Topic:
LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS; VOTING;
Location:
ACCOUNTING;

OLR Research Report


November 13, 2002

 

2002-R-0917

VOTER ASSIGNMENTS IN TORRINGTON

 

By: Dan Duffy, Principal Analyst

You asked for an analysis of Torrington's registered voter list concerning the assignment of voters to districts for the State House of Representatives. You wanted to know if the voters were assigned to the correct House district.

SUMMARY

Based on our computer analysis, we have identified 100 voters who were apparently assigned to vote in the incorrect district. The number is approximate due to (1) possible errors in the way the addresses were entered in the voter list and (2) possible errors in the computer software's list of streets and addresses. The sources of error caused the program to fail to locate 1,456 (4%) of the addresses of registered voters and may have caused it to incorrectly place an indeterminate number of other addresses. The only way we know to verify the accuracy of the list is to physically visit the addresses.

VOTER FILE

The City of Torrington participates in the Centralized Voter Registration System compiled by the Office of the Secretary of the State. The office provided a copy of the statewide list dated November 12, 2002. It includes 23,815 Torrington voters.

GEOCODING

Using geographic information system software, we geocoded the Torrington voters on the list. “Geocoding” is the process of assigning points to a map based on addresses. In this case, geocoding produced a very good estimate of the number of voters in each district and the number potentially assigned incorrectly. The software placed points on the map for 96% of the city's voters. The other 4% were not placed on the map either because (1) the address was entered on the registry list incorrectly or (2) there are errors in the software's file of streets. This analysis includes only the 96% who were successfully geocoded. We selected the voters who appeared on the map to be in one district but who were assigned to vote in the other district in the town.

RESULTS

House District 64 has 14 voters assigned to it who should be, according to our software, assigned to House District 65. House District 65 has 86 voters assigned to it who should be assigned to House District 64. Table 1 displays their names and addresses. There are apparently 100 incorrectly assigned voters.

We have identified possible errors on eight streets: Allen Road, East Elm Street, East Hill Road, Laurel Acres, Torringford Street, Torringford West Apt, Weed Road, and Winsted Road.

The list may have inaccuracies. The table shows 24 voters on East Elm Street as being in the incorrect district. East Elm Street forms a part of the border between House District 64 and 65. Sometimes the software's street and address file incorrectly identifies the odd and even side of the street. The table also shows that five voters living on Torringford Street and five voters living on Torringford West are assigned incorrectly. The street file includes Torringford, Torringford East, and Torringford West. The software sometimes places points incorrectly when street names are confusingly similar. It is possible that all these voters are assigned correctly.

We do not know of a technological way to improve the quality of the list. The only way we know to verify the accuracy of the list is to physically visit the addresses.

Table 1: Voters Potentially Assigned to the Incorrect House District.

