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Today is the last chance for voter registration before Election Day

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Election Day is only a week away and, according to state election officials, more than 2 million people have registered to vote in Connecticut.

Anyone not one on them has until Tuesday to register or else long lines and waiting could be an issue the day of the election.

Residents have until Tuesday to register online or in person at their local registrar's office or the Department of Motor Vehicles. It can also be done by mail, but the application must be postmarked by Tuesday.

The hope is to avoid long lines expected on Election Day, especially in the midst of this historic election cycle.

If residents miss Tuesday's deadline, they will have to go to a designated Election Day registration site starting at 6 a.m. in each town. They will be unable to go to polling locations.

”If for some reason, you didn’t register by the deadline, which I’m hoping everyone does, you can still register and vote and that would be at city hall in most places," Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill said.   

According to experts, potential voters should have proper identification that includes a current driver's license, a credit card with their name and signature or a document with their name and address such as a check or utility bill.

Merrill also discussed voter security. 

"Our voter lists are printed a week in advance, so if there were any incursions into that we would know immediately," Merrill said. "We also test all our equipment before and after. We have a public opening of the machines, which are locked in locked facilities for months ahead of time.” 

On Tuesday, Toni Unkrich stopped by Bristol City Hall to drop off her husband and son's absentee ballots. While she was just in-and-out of the Registrar of Voters office on Tuesday, when she brought in her own ballot, it was a much different story. She waited in a line that snaked into the hallway, with countless other people.

"There was a lot of commentary going back and forth between the two parties, it kept me entertained when I was waiting in line for this long," Unkrich said.

If residents plan to register on Election Day, they can call their local registrar's office for a location or click here.

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