Polling location changes confuses voters in Bridgeport
By WFSB Staff
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -
Voters in Bridgeport said Election Day was confusing for them on Tuesday because when they showed up at the regular polling location, the gates were locked.
And the sign with the new location wasn't all that big.
Bridgeport was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and election officials there worked to make sure voting went smoothly after one of the polling locations was moved because of flooding.
Voters who usually cast their ballot at the Longfellow School had to vote at the Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center just a block away.
President Barrack Obama supporters set up at the Longfellow School to tell voters where to vote. Supporters even drove one woman to the new polling location.
Bridgeport election officials said they posted lamented signs outside the school and mailed cards to the voters who would be impacted. However, for most voters, the change in polling places was not a problem.
"It wasn't confusing. They actually spelled it out really, just around the corner," said one Bridgeport resident who did not want to be identified.
Election officials said they were also worried about transport problems. There may still be downed trees blocking roads in areas like Greenwich, Bridgeport and Fairfield.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said there should be no issues with public transportation.
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