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More Voting Irregularities

Of course the late military absentee ballot mailings have been in the news.

Today's exposed strategy is default voting for Harry Reid administered by SEIU.

EIU Controls ‘Glitchy’ Voter Machines in Clark County, NV
by Publius

UPDATE: Americans for Limited Government have jumped on this issue and are pushing the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Nevada State Attorney General to get to the bottom of it, and now:

It is positively outrageous that in Clark County, Nevada, the SEIU Local 1107, which supports Harry Reid, controls the ballot boxes by contract through their representation of the voting machine technicians. It is not surprising that Senator Harry Reid’s name was automatically checked off on the ballot when individuals went to vote.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Nevada State Attorney General, and the U.S Marshalls need to act now to ensure that the SEIU does not continue to compromise the integrity of ballots in Nevada, and anywhere else in the country. The democratic process is too precious to be tampered with and abused.



Did you know that the SEIU represents the voting machine technicians in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada? Is it any surprise, as we noted earlier today, that there was a voting glitch in Clark County, Nevada? The glitch caused Harry Reid’s name to be automatically checked on the ballot before voters had indicated who were they were supporting.

According to Joyce Ferrara who was an eyewitness to this strange ballot ordeal, the problem was widespread, “One person that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five minute period of time — that’s wrong.”

It is particularly troubling that Clark County has put the uber left-wing SEIU Local 1107 in charge of their voting machines.

The agreement between the SEIU and Clark County specifically puts all voting machines under the control of the SEIU. See the collective bargaining agreement:

The County hereby recognizes the Union as the sole and exclusive collective bargaining representative of the County employees assigned to the classifications listed in Appendix A who are eligible to be represented by the Union except as limited by Section 2 of this Article. The Union shall be notified of additions to the list
of classifications (Appendix A), within seven (7) days of posting for the position classification and shall receive 30 days advance notice of any deletions. Upon written request by the Union, the parties shall meet and confer regarding deletions within the 30 day notification period referenced herein. Both parties recognize that the Union retains its right to appeal under the provisions of NRS 288.170.

On page 75 of the agreement, in Appendix A, Voting Machine Technician is listed as a classified position that the SEIU represents.
And that is why people don't trust voting electronically.
I don't trust the electronic voting machine here either so I vote via an absentee ballot. Like the paper trail.
Todays tactic revealed is handing out free food and gift cards for votes.

Harry Reid is facing the toughest re-election campaign of his political career against Sharron Angle in Nevada. Which may explain why in Nevada, unions and other supporters of Harry Reid are giving free food and gift cards to voters. The Democrat Secretary of State for Nevada is apparently ‘OK’ with the practice of handing out goodies at early voting rallies. Despite the fact that Nevada law expressly forbids such activity under NRS 293.700 “A person who bribes, offers to bribe, or use and other corrupt means, directly or indirectly, to influence any elector in giving his or her vote or to deter the elector from giving it is guilty of a category D felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130.” But this may only be the tip of the iceberg as other possible vote frauds may be in play to steal the election for Harry Reid.

That Democrat supporters are handing out free food or, as in the case of the Nevada teachers union, giving gift cards in exchange for votes for Harry Reid, another union may also be involved in possible voting fraud.
jwellsy wrote:
Todays tactic revealed is handing out free food and gift cards for votes.

Harry Reid is facing the toughest re-election campaign of his political career against Sharron Angle in Nevada. Which may explain why in Nevada, unions and other supporters of Harry Reid are giving free food and gift cards to voters. The Democrat Secretary of State for Nevada is apparently ‘OK’ with the practice of handing out goodies at early voting rallies. Despite the fact that Nevada law expressly forbids such activity under NRS 293.700 “A person who bribes, offers to bribe, or use and other corrupt means, directly or indirectly, to influence any elector in giving his or her vote or to deter the elector from giving it is guilty of a category D felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130.” But this may only be the tip of the iceberg as other possible vote frauds may be in play to steal the election for Harry Reid.

That Democrat supporters are handing out free food or, as in the case of the Nevada teachers union, giving gift cards in exchange for votes for Harry Reid, another union may also be involved in possible voting fraud.
Wonder whether it would not be just easier for people to offer their votes for sale? Shocked
Then there are fake Tea Party candidates.

