The mayor of Bridgeport should soon release the voting results from Bridgeport.
As of Thurday night, the secretary of the state had yet to release the official vote totals in the governor's race, in which both Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley have claimed victory. When that will happen remains a mystery.
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz blames elections officials in Bridgeport for the delay.
“I am doing my job and I am just waiting for the registrars to do their job in Bridgeport,’ she told reporters on Thursday. "I cannot compel Bridgeport to prepare their return and get it to us."
Several polling places in the state's largest city ran out of ballots on Tuesday after elections officials ordered almost 50,000 ballots fewer than needed for every registered voter.
Some voters left without voting, frustrated by long lines. Other people voted on photocopied versions of the ballot.
As of Thursday afternoon, ballots were still being counted in Bridgeport.
Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election showed Malloy beating Foley by 3,103 votes out of more than 1.1 million cast, above the threshold of 2,000 or fewer votes that would have triggered an automatic recount. That number didn't include absentee ballots, but Bysiewicz didn't expect those ballots to change the outcome of the race.
Foley had asked Bysiewicz on Thursday to not release any more vote totals until tally discrepancies are sorted out.
"In the last 24 hours alone, Bridgeport has revised downward the number of votes cast for Dan Malloy by over 3,500," Foley campaign spokesman Justin Clark said in a statement. "Other cities and towns are likely to revise their results in the days ahead."
But Bysiewicz spokesman Av Harris said she would be announcing the official results anyway, because that's what the secretary of the state does after every election once vote counts from all cities and towns are in.
"This is normal. This is what happens after every election," Harris said.
During a news conference on Thursday, a reporter asked Bysiewicz if they should disregard the numbers she gave on Wednesday, when she declared Malloy the projected winner.
“I am reminding you that I gave you unofficial numbers," she said.
So, the wait goes on. Instead of a news conference releasing the numbers, Bysiewicz addressed reporters to say the numbers are still not in.
“It is the usual course that the larger cities, because they have so many precincts, take awhile to present their results. So I know everyone is anxious. .., We are just as anxious as you are, but the law requires that we receive the returns,” she said.
State officials did release numbers but left out the numbers for Bridgeport entirely:
Foley has 556,787 votes without Bridgeport. Malloy, and Malloy’s Working Families party have a combined 548,347. That’s a difference of 8,409 votes without the state’s largest city, which tends to vote for Democrats.
AP figures include all but 10 precincts in Bridgeport and show Malloy with 565,508 and Foley with 559,268.
Malloy said Wednesday that his numbers show he won by at least 11,000 votes, while Foley said his numbers showed him winning by just under 2,000 votes.
“Since early Wednesday morning, we have said we’re 100 percent confident that when the final vote is certified, Dan Malloy will be declared the winner by a margin comfortably outside what is necessary to trigger a recount. Nothing that’s happened since has changed that,” Malloy's campaign manager Dan Kelly said on Thursday.
Foley said Thursday afternoon that he still believed he had won the race.
"Until we have final numbers from the towns that are not going to be amended, I don't think anybody should be calling the race," he said. "I think everybody should stand back and focus on getting accurate numbers.
"We believe that after all the votes are accurately tabulated that we will have won," he said.
The voting in Bridgeport has become a major issue. A ballot shortage Tuesday led to long lines and reports of voters leaving polling places without voting. Because of the problems, a state judge ordered a dozen polling places in the city to remain open until 10 p.m., two hours after polls closed elsewhere.
Bridgeport elections officials gave some voters photocopied ballots and counted those by hand instead of running them through the optical-scan machines.
Republicans voiced concerns about the photocopied ballots and the extended voting hours and criticized Bysiewicz for declaring Malloy the winner based on unofficial vote totals. But the GOP hasn't filed any formal complaints yet, state GOP Chairman Chris Healy said.
Both Foley and Malloy began forming transition teams Wednesday in anticipation of becoming Connecticut's 88th governor, succeeding retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell.