Monitor named to oversee Hartford elections

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HARTFORD — The city of Hartford will soon have an election monitor.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has appointed Litchfield attorney and longtime Connecticut League of Women Voters leader Christine Horrigan to the position, created last month by the General Assembly.

Horrigan is tasked with making sure the election is managed properly in the capital city, in compliance with the law. State law requires the election monitor to remain in place until Jan. 1, 2017.

The monitor was created after problems at the polls last year. Some location sites in Hartford were not ready to open in time.

Hartford Rep. Matthew Ritter originally proposed the idea. He said he’ll never forget receiving emails and calls from neighbors unable to vote “because of errors that could have easily been prevented.”

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