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Heavy Turnout Causing Long Wait for Voters



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    Voters wait in long lines at the polling place at West Hartford Town Hall Tuesday.

    Lines at polling locations in West Hartford and Cheshire are long on Tuesday morning as voters waited to vote in the Presidential election.

    In March, the West Hartford town council consolidated 20 polling locations into 9 to save almost $20,000.

    About 130 people were in line at the Braeburn School on Braeburn Road. Viewers are reporting waits of an hour or more at West Hartford town hall and Hall High School. Voters are also complaining about lack of parking.

    People in line blamed the wait on the consolidation and some voters left without casting a ballot.  

    The lines had eased a bit around noon after the registrar made some changes.  More election volunteers were brought in to help speed up the process.  The voters were also split into three lines based on street names.  Earlier in the day it had been two lines.

    At Cheshire High School, about 200 people are voting per hour.  U.S. Representative Chris Murphy and Elizabeth Esty will both be voting at this location and the registrar of voters said they will have to wait in line, along with the other voters casting ballots.

    Murphy, a Democrat, is running against Republican Linda McMahon for the U.S. Senate seat that retiring Senator Joe Lieberman currently holds. Esty, a Democrat and former state legislator, is running against state Sen. Andrew Roraback, a Republican, for the the Fifth Congressional District seat.

    Viewers are also reporting long lines in Woodstock, Putnam and Bloomfield.  

    If you see lines, send your photos to photos@nbcconnecticut.com

    Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is estimating voter turn-out to be 75 to 80 percent of registered voters.

    The Election Day Hotline will be in effect. Call 1-866-SEEC-INFO or 1-866-733-2463, or email the hotline elections@ct.gov if you encounter any difficulties at the polls. 

    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 from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

    You can check your ballot on the Secretary of the State Web site.

    You can check your polling location here.

    Get full election coverage on our Decision 2012 page.

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