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Voter mistaken for dead in crucial recount

HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The outcome of a Connecticut primary election hinges on the vote of a woman whose absentee ballot was marked "Deceased" but is very much alive, officials say.

A recount Monday in the Democratic Party's 5th General Assembly District primary found the party-endorsed candidate, Leo Canty, tied with challenger Brandon McGee at 774 votes each. At issue is an uncounted ballot, still in a sealed envelope and marked "Deceased," the Hartford Courant reported Wednesday.

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Lawyers questioned the date of the voter's death and reported they could not find a death notice. Town officials called her address and learned the voter, a 91-year-old woman, is still alive in a nursing home.

Superior Court Judge A. Susan Peck will decide the ballot's status, the newspaper said, adding it's possible the woman voted for a third candidate, Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks, who finished third in the primary. It's also possible there is no ballot in the envelope, which was the case in another recount.

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