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New polling place in New London does not lead to lower voter turnout

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NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

New London was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and election officials there are working to make sure voting goes smoothly after one of the polling locations was moved because of flooding.

The Harbor School was made into a polling location after Ocean Beach was flooded. The new polling place means that two voting districts shared one gym.

"They think that they are over here, when they're really supposed to be over there and there's confusion," said Kaitlin Butler, who is a ballot clerk in New London.

Despite the confusion, poll workers told Eyewitness News that turnout was good.

"The turnout has been steady," she said. "We opened the polls at 6 a.m. and they have been coming at a steady stream ever since."

Although the two districts casted votes side by side, their ballots were counted separately.

"It's a little confusing because of the lines is extending past the door to the other line," said Martin Manley, who is voter from New London.

Some voters in New London told Eyewitness News that the problems created by Hurricane Sandy were not enough to keep them from voting.

"It's our privilege to vote," said John Sior of New London. "It's something we're supposed to do and it's important for the country."

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said there should be no issues with public transportation.

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