Connecticut voter registration issues prior to Primary fuel some concern of election hacking

This story is part of a comprehensive guide on election and voting systems which details information that points to or otherwise confirms hacking in the 2016 Election.

I have already reported on the following states: Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, California, and Colorado. There could potentially be other explanations for some of the circumstances offered, however, information provided may indicate characteristics of hacking. When combined with other states, this evidence substantially increases the likelihood of systems vulnerability and election hacking throughout the country.

On April 13, 2016, there were scattered reports of voters being removed from their party in the media and Reddit forums. One voter reported that his party affiliation was Democrat — and “clerical issues” took his name from the rolls. He explained:

“In other words, my registration to be a Democrat for some reason didn’t go through. I couldn’t vote”

On April 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Right’s Division sent a letter to the Connecticut Secretary of State informing them of the filing of a lawsuit against the state for violation of the National Voting Rights Act, non-compliance, and other possible negligence with the “Motor-Voter” registration system in place.

On April 19, 2016, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) experienced an outage which prevented people from registering to vote. Because the two systems were connected, both experienced problems.

On April 20, 2016, the Secretary of State’s Office issued the following statement:

“It has come to the agency’s attention that there were intermittent slowdowns and disruptions to the online voter registration system. It is now back up and running and we encourage people to use the system. We are working with our IT specialists to identify the issue. At this point, there is no evidence that any agency is to blame. We are working with our vendor to ensure that any problems that arise are addressed immediately. Thousands of people continue to use the system successfully.”

On April 21, 2016, voter registration to vote in the Primary Election closed to new and voters who were not affiliated with a party.

I was unable to find any mention or report from the Secretary of State’s office related to the cause of the voter registration issues or party switching, except a mention that it was probably voter confusion. Problems with the system itself are concerning and need to be addressed – we need a reasonable explanation regarding the IT problems encountered near the primary election day.

Additionally,  important to note is that if someone had wanted to change their party affiliation a few days before the April 21st deadline, they would have been denied such ability to do so and therefore would be ineligible to vote if they were registered as unaffiliated prior to the technical problems. This is a result which disenfranchises voters and is suggestive of election tampering because the system trouble occurred at a time when many people change their affiliation at the last minute.

On April 26, 2016, the Primary Election was held.

On November 8, 2016 was relatively innocuous. Connecticut had an issue with an optical scanning voting machine when it stopped counting votes altogether. After the machine was unplugged and re-plugged in, it began to work appropriately.

Analysis

The biggest concern for Connecticut is accountability, research, and reporting of the motor vehicle department/voter registration issues during the primary which disrupted the ability of the people to change their party or register as a new voter just before the April 21 deadline. Additionally, there needed to be an extensive investigation – reported to the public/media related to the reasons for the problems with the machines and/or registration issues. The fact that there is limited or no explanation or a report related to such issues only serves to fuel suspicion regarding election hacking. When combined with other nation-wide election issues, transparency is key to serving the public interest.

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