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CT schools prepare for strong turnout for Tuesday's primary

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With a surge in voter registration so far this year, a strong turnout is expected at Tuesday’s primary in Connecticut, but getting to the polls might not be more difficult than choosing a candidate.

That's because many schools will be open at the same time as the polls. Eyewitness News looked into how schools are planning to juggle the traffic.

Connecticut school officials said the primary date was chosen well after their school calendars were developed and that's why kids aren't having the day off.

“A lot of traffic and it's going to be mayhem,” Glastonbury student Sam Macmillan said.

“I think it's going to be busy, a little hectic,” Glastonbury voter Lucia Scola said.

Students and parents were painting a very realistic picture of what primary Tuesday could look like at local schools next week.

“It'll be hard to get in and out of the school,” Macmillan said.

With schools and polls being open at the same time, some towns say it's not far-fetched. That's why in Westport, the registrar of voters actually encouraged voters not to vote during school hours, if possible.

“Because it would make things a little more busy and dangerous for the kids, maybe,” Scola said.

“You still want to get the people in to vote, so we gotta find some other way,” Macmillan said.

In Glastonbury, five schools will double as a polling place on Tuesday. In Southington, there are several. The Southington superintendent said changes will be made to accommodate voters. Schools will have additional personnel, extra police on hand to ensure safety.

Voters said they'll do their best to avoid the rush.

“I probably will avoid the peak times for the kids and do it at a convenient time,” Scola said.

Traditionally, most voting takes place before and after school as people are going or coming from work. But again, with the high turnout expected, it could be a very busy day from start to finish.

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