Democrat backed fake Tea Party candidate to split vote in NJ-03
posted at 10:55 am on October 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

How desperate have Democrats become to keep their grip on power? Even some of their colleagues have become disgusted enough with their machinations to start speaking out in New Jersey’s 3rd CD, where John Adler faces a strong challenge from Republican Jon Runyan. According to sources within the party, the Courier Post reports that Adler backed a phony “Tea Party” independent candidate to split the conservative vote:

Congressman John Adler’s campaign and the Camden County Democratic Committee recruited “”NJ Tea Party” candidate Peter DeStefano to confuse conservative voters and hurt Adler’s Republican challenger this fall, Democratic operatives say.

“The goal was to take 5 percent of (Republican Jon) Runyan’s vote,” said a Democrat with direct knowledge of the Adler campaign and CCDC operations.

“Steve Ayscue designed the plan with Geoff Mackler following his lead.”

Ayscue is a high-profile Democratic consultant who runs the CCDC. Mackler is Adler’s campaign manager.

Several South Jersey
Democratic operatives with direct knowledge of the Adler campaign and CCDC operations spoke to the Courier-Post on condition of anonymity because of what they described as ethical qualms with Adler’s campaign.

Is this illegal? It depends on state law in New Jersey, but at first blush, it doesn’t appear to break any laws. In most places, though, being able to say “They can’t indict me for this!” is hardly a ringing endorsement of a political campaign (note: this analysis not valid in some areas of Illinois).

Rumors about DeStefano being a plant began this summer because no one in the local Tea Party movement had ever heard of DeStefano before a poll showed that he could make an impact in the race. And no one knew about the poll until one of the campaigns highlighted it for the press. Guess which campaign did that?

As the CP reminds readers, Adler specifically denied the allegation just a few weeks ago. That puts Adler on the hook not just for the dirty trick, but also for lying about it personally. If his campaign operatives knew about it and worked on the plot, it’s impossible to believe that Adler himself didn’t have some significant involvement in the conspiracy, too. And if Adler claims otherwise, it still reflects poorly on his executive judgment in choosing staff and his ability to competently run his office.

Thanks to the CCDC involvement, the state Democratic Party will have a few questions to answer, too, about its ethics and honesty. This could — and should — turn into a debacle for Democrats in New Jersey, and DeStefano should remove his Potemkin candidacy from the ballot forthwith.
jwellsy wrote:
Then there are fake Tea Party candidates.
I can't understand how this can happen? I thought the Media would at least trip them up? What do you think would be the solution to prevent this from happening?
It's preplanned, that's how it happens. Exposing the dishonesty and lack of integrity is the best defense.

More voting machine glitches reported from North Carolina and Texas.
NC Touch-Screen Machine Flips Straight-Party Vote Four Times in a Row from GOP to Dem
County GOP Chair: 'They ain’t worth a damn, we ought to go back to paper ballots'...

Aaand the touch-screen voting machines continue to flip votes during the early voting period. Right on schedule. Just as always. But, for the second time this week we have the unusual occurrence of votes reportedly flipping away from the GOP.

Yesterday our report was of a touch-screen in Dallas, TX, caught on video flipping an attempted vote for Republican Gov. Rick Perry to straight-ticket Green Party selections in Dallas, TX. ( )

Today's report, where the local election official also misled voters by downplaying the incident, comes from the same type of 100% unverifiable ES&S iVotronic touch-screen voting machine, but it took place in Craven County, NC...


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Here's an interesting view on the voter fraud issue.
Concerns grow about election fraud, voter intimidation
David Goldstein | McClatchy Newspapers

last updated: October 29, 2010 07:55:57 AM

WASHINGTON — As if this election season weren't already tense enough, fears about voter fraud — and some of the steps that are being taken to combat it — have created more worries.

With control of Congress in the balance, both political parties are gearing up for a possibly wild and woolly Election Day around the country.

"Legal war rooms," roving teams of lawyers, hot lines and poll challengers are all part of the strategy that Democrats and Republicans will employ Tuesday to handle suspected fraud or to help voters whose right to vote is questioned.

The issue is also on the Justice Department's radar. It will post federal monitors at selected polling places around the country, and prosecutors, civil rights attorneys and the FBI will be tasked with handling election-related complaints that day. A special toll-free number — 1-800-253-3931 — will be available for complaints about ballot access.

