What you need to know at the polls for Election Day

(WTNH/ George Roelofsen)
(WTNH/ George Roelofsen)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The polls are open and lots of people across Connecticut and the entire country are expected to show up to cast their vote. That means polling places could get very busy at times.

As of late afternoon, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said the statewide average voter turnout was 50 percent. This was with 118 towns reporting; more than 50 towns, including some of Connecticut’s largest cities have yet to report turnout numbers.

It’s hard to believe Election Day is finally here. The election season has been one filled with twists and turns. Now, it’s in our hands.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. When you go to vote, you need an I.D. and must show up at your designated polling location.

If you are not registered, you are still able to do so today. However, you don’t go to a polling location. There are designated locations to handle same day registration. In most cases it’s your city or town hall. We have a list of the places you can register in each town on our website. Of course to register, you need to have a couple forms of I.D. One that shows who you are. The other proof I.D. residency.

Related: Connecticut Voter’s Guide

And let’s talk about selfies for a minute. Justin Timberlake took one while voting in Tennessee a few weeks back and got in trouble. But here in Connecticut, it’s a different story.

“Well, it’s an interesting question. We don’t have any law on the subject in Connecticut, so I would assume it’s okay. It’s legal,” said Denise Merrill, (D) Secretary of the State.

Your best bet though may be not to take any pictures. Again, if you do need to register today make sure you do so sooner rather than later.

You’re not supposed to really wear anything that has a candidate’s name on it. Basically not to influence other voters indirectly. This election season we’ve seen some slogans and other types of shirts that don’t necessarily have a candidate’s name but rather their message.

Keep in mind it’s up to the moderator at each polling location as to whether or not something is considered a disruption.

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