- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut election officials and the University of Connecticut will be auditing results of last month’s presidential primary election.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill last week randomly selected 73 out of 723 polling places that used optical scan machines on April 26 for the review. She chose 10 alternate locations.

UConn and the State Elections Enforcement Commission will help conduct the routine audit, which is required by state law.

The hand-counted ballots will be matched against vote totals from the optical scan machines.

Merrill says state election officials trust the machines and the results, but the results must be verified. She says Connecticut has one of the most strict audit laws in the country.

The audit must be completed by June 3. The results will be made public.

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