Posted: November 3, 2010
Connecticut Recount Procedures
The Connecticut gubernatorial race between Thomas C. Foley and Dan P. Malloy has been called for Malloy, but the race still carries the potential to trigger litigation or a recount, or both (especially as Foley, the Republican, has told the New York Times that he has not ruled out any option). Problems in the state’s largest city, Bridgeport, caused the polls to be kept open for an additional two hours last evening, with a resulting delay in counting the votes. Additionally, some of the ballots may be challenged because polling places were forced to photocopy ballots when they ran out of ballots.
A recount is triggered in Connecticut when the margin is less than one-half of one percent of the total votes but not more than 2000 votes, or is less than 20 votes, unless the defeated candidate submits a written waiver. CGSA §9-311a. Such a “close vote” recount shall take place “forthwith” after the election or the tabulation by the Secretary of State, and according to the Secretary of State’s election calendar, the last day for such recounts is November 9.