Ballot mixup causes confusion in Greenwich’s District 1A

UPDATED TUESDAY 4:30 P.M. — A ballot mixup in District One Tuesday morning has the minor potential to throw a monkey wrench into the  race for the 150th district in the General Assembly.

According to Greenwich Democratic Town Committee Chairman Frank Farricker, during a short period Tuesday morning from when the polls opened in Connecticut at 6 a.m. to shortly after 7 a.m. ballots for District 1 were handed out to voters from District 1A. Both Districts are voting at Julian Curtiss School and it is believed that a dozen ballots were mistakenly handed out in a mistake that has the slim chance of impacting the state representative race between Republican Michael Bocchino and Democrat Jill Oberlander.

Both of them are running for the 150th District seat in the legislature, a theoretically competitive district that has close to one third Republican registered voters, one third Democrats and one third independents. Because of this Democrats have called this race their best chance in decades to break the more than 100-year streak of Greenwich only sending Republican respresentatives to Hartford and both Mr. Bocchino and Ms. Oberlander have run very aggressive campaigns.

The incorrect ballots were supposedly only handed out during that one-hour time frame before a voter noticed the error and spoke to the poll workers there. The district moderator at the school then took action and reported the issue.

On Tuesday afternoon town Registrars of Voters Fred DeCaro III and Sharon Vecchiola released a statement they had also formally sent to Mr. Bocchino and Ms. Oberlander. They confirmed that the discovery was made by the moderator of District 1A and that “no more than 12 voters” received the wrong ballot.

“As soon as the error was discovered, the appropriate ballots were put into circulation,” the statement said.

These ballots that were handed out to voters in District 1A were supposed to be for District 1 meaning that voters in the 151st district were voting on 150th district ballots. On the 151st district ballots incumbent State Rep. Fred Camillo is not facing an opponent so his victory is not in doubt but this could be a complicating factor in the 150th District. The registrars said that there was no way to segregate those incorrect ballots from the correct ones.

However, it would take one of the slimmest margins of victory in Greenwich history for this to become an issue.  According to Mr. Farricker, he contacted the office of Secretary of the State and was told that the moderator had addresed it and the issue was now on file with the office. If the margin of victory for the election winner is within the very narrow 12 votes that may have been improperly cast it would trigger a special election for the 150th District but only if it is within that margin of difference.

Greenwich Republican Town Committee Chairman Jim Campbell confirmed this interpretation and said he had heard directly from the Registrar of Voters Office that the margin was only 11 votes. This interpretation was also confirmed by the registrars who said the data shows it was a maximum of 12 incorrect ballots.

Emails to the Secretary of the State’s Office were not immediately returned.

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