Cost figured in Bridgeport, Conn., ballot shortage

Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz explains that the polls in Bridgeport, Conn., will remain open for two additional hours because of an insufficient number of ballots Tuesday night, Nov. 2, 2010, in Hartford, Conn. The city of Bridgeport printed 21,000 ballots for approximately 68,000 possible voters. Bysiewicz's spokesman Av Harris stands at left. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz explains that the polls in Bridgeport, Conn., will remain open for two additional hours because of an insufficient number of ballots Tuesday night, Nov. 2, 2010, in Hartford, Conn. The city of Bridgeport printed 21,000 ballots for approximately 68,000 possible voters. Bysiewicz's spokesman Av Harris stands at left. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) (Stephan Savoia - AP)

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 3:06 PM

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Democratic registrar of voters in Connecticut's largest city says her office didn't order enough ballots for Tuesday's election in part because of the cost.

Sandi Ayala told The Associated Press on Wednesday that past assumptions of a 65 percent voter turnout in Bridgeport had led to many unused ballots and, "They cost a lot of money."

Ayala could not say how many ballots were ordered. Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BY'-suh-wits) says 21,000 ballots were ordered for the city's 69,000 registered voters.

Many polling places ran out, and a judge ordered 12 of them to stay open two hours late after more ballots were brought in.

Bysiewicz says about 500 people took advantage of the extra time.

(This version corrects spelling of Sandi.)


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