BRISTOL - A precinct in city of Bristol and town of Berlin are having the results from their Nov. 7 municipal elections audited after being randomly chosen by the Connecticut Secretary of State.
Chippens Hill Middle School, 551 Peacedale St. Bristol, and District 2 American Legion, 154 Porters Pass, were randomly chosen along with 32 other voting precincts, equal to five percent of the 677 precincts using an optical scanner to read marked paper ballots and tally the results.
District 1 Willard School, 1088 Norton Rd., Berlin and Plantsville School, 79 Church St., Southington were also chosen alongside 13 other precincts as alternates.
The audit of five percent of the polling places in the election using optical scan voting machines is required by Connecticut General Statutes 9-320f. Precincts that already part of a recount are exempt from audit by statute.
“This is really important because the public needs to know and be sure that our elections are transparent and fair,” said Secretary of State Denise Merill at the drawing of the precincts held at Wethersfield High School on Tuesday.
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