Polls working smoothly after voters report problems

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– For Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley, it was an uneventful trip to the polls in Greenwich, casting his vote in what looks like another close race for the governor’s mansion.

“Yeah, this race has been a dead heat for a long time,” said Foley. “But now it’s in the hands of the voters and I think the voters will vote for lower taxes, a stronger economy, and change in Connecticut.”

However, voting did not go smoothly for some in Hartford. When the polls opened at 6 a.m., the list of registered voters had still not arrived at some polling places, including the place where the governor votes.

“I think that’s not good,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D) Incumbent. “But there’s voting in 169 municipalities and there are going to be a couple of wrinkles, although this is a serious one and we have people taking a look at it.”

It only affected early voters, but it left some of them confused. News 8 spoke to one man trying to vote at the Hartford Seminary before that station had received its voter list. He left without voting, and he was not alone.

“Some people were turned away from some polling places today in Hartford,” said Malloy. “And in a community where we get 90% of the vote, that’s concerning.”

The Secretary of the State says there is a process in place, and it does not involve turning voters away.

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“The local election officials are able to let people write down their name and address, sign it,” according to Denise Merrill, (D) Secretary of the State. “Then they can check it against the list when it gets here.”

At another Hartford polling place, the electronic scanner wasn’t working. John let us know using Report!t that officials told him to just put his ballot in the side of the machine.

“I don’t know if that was scanned and counted,” said Hartford voter John Alves. “I trust that it was. First time ever in 30 years in downtown Hartford that I questioned if my ballot counted.”

“What happened this morning is inexcusable,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. “While today is about providing everyone the opportunity to cast his or her vote, in the coming days we will be reviewing exactly what happened. Those who are responsible will be held accountable. In the meantime, I support Governor Malloy’s actions in bringing forth a lawsuit to keep our polls open for an additional hour. All voting locations in the City of Hartford are up and running. Any resident of the capital city who wants to vote can do so today.”

Secretary of the State Merrill told News 8 that there is always some issue on Election Day. The question now is just how big a deal Hartford’s problems will be this Election Day. Officials are working hard to not have a repeat of the voting problems that happened in 2010 in Bridgeport.

The polls opened at 6 a.m. this morning and will remain open until 8 p.m.

Are you experiencing issues at the polls? Contact News 8 at reportit@wtnh.com.

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