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All polling places have power; 2 locations moved because of flooding


A high voter turnout is expected in Tuesday's election, but so are problems at the polls following flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

On Monday, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said all of the polling locations have had their power restored, but two locations in different parts of the state have been moved because of the massive flooding by Hurricane Sandy.

"Two polling places have been moved because of flooding," Merrill said Monday. "We have known this for a week now. One is Ocean Beach in New London. Also, Bridgeport is the other location. Longfellow School is still under water."

The new locations for voting are:

  • Bridgeport: The Aquaculture School
  • New London: The Harbor School

There could also be some transportation problems because of the storm. Roads could still be blocked in places like Bridgeport, Greenwich and Fairfield, and Merrill said major transportation, like buses, should not be affected.

"As far as I know, the major transportation systems are up and running," Merrill said Monday. "Whether people will be able to get around with the car is another question."

Some roads could still be closed, so anyone with concerns should check with their towns. To find the polling place closet to you, click the following link.

With a heated, tight race between Republican Linda McMahon and Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, neither is taking any chances with getting people to the polls.

"We are going to help everyone get to the polls if they have transportation issues," Murphy said. "I think we are going to have record turnout tomorrow."

"I know tomorrow, we will have a very strong outreach program through all our field offices," McMahon said. "If people need a ride to the polls, we will provide them with that."

Merrill said voter turnout could be as high as 70 percent or even higher.

Many parents were upset that schools are closed because many are being used as polling places. Parents told Eyewitness News they were upset because students have already missed school, because of the storm, and did not want them to miss more.

Merrill said with so many people visiting the polls, it is important the schools are closed for students.

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