A lot is just precautionary and not out of the ordinary. What's different this year is that candidates and others also are getting into the act.

Ed Martin, a Republican congressional hopeful in St. Louis, intends to deploy a "Count Every Vote Unit" to look for possible voter fraud.

Republican Rep. Mark Kirk, who's running for the Senate in Illinois, has a "voter integrity program" in place for Election Day.

Tea party groups plan to use "surveillance squads" at polling places to record possible voting misbehavior. Some tea party groups already have questioned voter registration records.

"This is happening to a degree we haven't seen in years," said Wendy Weiser, a voting rights expert at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. "The concern with ballot security operations is not with their intent. They can be highly confrontational. That can cross the line into intimidation and voter suppression."

Democrats claim that the fears about fraud are overblown and are being stoked by Republicans and conservatives to scare off voters, particularly minorities, many of whom tend to vote Democratic. In the Illinois U.S. Senate race, for instance, Kirk can be heard on a taped conference call saying where his "voter integrity program" would be sent, and it was largely African-American neighborhoods.

Republicans deny that they are raising false alarms about voter fraud and say that their concerns are legitimate.

"We have had some problem in the past with folks voting that should not have happened," said Lloyd Smith, the executive director of the Missouri Republican Party.

Among those was the famous case in 2000 of Ritzy Meckler — a dog — listed on the St. Louis voter registration rolls. Smith likened the party's preparations this year to "a speed limit on a highway. It's not there to write you a ticket, but to make sure everyone plays by the rules."

Some problems have occurred already.

During early voting In Texas, there were reports of poll watchers "hovering" over voters and "getting in their face," according to an account in the Houston Chronicle.

In Minnesota, a group composed of members of a conservative party and the tea party has offered a bounty of up to $500 for anyone who turns in someone who's successfully prosecuted for voter fraud.

"We've had everything from tornadoes and ice storms to other types of problems, such as voting challenges and polling place conduct," said Laura Egerdal, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Secretary of State's Office. "We hope we don't have to deal with any of those, but we're making plans."
Ah yes, don't forget the intentional massive voter registration fraud.
The George Soros backed Secretary of State project targets controlling every state SOS position for the purpose of influencing the progressive marxist agenda.

Soros Eyes Secretaries

By Matthew Vadum on 12.4.09 @ 6:08AM

History's most notorious Georgian-turned-Russian, the politically astute Joseph Stalin once remarked, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

The lesson has not been lost on the increasingly notorious Hungarian-cum-American George Soros.

A group backed by Soros is gearing up to steal the 2012 election for President Obama and congressional Democrats by installing left-wing Democrats as secretaries of state across the nation. From such posts, secretaries of state can help tilt the electoral playing field.

This is, of course, the same Soros, the same hyperpolitical left-wing philanthropist who makes no secret of his intention to destroy capitalism. In an interview with Der Spiegel last year, Soros said European-style socialism "is exactly what we need now. I am against market fundamentalism. I think this propaganda that government involvement is always bad has been very successful -- but also very harmful to our society."

The vehicle for this planned hijacking of democracy is a below-the-radar non-federal "527" group called the Secretary of State Project. The entity can accept unlimited financial contributions and doesn't have to disclose them publicly until well after the election.

It was revealed during a panel discussion at the Democratic Party's convention last year that the Democracy Alliance, a financial clearinghouse created by Soros and Progressive insurance magnate Peter B. Lewis, approved the Secretary of State Project as a grantee. The Democracy Alliance aspires to create a permanent political infrastructure of nonprofits, think tanks, media outlets, leadership schools, and activist groups -- a kind of "vast left-wing conspiracy" to compete with the conservative movement. It has brokered more than $100 million in grants to liberal nonprofits, including ACORN.

The latest fundraising appeal from the SoS Project warns:

In the 2000 and 2004 elections, we saw the results of extreme Republican tactics to intimidate voters and steal the presidential election -- the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush. Today, we watch as Republicans go to even greater extremes -- even carrying guns to town hall meetings. If they are willing to go to such extremes now, how far will they go on November 6, 2012 to steal the election from President Barack Obama? [emphasis added]

At the top of the SoS Project's slate of candidates for state-level secretary of state positions in 2010 is Minnesota's radically left-wing Mark Ritchie, a former community organizer whose cavalier attitude toward electoral fraud and whose shamelessly partisan conduct during the recount process cleared the way for Al Franken to steal last year's U.S. Senate election from then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.). Ritchie was first elected Minnesota secretary of state in 2006. Franken and Obama, by the way, were endorsed last year by ACORN Votes, ACORN's federal political action committee.

