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West Hartford Moves To Shorten Lines At Polls

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7.a.m., line at Conard High polling place,  West Hartford

7.a.m., line at Conard High polling place, West Hartford

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Some West Hartford voters described lines of half an hour and longer at their polling places Tuesday morning,  and some speculated it might have to do with a reduced number of polling places.

Mayor Scott Slifka says districts were consolidated after problems properly staffing twenty polling places,  to insure a smooth and a reliable count.  He says a unanimous bipartisan vote of the West Hartford Town Council established the new districts.

The lines formed today, according to Slifka,  because voter lists at each poll were divided into only two alphabetic sections,  and since the rolls had been certified in that way by the Secretary of the State’s Office, they needed to make sure they could properly divide them into smaller sections.

Once it was established that they could,  the lists were divided,  the lines speeded up,  and by early afternoon 75% of registered voters had turned out.  Slifka encouraged anyone who had to leave earlier to return.

He says one problem with parking at a school had to do with a teachers conference scheduled there today,  and once they were able to arrange for parking for voters,  that problem also was resolved.

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