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Committee meets to hear testimony on voting mishaps

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The second day of a hearing regarding what went wrong on Election Day in Hartford was held on Tuesday.

City councilors have learned that a number of mistakes were made that caused the polls to not be ready.

Voters were turned away at a few polling places because voter lists had not been delivered, and Hartford's three registrars of voters had been asked to testify.

Olga Vazquez, the democratic registrar of voters, who some said is to blame for problems, answered questions on Tuesday during the hearing.

"The attempts - the initial plan - was to cross off the books, to cross off the ballots. But because of our busy schedules, it didn't allow us to have the books completed,” Vazquez said.

The city's mayor has already called for Vazquez's resignation, and said she failed to do her job.

Mayor Pedro Segarra created a special committee to investigate what went wrong.

Those involved are blaming each other for the mishaps. The working party registrar said she knew the night before Election Day that the voter books were not ready, but still went home and didn't alert anyone. She told the committee it wasn't her job.

"It was Olga's (responsibility). She had been doing it the longest - she had always prepared the list. Olga had that responsibility and never gave it up,” said Urania Petit, working families registrar of voters.

“This is a normal practice, in our office, during a presidential election, or a governor election, to split the books," Vasquez said.

The city council has the power to remove someone but they have to do it with a super majority, meaning seven of the nine members voting in favor.

The committee is expected to complete its report in the next two weeks.

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