Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced that polls will be open in most Connecticut cities and towns tomorrow from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. for the 2011 Municipal Elections.
Merrill also distributed information on which municipalities have changed polling locations due to the aftermath of the devastating snowstorm on the weekend of Oct. 29. Hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents lost power and some polling locations became emergency shelters.
In West Hartford, even though power has not been fully restored to all residents, voters will go to their regular pollling places.
The Election Day hotline 1-866-SEEC-INFO (1-866-733-2463) will be open to report problems at the polls. In addition, the two agencies are providing an email alert contact – firstname.lastname@example.org – for voters to use if they encounter any difficulties casting ballots on Primary Day. Both the hotline and the email alert will be checked throughout the day by staff from both agencies.
“Despite the difficulties of the last few days, I am very pleased to report that we are moving ahead with municipal elections tomorrow,” said Secretary Merrill, Connecticut’s chief elections officer. “I am very proud of how our Registrars of Voters and local officials have risen to this challenge, using creativity and resourcefulness to make sure voters can get to the polls tomorrow. There are some changes in polling locations in towns that were hit hard by the storm, and those will be posted online and hopefully through the media. We will also have our hotline operational and we encourage any voters encountering problems at the polls to give us a call, we will be there to help.”
Voters who do use the hotline or email to describe problems can either state their name or report issues anonymously; but are asked to state the town and polling place where they are observing the problems, and provide as many specifics or details as they can. This would greatly assist SEEC or Secretary of the State’s staff to address the issue and find a solution as expeditiously as possible. In addition to the email and telephone hotline, the Secretary of the State’s office and staff from the SEEC will hold three separate conference calls during the day on Tuesday to share information about potential problems or complaints at the polls, and coordinate the appropriate responses to those.