In 2006, the Minnesota ACORN PAC endorsed Ritchie, a longtime ACORN ally, and donated to his campaign. According to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, contributors to Ritchie's campaign included liberal philanthropists Soros, Drummond Pike, and Deborah Rappaport, along with veteran community organizer Heather Booth, a Saul Alinsky disciple who co-founded the Midwest Academy, a radical ACORN clone that breeds Marxist agitators. One article on Ritchie's 2006 campaign website brags about the fine work ACORN did in Florida to pass a constitutional amendment to raise that state's minimum wage.

The 2010 slate also includes California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, whom the group describes as "one of the most progressive Secretaries of State in the nation." Bowen was endorsed in her previous run by California ACORN PAC.

SoS Project is also endorsing Jocelyn Benson, candidate for secretary of state in Michigan, whom it lauds as an "[e]lection law scholar and community organizer."

Benson is a candidate ACORN would love. The bio SoS Project provides credits Benson with running a 2004 "voter protection campaign in 21 states, deploying 17,000 trained election law lawyers." Last year in Michigan, she helped to lead the fight to stop the Republican secretary of state "from disenfranchising voters who were victims of home foreclosures."

Assuming the desperately mismanaged Michigan continues to exist through Election Day next year, count on the desperately evil ACORN endorsing Benson.

To the Secretary of State Project, Republican secretaries of state are always Snidely Whiplashes trying to undermine progressive Dudley Do-Rights. SoS claims to advance "election protection" but only backs Democrats, religiously believe that right-leaning secretaries of state helped the GOP steal the presidential elections in Florida in 2000 (Katherine Harris) and in Ohio in 2004 (Ken Blackwell).

Harris in particular is presented as the poster child for GOP election-stealing and vote suppression as the left tries to keep alive its fantasy that George W. Bush stole the 2000 election in Florida with the creative collaboration of Bull Connor, the Ku Klux Klan, Diebold, Blackwater, and the CIA.

The secretary of state candidates the group endorses all sing the same familiar song about electoral integrity issues that we routinely hear from ACORN: Voter fraud is largely a myth, vote suppression is used widely by Republicans, cleansing the dead and fictional characters from voter rolls should be avoided until embarrassing media reports emerge, and anyone who demands that a voter produce photo identification before pulling the lever is a racist, democracy-hating fascist.

The group was co-founded in July 2006 by James Rucker, formerly director of grassroots mobilization for Political Action and Civic Action. Rucker is also a co-founder of Color of Change, a race-baiting left-wing hate group.

Its website claims, "A modest political investment in electing clean candidates to critical Secretary of State offices is an efficient way to protect the election." Indeed. Political observers know that a relatively small amount of money can help swing a little-watched race for a state office few people understand or care about.

The strategic targeting of the SoS Project yielded astounding results in 2008 and 2006.

In 2008, SoS Project-backed Democrats Linda McCulloch (Montana), Natalie Tennant (West Virginia), Robin Carnahan (Missouri), and Kate Brown (Oregon) won their races. Only Carnahan was an incumbent. The Center for Public Integrity reported that the group performed this electoral feat in the 2008 election cycle with a mere $280,000.

In 2006, along with Minnesota's Ritchie, SoS Project-endorsed Jennifer Brunner (Ohio), who defied federal law last year by refusing to take steps to verify 200,000 questionable voter registrations, trounced her opponent, 55% to 41%. Democrats supported by the group also won that year in New Mexico, Nevada, and Iowa. The group claims it spent about $500,000 in that election cycle.

Talk about return on investment! Stalin would be impressed.
Pennsylvania has sequestered at least 8000 absentee ballots for suspected fraud. Some reports say 20,000 ballots are in question.

POLITICO: Pa. rematch could end in court (Fraudulent Absentee Ballots In Philly Burb!)

Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 1:48:47 PM by tcrlaf

MORRISVILLE, Pa.-Allegations of absentee ballot fraud are marring the final days of a competitive congressional rematch here, raising the possibility that the outcome in this suburban Philadelphia seat might be decided in a courtroom after Election Day.

