The House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a bill that would establish standards to ensure that local voting officials buy enough paper ballots, a response to last November’s Election Day problems in municipalities like Bridgeport, where a ballot shortage helped delay the declaration of a new governor.
The 117-26 vote — with only Republicans voting against it after expressing concerns about interference with local voting officials — came 12 days after the Senate’s 34-0 approval of the bill. It now goes to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who intends to sign it.
“The governor believes that a person’s right and ability to vote in an election is of the utmost importance, and … he will sign this bill,” governor’s office spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan said.
The bill says local voter registrars must satisfy the secretary of the state, Connecticut’s top voting official, that they have ordered enough ballots for each polling place. Unless registrars clear their plans with the secretary of the state, they would have to order one ballot for each registered voter.