Voters wait in long lines to cast ballots in Manchester - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Voters wait in long lines to cast ballots in Manchester


The 2012 presidential race has created long lines in some towns throughout Connecticut as well as other problems for voters on Election Day.

One Manchester couple had to come back three times to cast their vote at the Manchester High School because the husband had a back injury and was on bed rest.

"Oh we were here and it was an hour (long wait)," said one Manchester man, who did not want to be identified. "So we came at 9:30 a.m., then we came back at 11 a.m., so this is our third time."

In Manchester, the longest lines were for residents with last names that begin with N through Z.

Voter Jean Bajroek did not experience a long wait.

"No, not at all," she said. "And I heard it's been this long since 6 o'clock this morning, which surprises me."

Lines were about 100 people long at some points.

"I'd wait, I definitely would wait." said Teresa Holder, who is a voter in Manchester. 

Amy Spellman agreed with Holder and so did her son.

"My son waited. He's a younger voter and he waited over an hour and twenty minutes, so that's good," she said.

Lines were expected to grow as people got off of work and election officials said frustration should mount. Residents have previously lodged complaints with the Connecticut Election Enforcement Commission.

"They're upset they have to wait. What do you say to them? Is there anything you can do," said Frank Mafee, who is the Manchester registrar of voters. "There's nothing we can do at this point. We have to look into it and see if we have to put on more crews next time around in certain places."

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