A stack of ballots waits to be counted by hand at the Litchfield firehouse Tuesday night. BZ photos
Voters in Litchfield headed to bed Tuesday without knowing the outcome of the day's election due a problem with ballots.
The issue was a lack of enough ballots due to a large voter turnout. There were 2,200 ballots for the town's three polling places and they ran out before the polls closed at 8 p.m. Election officials had to make about 450 copies of the ballots and use unused absentee ballots to satisfy voter need.
Since the copies couldn't be tabulated by the machines at the polling places, they had to be counted by hand by poll workers. Ballots were still being counted at the Litchfield firehouse and the Northfield firehouse late last night. Bantam's counting was completed earlier.
Results from the machines at the polling places showed First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. with a lead of 1,295-880 over challenger Matthew Blasavage. Blasavage was also polling behind the four incumbent selectmen, Paul Parsons, Jonathan Torrant, Diane Knox and Jeffrey Zullo.
Lynn Stone, Matthew Terzian and John Morosani were polling strong in the race for three seats on the Board of Education.
Final results are expected early Wednesday morning.
Susan Kennedy, moderator at the Litchfield firehouse polling place, works with poll workers Art Coffill, left, and Kevin Creed during the hand-counting of ballots. Below, Coffill and Creed find some humor in their late-night task.