HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has randomly chosen 75 voting precincts across Connecticut where presidential election results will be audited.
Merrill on Tuesday chose the 75 from a pool of 747 precincts that used optical scan machines Nov. 6.
The post-election audits can begin Wednesday and must be completed by Dec. 3. Merrill said even though the election was ‘‘remarkably smooth,’’ the audits are essential to guarantee the integrity of the elections. State law requires a hand audit of 10 percent of all polling places where optical scan machines were used in all elections and primaries
Merrill also took some communities to task for not yet reporting their voter turnout numbers to the state. She called the two-week delay by 13 communities ‘‘inexplicable.’’