DMV system crash impacts voter registration


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Democrats and Republicans work the phones as presidential candidates from both sides look for every single delegate they can find, and it’s paying off. 77,000 new voters have registered since January and Denise Merrill, Secretary of the State says about 50 percent of them are doing it with their driver’s license online.

However, a technical glitch on Tuesday temporarily shut the system down and the State I.T. Department is working to figure out what went wrong.

“Some people may have encountered a delay that said they couldn’t go forward. Today, we are fine, we are up and running and you have until tomorrow, which is important to note to use the online system midnight tomorrow after that you have to go in person,” said Merrill.

Merrill says with that deadline bearing down on them, it is important that they got that up and running. She even had one of her staffers log-on to show he could register in under a minute. She says be patient, keep trying, the system may be a little slow because of the record number of people turning out to register to vote for this primary.

“It is not slowing down, as a matter fact, it is getting greater. On Monday, we had 1,400 people signed up online, on Tuesday 2,500. It is literally doubling every day, we have never seen anything like this,” said Merrill.

And Wednesday the Department of Justice issued a warning to Connecticut to initiate motor voter, which would allows drivers to register to vote while renewing their driver’s license. Merrill says she has been pushing for a bill that would do just that.

“It turns out that the Department of Justice just sent a letter to the State of Connecticut telling us we need to do better with the motor voter act, in other words what I’ve been saying for a while, we have been working on this we are going to get some help,” said Merrill.

Connecticut’s Primary is April 26. If you can’t register online you can still do it in person at your Townhall.

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