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Bethel Primary polling location selected at random for audit by state

A Bethel polling location has been randomly selected for an audit of the primary vote.  Secretary of the State Denise Merrill randomly chose 15 voting precincts from the September 16th primary to have their machine totals audited.  There were also five alternate precincts chosen in case the chosen precincts cannot be audited for any reason. 


State law mandates that 10% of all voting precincts have their machine totals audited following any election or primary.  There were a total of 143 voting precincts where primaries were held. 


The machine at Stony Hill Fire House was selected for audit.  The first alternate polling precinct chosen was the Berry Elementary School machine. 


Bethel Republicans voted that Will Duff would be the First Selectman candidate to challenge Democratic incumbent Matt Knickerbocker in November.  


Duff, the GOP candidate two years ago, defeated Planning and Zoning Commission chair Pat Rist by 39 votes.  In the Stony Hill District 2, the vote was 61 for Duff and 83 for Rist.  At the Berry polling location, the tally was 116 for Duff and 92 for Rist.

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