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UNH students get first-hand experience on Election Day

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Across the country, exit polls will help give an idea of which way races are leaning, and that includes one city along the Connecticut shoreline where college students got a first-hand look at the democratic process.

The students from the University of New Haven aren't just polling voters on the presidential race, but also on local issues in West Haven.

"It’s been crazy, I didn't expect this. I’ve been out here since 7 a.m. and ever since then. I had another girl out here and we have links of people willing to take the survey, it's been great,” said Laura Fruzzetti, a junior at UNH.

Fruzzetti is part of a team of student volunteers from UNH running an exit poll in West Haven.

"When we started talking what we can do on Election Day, obviously this is such a big election, such a unique election, we wanted to do a project, came up naturally,” student Rob Granoth said.

Granoth is a West Haven native and was running the exit poll as part of a class project, setting up outside five of 10 polling locations in town, asking voters about the presidential race, local politics, to even their thought on the haven outlet mall project.

"Things that we're kind of more interested in are the local issues. The mayor's approval rating, city council's approval rating, just finding out what people's biggest issue is or what they think the biggest issue facing West Haven and the country as a whole,” Granoth said.

Sabine Lambre stopped by to fill out a survey on her way out of City Hall.

"I think it's nice to see they're trying to touch on a number of subjects. People complain about so many things, but no one is willing to put in the leg work, the research, so I think, this is nice, I wasn't done with how I felt in there, so I leave with some closer,” Lambre said.

Granoth said they will start looking at the feedback Tuesday night, comparing their results with the presidential race.

Once it’s all computed and tallied over the next month, he’ll put it all together for a final presentation at school, while also making the results public.

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