots would make it easy for voters to confirm their choices and for poll workers to count votes manually if scanning machines break down. Reassuring voters is a priority for state officials amid nationwide allegations of voter fraud and voter suppression. In mid-October the Obama campaign contacted the US Attorney General and Connecticut's federal prosecutor and raised concerns about voter suppression in the state.