HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says nearly 30,000 people were able to both register to vote and cast ballots on Election Day.

She noted Tuesday night that many people missed the 8 p.m. deadline, the same deadline for voting. There were reports of people who waited in long lines to register and were angered when time ran out.

Merrill says “the law is clear.” In order to vote in Connecticut, someone must be registered by 8 p.m.

She says the procedures were set by the General Assembly for a reason and she welcomes reconsideration “of this or any other law that may restrict someone’s ability to vote.” Merrill, a Democrat, says she also invites a discussion of how to expand opportunities for voting, including early voting.

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