Ex-first man has lawyer probe Middlebury voting (CT)
Republican American. November 12, 2009. BY MATTHEW O'ROURKE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
MIDDLEBURY — Former First Selectman Edward B. St. John has hired an attorney to investigate ballot irregularities in the Nov. 3 election.
Dennis M. Buckley, a Waterbury-based attorney, is reviewing documents filed by poll workers and election officials for St. John.
St. John, who ran as a write-in candidate, raised concerns immediately following the election after he learned one of the voting machines had broken down Tuesday evening, forcing poll workers to switch to a separate machine to count the remaining ballots. Some of the ballots had been photocopied because election officials believed they had run out of the official ballots. It was later revealed that officials had more than 1,000 unused ballots locked in the registrar of voters' office.
"He wants to know what they should have done and what they did do," Buckley said Wednesday. "Obviously, the only thing Mr. St. John has been able to do up until this point is listen to hearsay."
Buckley said he plans to contact the Secretary of the State's Office about the photocopied ballots, which were single-sided and did not have instructions on how to fill in the ballots for write-in candidates, something St. John has said could have hurt his candidacy.