Secretary of the State Denise Merrill tapped a long-time leader of the Connecticut League of Women Voters from Litchfield to serve as a state election monitor for the city of Hartford. Merrill picked Christine Horrigan to fill the new position that the legislature created this year in response to the Election Day irregularities that occurred in Hartford in 2014. Horrigan’s role will be to ensure that the election is properly managed in compliance with the law. “I am excited to have this opportunity to work closely with the Office of the Secretary of the State, the registrars and City Hall to ensure that elections in Hartford are well managed and that all voters have the chance to cast their ballots in a fair, timely and efficient manner,” Horrigan said.
Last November, a state judge ordered two Hartford polling places to stay open a half-hour later after the Gov. Dannel P. Malloy campaign went to court because voter registration lists were not ready as required by law.
Several polling stations in the capital city failed to open at the legally mandated time of 6 a.m. because of the distribution problems.
“We are fortunate to have such a qualified individual such as Christine Horrigan willing to take on the major responsibility of serving as election monitor for Hartford,” Merrill said.