New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven voting officials were overwhelmed Tuesday when more than 1,000 people showed up to the polls to register to vote on Election Day.
Large crowds developed at several polling locations across the city, including the Edgewood School in Westville, City Hall, and the Nathan Hill School in the East Shore neighborhood.
A New Haven Registrar of Voters told News 8 that crowds they never anticipated would show up on Election Day to register to vote, did show up. They said the mood was peaceful, and people were having fun. Officials handed out registration cards to those in line in an effort to speed up the process. Volunteers also passed out sandwiches, apples and water bottles, and singing groups from Yale University entertained the crowd. However, tensions rose when people in line discovered the 8:00 p.m. cutoff time.
According to New Haven election officials, anyone that was not inside the door to be processed to register to vote by 8:00 p.m. could be turned away. By 8:15 p.m., many people that were standing in line for hours were venting their frustrations. In all, more than 100 people were turned away.