Name

Address

Assigned To

Ainmie Huang

55 Allen Road

64

Marcia Czapor

592 Allen Road

64

John Czapor

592 Allen Road

64

Christopher Czapor

592 Allen Road

64

Disa Korsgren

106 East Elm Street

65

Barbara Tobin

110 East Elm Street

65

Marie Roy

112 East Elm Street

65

Donald Roy

112 East Elm Street

65

David Hatfield

148 East Elm Street

65

David Stanislawski

148 East Elm Street

65

Gerald Adams

192 East Elm Street

65

Raymond Adams

192 East Elm Street

65

Jonathan Blenner

214 East Elm Street

65

James Reilly

232 East Elm Street

65

Joyce Reilly

232 East Elm Street

65

William Clarke

270 East Elm Street

65

Raymond Warren

270 East Elm Street

65

Walter Elliott

28 East Elm Street

65

Regina Spiotta

282 East Elm Street

65

Russell Cashman

282 East Elm Street

65

Wayne Rae

30 East Elm Street

65

Phyllis Centrella

50 East Elm Street

65

Lidia Abrams

74 East Elm Street

65

Thomas Abrams

74 East Elm Street

65

Tonya Fuller

78 East Elm Street

65

Jayson Beechinor

84 East Elm Street

65

Kathleen Delmonte

84 East Elm Street

65

John Delmonte

84 East Elm Street

65

John Visentin

100 East Hill Road

65

Mary Visentin

100 East Hill Road

65

Harry Haag

124 East Hill Road

65

Aurelia Haag

124 East Hill Road

65

Elaine Pease

142 East Hill Road

65

Robert Pease

142 East Hill Road

65

Paul Glazier

18 East Hill Road

65

John Thompson

54 East Hill Road

65

Mary Thompson

54 East Hill Road

65

Adam Burakouski

78 East Hill Road

65

Judith Burakouski

78 East Hill Road

65

Isabelle Albrecht

1 Laurel Acres

65

Mary Prahm

11 Laurel Acres

65

Mary Malone

15 Laurel Acres

65

Lillian Galpin

17 Laurel Acres

65

Mary Lovallo

19 Laurel Acres

65

Henry Tessman

19 Laurel Acres

65

Dora Bredice

23 Laurel Acres

65

Joseph Lelkes

25 Laurel Acres

65

Irene Ciesco

27 Laurel Acres

65

Mary Hallock

31 Laurel Acres

65

Barbara Tieman

35 Laurel Acres

65

Anna Rubino

37 Laurel Acres

65

Fred Rubino

37 Laurel Acres

65

Victoria Mecca

39 Laurel Acres

65

Janet Barber

41 Laurel Acres

65

Philomena Koval

43 Laurel Acres

65

Joseph Barbieri

43 Laurel Acres

65

Caroline Battistoni

46 Laurel Acres

65

Albert Fields

47 Laurel Acres

65

Charles Greer

47 Laurel Acres

65

Mildred Thrall

49 Laurel Acres

65

Daniel Palermito

5 Laurel Acres

65

Vera Goldberg

50 Laurel Acres

65

Robert Goldberg

50 Laurel Acres

65

Joseph Lamanna

51 Laurel Acres

65

Scott Chase

52 Laurel Acres

65

Edwin Clauss

53 Laurel Acres

65

Elizabeth Edmonds-Clauss

53 Laurel Acres

65

Barbara Johnson

54 Laurel Acres

65

Emma Ranolde

7 Laurel Acres

65

Vernon Blakeslee

544 Torringford Street

64

Rose Blakeslee

544 Torringford Street

64

Vernon Blakeslee

546 Torringford Street

64

Ralph Higley

546 Torringford Street

64

Blair Nelson

546 Torringford Street

64

Catherine Diberardino

104 Torringford West Apt

64

Margaret Tartaglino

108 Torringford West Apt

64

Catherine Ammirato

305 Torringford West Apt

64

Josephine O'Brien

323 Torringford West Apt

64

Mildred Dews

327 Torringford West Apt

64

Roger Dickinson

2051 Weed Road

65

Cheryl Dickinson

2051 Weed Road

65

Jessica Dickinson

2051 Weed Road

65

Steve Griffin

707 Weed Road

65

Nancy Griffin

707 Weed Road

65

Francis Trafidlo

1400 Winsted Road

65

Dorothy Trafidlo

1400 Winsted Road

65

Thad Alexander

1470 Winsted Road

65

Sally Alexander

1470 Winsted Road

65

Mary Roman

1540 Winsted Road

65

Joseph Roman

1540 Winsted Road

65

Kim Winegar

2364 Winsted Road

65

Arleen Winegar

2364 Winsted Road

65

H Louise Machuga

2394 Winsted Road

65

Rudolph Deane

2866 Winsted Road

65

Dorothy Deane

2866 Winsted Road

65

Bruce Charity

3490 Winsted Road

65

Kathleen Charity

3490 Winsted Road

65

Bruce Ouellette

3570 Winsted Road

65

Douglas Mitchell

3570 Winsted Road

65

Warren Van Tassell

3570 Winsted Road

65

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