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New Haven registrars say they are ready for Election Day

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New Haven officials say they are prepared for Election Day (WFSB) New Haven officials say they are prepared for Election Day (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The countdown to Election Day is on, and the Secretary of State’s Office is concerned that New Haven might not be ready.

The issue is the potential for large crowds waiting to the last minute to register on Election Day.

Officials want to avoid what happened two years ago, during the last big election, where there were long lines and more than 100 people never got to vote.

The Registrar of Voters office said it is ready.

"We're preparing for more staffing as requested and it's going great so far,” said Shannel Evans, democratic Registrar of Voters.

That extra staffing is because the Secretary of State’s office questioned whether New Haven would be ready to handle the crowds expected to show up for Election Day registration.

"Everyone has their own opinion, leave it at that. We're as prepared as we can get,” Evans said.

The Secretary of State’s Office has its reasons.

Two years ago, several people, many of them college students, tried registering on Election Day. Many stood in line at City Hall for hours and roughly 100 were not able to vote.

"This is the first time that we have had Election Day registration for a presidential year and that's why we were concerned that everyone is completely prepared for what could be big crowds," said Secretary of State Denise Merrill.

Evans said she has enough ballots and adds they’ll have roughly 10 staffers helping with registration on Tuesday.

"There will be someone helping the lines to make sure they have voter cards filled out, so the process can go a little smoother,” Evans said.

The city stresses that if you’re registering on Tuesday, before you head to the polls, you need to go to City Hall first. That is the designated location to register.

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