Democrats in Connecticut Seek Longer Voting Hours; GOP Candidates Name Reportedly Left Off of Ballots

Erin Kelly casts her vote as son Finn, 3, stands by at Takoma Park Middle School in Takoma Park, Md., on Nov. 4, 2014. (Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)
Erin Kelly casts her vote as son Finn, 3, stands by at Takoma Park Middle School in Takoma Park, Md., on Nov. 4, 2014. (Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)

Democratic Party officials in Connecticut were asking the courts Tuesday to extend voting hours in Hartford because of problems at some polling places that did not have voter registration lists when they opened.

Although the mixup was resolved by midmorning, Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, who is in a tight race for re-election, sought to make sure that all voters who wanted to cast their ballot could do so.

“If you were unable to vote earlier, your polling location is open and you can vote now,” Malloy said on Twitter.

It was the second gubernatorial race in a row in Connecticut that has run into voting glitches, the Hartford Courant notes. In 2010, a state judge agreed to extend the voting hours in Bridgeport after some precincts ran out of ballots.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Tuesday’s miscues might affect one item on the ballot this year – whether Connecticut should join 34 others states in allowing absentee balloting or early voting.

In Texas, Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, tweeted: “Ballot irregularities omit my name from ballot in Bexar County.” He calls on voters to call the secretary of state “if you spot other problems.” San Antonio, a Democratic stronghold, is in Bexar County.

Abbott’s tweet included a photo purporting to show his name missing from the ballot. But a top Bexar County election official, Jacque Callanen, says it appears that the tweeted image had been altered, Mysantonio.com reports.

“I think it’s a photoshopped deal, but we are checking,” Callanen said. In any case, the lone machine, located at a San Antonio elementary school, was taken out of service to be checked.

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SOURCE:  Doug Stanglin 
USA TODAY

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