Connecticut to audit May 1 election results at Bethany Town Hall

HARTFORD >> Results of the May 1 polling at Bethany Town Hall will be audited to make sure every vote was counted and the tallies were accurate, Connecticut Deputy Secretary of the State Scott Bates announced in a release.

The Bethany voting precinct was selected at random, the release said.

Five percent of polling places that used optical scan machines in the recent elections are subject to the audit, as prescribed by Connecticut General Statutes 9-320f, some of the strictest in the country, according to the release.

Connecticut was the first New England state to require a comprehensive voting audit, the release said.

Ballots from the Bethany location will be counted by hand and matched against vote totals from the optical scan machines, according to the release. Results will be analyzed by the University of Connecticut, the Secretary of the State’s Office and the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the release said, and findings will then be made available to the public.

Alternate audit locations are Woodbridge Center School 1 and Andover Town Hall, the release said.