U.S. Postal Officials Looking At Enfield Absentee Ballot Problem

More than 200 absentee ballots mailed by Enfield residents for the August primaries were delivered well past the Aug. 11 election date.

ENFIELD, CT — An investigation into the belated delivery of more than 200 absentee ballots in the Enfield primary elections in August has been referred to the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service, with the blame being placed directly on the Enfield post office.

Republican Registrar of Voters Tom Kienzler said 237 absentee ballots were received after the Aug. 11 primaries had concluded. Sixty-five of the late returns were delivered to the town clerk’s office on Aug. 25, while another 49 arrived two days later. All of them were postmarked the day they were delivered, and the postmarks were from the Enfield post office rather than the usual Hartford, Kienzler said.

CT News Junkie reported the referral to the Inspector General was made by Michael Brandi, executive director of the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Investigating attorney Kevin Ahern said no Enfield election officials were suspected of wrongdoing.

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