Senate approves bill to avoid another Election Day fiasco

The state Senate voted unanimously this week to make changes to election laws to prevent another Election Day fiasco, when polling places in Bridgeport and a half dozen other communities ran out of ballots.

The bill requires local registrars to inform the Secretary of the State how many ballots they have ordered and gives the secretary the authority to require they order more.

“That’s what’s missing right now, another pair of eyes to make sure [towns] order enough,” said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill during an interview.

The bill now heads to the House for final approval.

This bill does not include allowing residents to vote by mail, which Merrill has been pushing for to help relieve the long lines at numerous polling places and the threat of polls running of out of ballots. That initiative still awaits action in both the House and Senate.

“I’m hearing pretty broad support for it,” Merrill said, but noted it needs 75 percent approval this year in each chamber since it’s a constitutional amendment.