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Storm Won't Stop Voting on Tuesday

The municipal elections in Connecticut will go on as planned, despite a lack of power in some locales.

Rumors have been swirling throughout Connecticut, even in communities that never lost power, that Election Day would be rescheduled from Tuesday because of the remaining electricity outages caused by the October snowstorm.

This is not true, according to Av Harris, spokesman for the Secretary of the State's office.

"We have had zero requests from any community to postone" Election Day, Harris said Friday afternoon.

Harris said the secretary of the state's office has been in close communication with registrars of voters throughout Connecticut, via a series of conference calls.

Additionally, Harris said, because Election Day is part of state law ("the Tuesday after the first Monday of November," according to the statute), to change it would require a court order.

"If a community wanted to postpone, they would have to do it through the courts," Harris said. "A judge would have to look at that." He said there has never been an instance where an election was not held because of weather-created problems.

"You can run a polling place with no electricity," he said. If generators and battery packs cannot be used or don't last long enough, Harris said voters can fill out paper ballots.He said the governor has the National Guard and state crews out clearing roads of debris and trees.

He also said that CL&P is aware of all polling locations in communities that are still suffering outages.


Cathy Vellucci November 05, 2011 at 04:22 PM
My husband didn't register to vote on time because of the powe outage. Does anyone know if it is still possible to register for this election. Thanks.

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