Secretary of the State Denise Merrill initially said voter turnout as of noon on Tuesday was around 75 percent, but her office later said that voter turnout was slightly less than 50 percent as of noon, including absentee ballots.
Despite historic numbers of people casting absentee ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Connecticut voters are still expected to vote in person today for races including the presidential election and long lines formed around 4:30 a.m. or 5 a.m., well before the polls opened at 6 a.m.-
“We’re getting reports of long lines everywhere because I think people are excited to vote and they’re voting,” Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said after voting in Hartford on Tuesday morning.
As of noon, voter turnout was slightly less than 50 percent, according to the office of the Secretary of the State.
She said there are often lines on the morning of Election Day when there is a presidential election, but the line Tuesday appeared to be longer than it was in 2016.
“I’m thinking we’re going to have a big turnout,” Merrill said.
She added that there have been very few problems.
Some voters waited in line for 10 minutes. Others waited for two hours.
“I think everybody knows why this is such an important election and it’s great to voice your opinion. And it felt really great,” John Barresi, of Hartford, said.
“I feel I was doing something very positive in more ways than one,” Albert Pierre, of Hartford, said.
Deborah Weymouth, of Hartford, said she was happy to see voters lining up early.
“I was very happy that there were that many people out at 7 o’clock in the morning when it’s 40 degrees because I think it makes a statement,” she said.
“People are waiting, very respectful of the six foot distance, there’s sanitizing stations. It’ll all very safe,” Claire Galli, of Hartford, said.
As of Monday, 715,000 absentee ballots had been processed and Merrill said about 635,000 had come back. Voters who have not returned them can drop them into a ballot drop box until 8 p.m. Tuesday. All ballots must be back to the town clerk by 8 p.m. tonight.