Wilton is selected for election audit

The results of three contests in Wilton’s municipal election on Nov. 5 will be the subject of an audit. Wilton’s District 3, for which ballots were cast at Middlebrook School, was one of 66 sites randomly selected this week by the secretary of the state’s office to undergo a manual verification.

Registrar of Voters Carole Young-Kleinfeld said the audit of machine-cast ballots will take place Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 9 to noon at Trackside. She and fellow registrar Tina Gardner, along with the town’s deputy registrars, will supervise the audit.

“Three separate races will be audited by experienced elections workers to make sure that our machines were functioning properly on Election Day,” Ms. Young-Kleinfeld told The Bulletin. “The races to be audited are selectmen, ZBA, and P&Z vacancy, which were chosen randomly by Town Clerk Bettye Ragognetti, as required by state law.

“Manual post-election audits are not official recounts — and do not change official election results unless major discrepancies were to turn up, necessitating further investigation by the secretary of the state,” she continued. “But they’re an important part of making sure that our voting technology works as we expect it to.”

The audits are required by state law, which stipulates 10% of the polling precincts used in an election are subject to an audit. A total of 657 polling precincts were used across the state on Nov. 5. The audits must be completed by Dec. 13.