Connecticut panel approves $6.7 M for election upgrades

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HARTFORD — More than $6.7 million is being earmarked for improvements to voting equipment across Connecticut.

The State Bond Commission on Tuesday approved funding for the upgrades, which include new voting systems in every polling place for people with disabilities, software upgrades and high-speed scanners to automate the post-election audit process.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said the state has worked over the last few years to modernize voting and election administration. She said these latest upgrades will likely result in shorter lines at the polls on Election Day, more accurate voter rolls, faster reporting of election results and a cost savings for cities and towns.

The new technology will allow poll workers to look up voters electronically, rather than using the paper-based system, in time for the 2016 state elections.