Election officials said they endured lengthy wait times to print out voter lists or simply to verify who is eligible to cast ballots next month in a host of marquee races, including the presidency. Some registrars of voters eventually gave up, choosing to try again during off-peak periods. The Secretary of the State’s Office acknowledged it has a problem on its hands and said it will convene a special meeting Thursday with the state’s technology team. The agency can least afford any mistakes after a ballot shortage in Bridgeport two years ago cast a dark cloud over the gubernatorial election won by Democrat Dannel P. Malloy over Republican Tom Foley by 6,500 votes.
About 100 of 169 total cities and towns in the state participated in the latest drill, with registrars all logging on at the same time and trying to print out rosters of voters for each polling place in their municipality. A similar stress test was performed Sept. 26, with what registrars described as abominable results that cast doubts about whether the system can handle the rigors of the upcoming election.”So the portion of the program that produced poll books slowed to a crawl,” said Fred DeCaro III, Greenwich’s Republican registrar. “It might normally take less than a minute to generate. And we had times upward of 20 minutes for a single polling place.”
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