Long voting lines cause issues in New Haven

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It was a chaotic scene inside New Haven City Hall with long lines of people still waiting to vote long after the polls had closed at 8:00pm.

Hundreds of people showed up to register to vote and then cast their ballots.

The problem was — so many showed up — that they were told to stand in line and wait …but then — the clock ticked past 8:00 — when polls in Connecticut closed.

The Secretary of the State’s office issued a statement tonight , saying part of the problem was only two people were working the polls  here and couldn’t handle this crowd. 

The city’s election staff asked the state for guidance.

Just before 9:00pm, we asked Kevin Arnold, moderator of same-day registration to give us more clarification.

“There are 2 groups of people in the room right now. The group in line standing in line behind me have completed the entire registration process by the 8:00pm deadline. They are now standing in line to get their ballots, which is standard practice in any election, anywhere in the state. There’s another group of people, maybe about 150 that were not going to be able to complete the standard process by 8, but the registrar of voters, along with the secretary of the state’s office have come up with a way to get them ballots by a mass checking them in.”

He says everything’s been done on the “up and up” and even though it seems chaotic — there were no “shenanigans” tonight.

Arnold also says he wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t  a challenge — depending on how the New Haven numbers shake out. 

He says democrats asked the secretary of the state to allow this process tonight.

About 25 people left without even casting a vote — some of them were in line for 3 hours.
 

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