The accusations coming from both Democrats and Republicans in Pennsylvania's 8th District have come to define the closing days of the contest between Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy and former congressman he defeated in 2006, Republican Mike Fizpatrick. Both camps say the other is guilty of wrongdoing tantamount to stealing an election.

For the moment, 8,000 absentee ballots have been sequestered in a Bucks County courthouse, and Republicans are challenging the validity of at least a few hundred specific votes. The county elections board is examining the ballots, but unless either candidate wins by a margin of more than 8,000 votes, the conflict could very well end up in a state courtroom.

The sniping between candidates has already begun. Fitzpatrick accuses Murphy's campaign and the Democratic Party of improperly collecting-and possibly altering-absentee ballot applications before submitting them to be counted. Murphy accuses Fitzpatrick's allies on the GOP-controlled county elections board of systematically targeting Democratic absentee votes to be thrown out.

"These aren't allegations, these are facts," Fitzpatrick said before rallying party activists in Bristol Sunday afternoon. "Congressman Murphy needs to explain why his campaign was involved in a fraudulent election scheme to funnel absentee ballots through a private post office box."

Thirty minutes later and 10 miles away at the home of a woman whose absentee vote has been challenged, Murphy countered: "My opponent's strategy of hoping people have amnesia has failed miserably, which is why he's pulled this stunt to steal hundreds, if not thousands, of votes. I don't know how he can look himself in the mirror."

Two issues are at the heart of the dispute. The first is a mailer that the state Democratic Party, in coordination with the Murphy campaign, sent voters in an effort to increase absentee voting. The mailer, while not illegal, was clearly misleading, purporting to be from a state office that doesn't exist and warning recipients that their "participation in the upcoming election may be placed in jeopardy" if they didn't return the enclosed absentee ballot application. Republicans says Democrats could havetampered with those absentee applications.

The second issue is a collection of absentee ballots that have been challenged by Republicans, most of which came from Democrats. The county elections board is allowing people whose absentee ballots were challenged to vote in person-but Democrats are worried that most people don't know their votes are being cast aside, and that time is short to make up for any lost votes in the close race.
Well looks at least as though they are paying attention. There must be something good in the system that people are watching out for fraud.
Harra's tracks employee voting as a favor to Harry Reid.
Did Harrah’s pressure employees into voting for Harry Reid?
posted at 1:20 pm on November 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
regular view

Elizabeth Crum at NRO’s Battle ’10 has internal e-mails from Harrah’s, a major casino chain in Nevada, showing that management has been pressuring its employees to vote for Harry Reid in the Senate race. The e-mails show that supervisors had to account for their staff turnout in early voting, demanding updates and explanations for non-performance. A staffer on the Reid campaign offered to coordinate with the culinary union to provide buses to push employees to the polls:

Executives at the casino giant Harrah’s pushed company employees to vote early in an all-out effort to help the Harry Reid campaign, according to internal emails obtained by Battle ‘10.

The stepped-up effort began Wednesday when a Reid staffer sent an email pleading for help to Harrah’s top lobbyist, Jan Jones. Soon after, Marybel Batjer, Harrah’s vice president of public policy and communications, distributed that plea via email to executives throughout the company.

Nevada is certainly a place that knows about calling in markers. Harrah’s responded with dictates on voting performance:

On Friday, Western Regional President Tom Jenkin sent out a follow-up email showing a total vote count for Harrah’s properties along with the percentages of employees who had voted at each property. Attached to the email was a spreadsheet showing employee names and at which property they worked. Supervisors were asked to fill in codes explaining why their employees had not yet voted.

The Harrah’s employee who forwarded the emails asked not to be identified due to fear of reprisal. The employee said the pressure from upper management was “disturbing.”

“We were asked to talk to people individually to find out why they had not yet voted and to fill in these spreadsheets explaining why,” the employee said. “I did not feel comfortable doing that.”

Honestly, this sounds a lot like the United Way campaigns at my places of employment in the 1980s and 1990s. Only after employees began to rebel did my employer stop tasking managers with pressuring their staffs to commit to contributions. The hardball tactics left a bad taste in the mouths of many — and that had nothing to do with the very-private right of voting.

I’m not sure whether this level of coordination is illegal either, but it certainly looks suspicious:

The staffer told Jones the Reid campaign had “connected with Culinary” and that the problem was with mid-level supervisors. “They simply are not cooperating with and listening to upper management,” wrote the staffer.

