November 2nd, 2010
06:52 PM ET
12 years ago

DSCC takes legal action in two states

(CNN) - Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman Robert Menendez says legal action has begun to resolve voting irregularities in Connecticut and Illinois.

Democrats are seeking a one hour voting extension in Bridgeport, Connecticut because the town ran out of ballots.

"Turnout was so huge they ran out of ballots of every sort," Menendez said. "And so we, as we speak, are going to court to seek an hour extension, so that voters can continue to vote. There are huge lines there."

Problems also persist in Illinois, where Menendez said a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act request) was filed in order to look at provisional ballots, where Menendez says confusion has arisen in some counties over the ability of individuals to cast a ballot in person even if they requested an absentee ballot.

"Under Illinois law, if you apply for an absentee but didn't execute it, you can go vote. Well, in certain counties those individuals have been stopped from voting," he said.

Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • DSCC • Illinois
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Proud Member of Global Zero

    Never fails to amaze me that people are denied their constitutional rights when it comes to elections. Well, at least it is not Florida this time. We have our own problems down here....low information voters.

    November 2, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. todd

    If my Marines cant vote niether can you!!

    November 2, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It appears they only got ballots based upon the polls leaning towards Republicans and no ballots for Democrats.

    November 2, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. garzafamily

    We will get what we vote for this midterm and it will not change a thing. both parties will bicker and pout the rest of their terms and Obama will get blamed for all of it. Th people need to realize that the legislative branch is where all the laws are made and where all the lobbyist work. We don't get what we vote for because once the poloticians get to washington, the lobbyist are in there trying to get them to vote in their favor with favors and money for the party. This is where it needs to change but not at the price of putting in those that will not make a differance. Most of the poloticians running today are just uninformed and running on emotions and not common sense. If we ask them to fix this problem it will never happen because they make the descisions not us, we vote them in and thats where it ends. We need to make a law that allows us the people to decide on important issues, not allowing the lobbyist to have any influence over the government period.
    This is just what i think and i thank you for time

    November 2, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Tyler

    To those of you who think the people voting for democrats were denied... if they walked up to the polls shouting out who they were voting for, then that wasn't very polite. But I have never witnessed this.... most poll booths are very private where you vote unseen, undisturbed.... so how did they get denied the right to vote when nobody had a clue who or what they were going to vote for ahead of time?

    November 2, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Daren

    Tyler.... you have missed the point. They are talking about polling places that traditionally vote one way or the other. The accusation is that ballot shortages only happen to be in neighborhoods which have been polling toward Democrats. It isn't like individuals are being sized up as "Oh, he looks like a Democrat, let's not give him a ballot."

    November 2, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |