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Matthew D. Ritter

Monitor Will Oversee Hartford Elections, Primaries

Monitor Will Oversee Hartford Elections, Primaries

HARTFORD — A monitor will oversee city elections through 2017, including the upcoming mayoral and city council primaries.

Funding for the election monitor was included in a budget implementation bill approved Monday by the Senate and early Tuesday by the House in a special session. It was signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday.

The bill calls for a monitor to "detect and prevent irregularity" in Hartford's management of elections. State Rep. Matthew Ritter, D-Hartford, advocated for the funding after problems occurred in the November 2014 election that caused some Hartford polling places to open late.

People were unable to vote at as many as 10...