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Ballot issues in Hartford questioned


Some Hartford residents waited in long lines at the Hartford City Hall for more than three hours and until as late as midnight to cast a vote in 2012 Presidential Election.

The lines were outdoors for hours and some residents described the experience as "disastrous." By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, a line in the hundreds started forming at Hartford City Hall.

"I came here earlier and it was a crowd such as this but not as much, so I decided to leave and come back. Now I'm back and there's more," said Hartford resident Clive Mowatt Tuesday night.

Some of those in line were there because of issues with registration and others were trying to vote in the 2012 Presidential Election without previously registering.

"I believe we provided the best customer service we could to the best of our ability," said Democratic Registrar of Voters Olga Iris Vazquez.

Vazquez, who was just re-elected herself, said her office needs more staff and technological support.

"Everyone needs to understand that it takes money to get better service," she said. "That's the bottom line."

In a statement, Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooten insisted, "If anyone looks at the budget, there's adequate money allocated for the election."

And the Connecticut secretary of state's office said the Hartford Registrar of Voters office provided "the right materials to the voters that were required by law and that contributed to the delay."

The Hartford Registrar of Voters office told Eyewitness News a lot of Tuesday night's problems could have been solved if people didn't just wait until the last minute and checked to make sure their voter registration was current.

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