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Election monitor announced in Hartford following last fall's voting trouble

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Voters cast ballots at the Hartford Seminary, where election officials were writing down names. (WFSB file photo) Voters cast ballots at the Hartford Seminary, where election officials were writing down names. (WFSB file photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Hartford has a new election monitor in the wake of last fall’s polling issues.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced on Friday that Christine Horrigan, attorney and Connecticut League of Women Voters leader, will serve in the new position.

The position was created by the General Assembly last month.

Merrill said Horrigan’s role will be to ensure that the election is properly managed in compliance with the law.

"We are fortunate to have such a qualified individual such as Christine Horrigan willing to take on the major responsibility of serving as election monitor for Hartford,” Merrill said.  "My office, attorney Horrigan, the Hartford town clerk and registrars will work together to make sure voting in our capital city proceeds smoothly.  By working together closely we can identify problems early, avoid an Election Day crisis and ensure that every eligible citizen has an opportunity to vote."

Horrigan said she has been an attorney in the state for more than 25 years.

"I am excited to have this opportunity to work closely with the office of the secretary of the state, the registrars and City Hall to ensure that elections in Hartford are well managed and that all voters have the chance to cast their ballots in a fair, timely and efficient manner,” she said.

A judge ordered polling locations in Hartford to stay open later than 8 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2014. Places turned away voters in the morning after some failed to open on time while others weren’t ready.

The issue angered a lot of voters.

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