The Reid staffer then indicated that the culinary union had money available for more busses to take Harrah’s employees to the polls. The Reid staffer suggests that Harrah’s execs “put a headlock on your supervisors to get them to follow through.”

Aren’t unions supposed to be “outside groups” in terms of political involvement? Outside groups are not allowed to coordinate with campaigns, at least for advertising, and one would presume for GOTV, either.

At any rate, the expressed urgency of their lobbyist protect Harry Reid to the point of strongarming employees should tell Nevadans all they need to know about why Harry Reid needs to be defeated at the polls today.

Update: Brian Faughnan at Liberty Central notes that Jones used to work in “senior positions” with the DNC in Nevada.
Here's one of the most disturbing things I have ever heard of.
^To be fair, as long as your vote is anonymous, you can never be forced to vote for anybody, as long as you're willing to lie about who you voted for.
ocalhoun wrote:
^To be fair, as long as your vote is anonymous, you can never be forced to vote for anybody, as long as you're willing to lie about who you voted for.
You could probably be coerced though? Or manipulated? Such as collecting people from old age homes or retirement villages for a nice outing to go vote for the "right person"? Smile
deanhills wrote:
ocalhoun wrote:
^To be fair, as long as your vote is anonymous, you can never be forced to vote for anybody, as long as you're willing to lie about who you voted for.
You could probably be coerced though? Or manipulated? Such as collecting people from old age homes or retirement villages for a nice outing to go vote for the "right person"? Smile

Sure you can be coerced and manipulated... but if your vote is anonymous, you have the perfect defense:

-You're offered money for your vote: Agree, cast your vote for the other guy instead, lie, collect your cash.
-You're threatened with consequences if you don't vote correctly: tell them you voted 'correctly', despite how you may have voted.

Generally, when they do stunts like rounding up voters (as in an old folks home or in the ghetto), they have no way to make sure that those people vote the way they want... But they know their statistics and demographics. The old people will likely vote conservative, the people from the ghetto will likely vote liberal. That way, they just scoop up whatever demographic they can that meets two requirements: 1- Not likely to vote otherwise. 2- Likely to vote for the 'right' guy if they do vote.
More subtle than just busing voters in are the 'voter registration drives'... You'll notice these are often targeted on certain groups; this is because those groups are likely to vote for the people that the 'charity' supports.
And now mysterious bags of ballots surface.
Bag of Uncounted Ballots Found in Bridgeport
BY Bob Connors

In what has become one of the stranger twists in an already bizarre Governor's race, a bag of uncounted ballots was found in Bridgeport Thursday night.

Republican officials were approached by Democratic operatives and told about the surprise ballot bag, according to Bridgeport GOP Chairman Marc Delmonico.

“It adds to the inconsistencies from the Democratic Party in Bridgeport. It just keeps adding to it,” said Delmonico. “There’s nothing odd about it; there’s certainly nothing missing about it,” said Ed Maley, a representative for the Democratic Party.

Delmonico said Democrats asked to have several people deputized to count the uncounted ballots, but Republicans objected, claiming that wasn't proper procedure in the vote-counting process.

“These ballots are getting extraordinarily heightened scrutiny. They’re being dealt with in a public fashion, an open public process so that everyone can witness it,” said Mark Anastasi, the city attorney for Bridgeport.

Instead the GOP asked police to take custody of the bag of ballots until the matter could be sorted out.

The votes could be pivotal in the race for Governor, in which neither candidate has conceded defeat.

Wednesday, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz declared Democrat Dan Malloy the "unofficial" winner, but numbers released by her office show Republican Tom Foley still leading Malloy by more than 8,000 votes. Those totals do not include any of the vote totals from the City of Bridgeport.

Bridgeport has become the focal point of what has turned into a circus of an election.

A ballot shortage led to long lines on Election Day, and a judge issuing an order to keep polls open until 10 p.m. Tuesday, two hours longer than every other town in the state.

Because of the shortage, many of the votes cast Tuesday were done so on photocopied ballots.

Election officials began counting those ballots just after 5 p.m. Thursday when the new bag of uncounted ballots was discovered.

Bysiewicz said she didn't expect the vote totals from Bridgeport to be submitted to her until Friday at the earliest.
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