HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Election Day troubles in Bridgeport have raised questions about Connecticut’s decentralized voting system, where locally elected officials have control over the elections.

State lawmakers are expected to take up election reform legislation when the General Assembly session begins in January.

The issue of giving the secretary of the state more power over local elections officials is likely to come up, as will a bill that would require cities and towns to order at least enough ballots for every registered voter.

Anthony Esposito, president of the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut, says he doubts local governments will want the state having supervisory power. The decentralized system dates to the 1800s.

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