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Merrill: 68 percent of CT voters submitted ballots

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Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said even though the final numbers aren’t in, they believe they were at 68 percent for voter participation on Tuesday.

But we did see a couple of hiccups.

One was wet ballots.

Because of the rain, the Merrill said machines couldn’t read them and people either had to wait for them to dry off or they had to be hand counted, which slowed down results.

The other was long lines at same-day registration. 

You had to be registered to vote by 8:00 p.m., and we saw many first-time voters in New Haven waiting until the last minute. 

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This is not the first time the Elm City has had this problem. We saw it in 2014 and 2016 too. 

Merrill said it’s not ideal and city leaders might want to consider more staffing.

“You have to keep in mind it was a very smooth election by in large when you consider the enormous turnout, the massive rain storms we were dealing with. Except for this issue with same-day registration, it was a remarkably smooth day,” Merrill stated.

She said there was also long lines for same-day registration at UConn too.

To avoid this, Merrill stated that she would like to see early voting in this state tp take some of the pressure off of Election Day.

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