HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Following a judge’s ruling, two polling places in the Connecticut state capital remained open for an extra half hour Tuesday evening — after voters found themselves delayed earlier in the day.
The polls had been open just minutes when problems surfaced Tuesday in Hartford. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy himself was among those delayed.
As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, the race between Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley could end up being the tightest in the country Tuesday. And the day in the much-watched race began with concerns about access to the polls and turnout, and ended up in court.
In a statement, Malloy expressed satisfaction that some polling places extended their hours.
“We are pleased the court has decided to give every voter in Hartford who wants to cast a ballot the opportunity to vote,” Malloy said in the statement. “The right to vote in a democracy is fundamental and should never be infringed. We encourage every voter in Hartford to come out and let their voices be heard.”
Multiple polling stations in Hartford did not receive printed voter lists in time for the 6 a.m. start of voting, said Av Harris, spokesman for the secretary of the state’s office.
He said “more than just a few” voting sites were affected, making it impossible for voters to demonstrate to poll watchers they are residents of the area and are entitled to vote.
“It’s absolutely unacceptable,” he said.
Foley, voting in Greenwich, had no such problem. His campaign argued that the Hartford voting delays were temporary and did not warrant an extension.
Foley expressed disappointment with the decision.
“Obviously we are concerned that people who have the right to vote and want to vote get to vote,” he said in a statement. “But voting snafus like this get to undermine the confidence in elections. But the show must go on.”