‘We really want your vote’: Election officials ask voters not to get discouraged by long lines at the polls

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Officials say Connecticut is on track to break records for voter turnout.

Despite the pandemic, people across the nation set out to vote in person, and Connecticut is no exception.

In West Hartford, officials have seen lines with wait times up to 75 minutes wait.

Now, as the clock is ticking closer to 8 p.m. — when the polls close — election officials are telling people to stick it out.

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“Don’t look at the line and turn around and go home,” said Eileen Mcmurrer, West Hartford moderator. “We really want your vote. We are doing everything we can to keep voting flowing smoothly and safely…Remember the line looks longer because people are social distance.”

She said the wait times are longer than normal because they’re adhering to the 6-foot social distance rule.

A steady flow of people came through the polls at JFK Elementary School in Milford Tuesday. So far, it’s been a 20-minute wait in line from what folks there tell News 8. But that time could increase with many leaving work to rush to the polls.

Voters in line at JFK Elementary say they’ve been pleasantly surprised so far with both the turnout and the wait time.

“I’m surprised the line is moving as fast as it is. I don’t know how long it’ll be once I get in the front and inside but we will see,” one voter said. “I feel like people are doing the right thing at least here in Milford and keeping their masks on which is good.”

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