A fan holds a sign before the first half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Despite complications from Superstorm Sandy, the state is ready for the election on Tuesday, according to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.
After power outages that ran into the hundreds of thousands last week, utility companies have reported to Merrill that electricity has been restored to all but two out of 773 voting precincts in Connecticut.
The old polling location at Longfellow School in Bridgeport has been moved to AquaCulture School.
The old polling location at Ocean Beach Park in New London has been moved to Harbor School.
Nearly 2.1 million voters are registered to cast ballots in the 2012 Presidential election.
Merrill on Monday announced a first-of-its kind partnership with the Connecticut Bar Association to have a group of volunteer attorneys serve as designees on Election Day authorized to enter and review any polling place for compliance with state and federal election law if a problem is reported.
“Once again I am very proud of the hard work and dedication of our local election administrators in Connecticut who for the second year in a row dealt with a major weather disaster just a week prior to election day and came together to make sure all of us could cast ballots tomorrow,” Merrill said. “We are on the job for election day, and keeping an eye on things to make sure we will have an orderly election. We are expecting a very large turnout tomorrow, and we will be ready to respond if any problems arise.”
In 2011, the General Assembly passed legislation allowing the Secretary of the State, or a Secretary's designee, access to each polling place to review each polling place and recanvass for compliance with state and federal law.
Merrill used the power on Sept. 27, 2011 to send designees during the municipal primary in Bridgeport.
“We are very excited about this program, which has never been tried before, because this means that our office will be able to have our own eyes and ears on Election Day,” Merrill said. “We are not anticipating any problems on Election Day, but this allows our office to independently verify reports of any difficulties and do our best to solve problems on site so our democracy’s most sacred practice – voting – can continue unimpeded..”
The Election Day Hotline will be in effect. Call 1-866-SEEC-INFO or 1-866-733-2463, or email the hotline firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter any difficulties at the polls. You can check your polling place online at www.sots.ct.gov.
Voters should bring a form of identification to the election site. If you do not have a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID, then a bank statement, utility bill, paystub, social security card or other form of identification will be accepted.
Eligible voters in Connecticut who are not registered to vote can still cast a ballot for President of the United States only. Presidential ballots are available at local town clerks’ offices on Election Day.
Polls will be open tomorrow from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Turnout is expected to be between 75 percent and 80 percent of registered voters expected to cast ballots.