HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — With all of the state legislature up for re-election, as well as 6 seats in congress, and that presidential race, it could be a very busy day at the polls tomorrow. Here are some things that could make your voting experience go smoothly.
Despite the fact that the Presidential campaign seems to have lasted about three years now, there are still people out there who waited until the last minute to register to vote. If you are one of those people who are not registered, you can still be a part of this election.
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You must be a Connecticut resident, at least 18-years-old, and if you’re a felon, you have to have finished paying your debt to society; but you can still register tomorrow.
Don’t just show up at your local polling place, however. You have to go to the designated Election Day Registration place in your town. You register and vote all in one place. In most places, that’s your town or city hall, but you can check online where to go.
“You have to have a higher form of ID, first of all, because you’re actually registering, so you need proof of residency and proof of identity, and then you need to get there and get registered by 8 o’clock,” explained Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.
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That web site can also tell you whether you are registered already, and where your polling place is. For most of us who are registered, just head to your polling place. Folk who are on the voter rolls already don’t even need a picture ID.
“All they have to prove, really, is residency, so it can be anything that has two identifiers: either your name and your address, your name and a signature, so for example: credit card,” Merrill said.
And what if you want to snap a selfie while you’re voting?
“Well, it’s an interesting question,” Merrill answered. “We don’t have any law on the subject in Connecticut, so I would assume it’s okay. It’s legal.”
But remember, anything that can seem like campaigning or electioneering is not legal inside a polling station, so no campaign signs or T-shirts. This campaign season has seen a rise in partisan slogans and images that don’t actually name a candidate or party. Think “Make America Great Again” hats, or “Nasty Woman” T-shirts. The bottom line is that you cannot do anything considered “disruptive” to your fellow voters. It is up to the moderators at the individual polling places to determine if what you are wearing is disruptive.
Polls are open tomorrow from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. A recent surge in registrations has Secretary Merrill thinking we could see a record number of voters, so you should expect longer lines for this election than recent previous elections. Leave yourself extra time so you can be a part of this historic election.