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Court says election dispute to be settled by House panel

December 21, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It’s up to a special committee of the Democratic-controlled Connecticut House of Representatives to determine the ultimate winner of a legislative election.

In a decision read Friday from the bench, the Connecticut Supreme Court says it’s up to the House, not the state’s highest court, to certify the winner of Stratford’s 120th Assembly District.

While a recount showed Democratic Rep. Phil Young defeated Republican James Feehan by 13 votes, the tally has been in doubt because at least 76 voters received the wrong ballots.

Friday’s decision upholds a lower court’s refusal to call a special election, something Republicans wanted.

House Republican leader Themis Klarides says the GOP is not giving up and will fight to ensure voters’ ballots are counted in a “fairly-conducted special election.”

The legislature convenes Jan. 9.

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