State officials look into long Election Day lines - WFSB 3 Connecticut

State officials look into long Election Day lines

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WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The Connecticut Secretary of the State's Office is trying to determine if long lines at polling places could have been avoided.

On Election Day, people in some cities and towns waited in lines for hours and the Secretary of the State feels the process needs to be modernized.

"Everybody I saw that day said don't go to the polls," said Doreen Fundiller, who is a registered voter in West Hartford.

West Hartford, Manchester and Hartford were some of the towns and cities where there were long lines to vote.

Fundiller told Eyewitness News that some of her friends could not wait an hour or more and left.

Despite the expected high voter turnout, West Hartford consolidated its polling places in half and did not have enough staff or volunteers.

"The current cycle convinced me we need early voting... to spread out the rush," said state Sen. Beth Boyd (D-West Hartford).

Boyd said towns cutting back is leading to problems.

"We have volunteers, but many of them are not trained," said Secretary of State Denise Merill. "We need to professionalize this, have state standards and even federal standards."

Merill supports modernizing the process, which could allow people to register online, allow more absentee ballots and permit early voting in some towns. She even suggested maybe establishing regional voting centers.

"It was terribly inefficient. People had to leave the polls, not everyone came back," Fundiller said. "There has to be a better way."

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