MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Well before the polls opened this morning at 6 a.m. people started lining up. As was the case at Harborside Middle School in Milford.
“They all want to vote. Good or bad, left or right. They all want to vote,” said Charlie Cook, voting moderator at Harborside.
Within the first hour at that location nearly 400 people cast their ballots. One election official describing the turnout as “unbelievable”. Everyone moving through without issue.
In New Haven a much different story for people casting their ballots at the Hall of Records along Orange Street. The line was hundreds of people deep and stretched around the entire block. People waiting in line anywhere between one to two hours to get inside. Those who were inside tell News 8 that check-in was a slow process after a couple different issues, which backed up everything.
“A lot of people in line were complaining,” said one voter.
To some the long lines are not a surprise. The twists and turns of this campaign bringing out a record number of people. Many people frustrated by the election season. They’ve been waiting for this day to come.
“It’s enough, we’re ready to move on,” one woman tells News 8.
“I’m glad it’s going to be over,” said Dominic Cotton of Milford. “I hope it’s a straight outcome for everybody and that there are no questions afterwards.”
Despite the line and frustration, everyone seems to agree that it’s worth the wait.
“I spent four years living in a country where there were no democratic elections,” says one voter. “It’s a privilege that should not be taken lightly. Go out and vote.”
As for those who weren’t registered to vote before Election Day, more than 9,000 people utilized the state’s same-day registration system by noon, according to Secretary of State Denise Merrill. By 5 p.m., Merrill says that number has risen to 20,000.
“We suspected these numbers would be high, but this is a surprise even to us. If you are still waiting to register, there is no time to lose. Go to your Election Day registration site now. You must be registered by 8 p.m. to cast a vote,” said Merrill.
Polls close around the state at 8 p.m.