Nearly one week after New Haven’s Election Day debacle left hundreds of people stuck in line at least four hours to register and vote, the woman responsible for overseeing the process is speaking out in her first TV interview with News 8.
Democratic Registrar of Voters Shannel Evans met News 8’s Mario Boone on her day off to announce the creation of a task force to examine what went wrong.
“I am trying to basically create a task force,” said Evans. “I have not reached out to everyone yet.”
We pressed Evans harder with a series of questions, starting with what she knows right now needs to be fixed before the next election. “More staffing,” Evans responded. “So you acknowledge that the staffing level was not appropriate?” To that she answered, “I wouldn’t go that far. I would say the hard workers, they done what they can.”
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When asked if it would be better to have more, she responded, “Yes.”
In fact, inadequate staffing was one of the top concerns we heard from would-be voters waiting in line.
So, we pressed Evans more about why she didn’t ramp up staffing before Election Day. “I think I can, basically, go more into details with that with the task force,” she said.
We also asked her about what can be done to prevent a fourth consecutive Election Day mess like 2018. “Getting out there and registering students ahead of time.”