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New Haven Police To Step Up Presence At Polling Locations On Election Day

Alexander F. Yuan

The New Haven Police Department will have extra officers at polling locations on Election Day, as voter turnout is expected to be higher than usual.

New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes addressed concerns about people bringing weapons to the polls. He said individuals carrying handguns will not be allowed into public buildings. Reyes said he does not expect voter intimidation to be an issue in New Haven.

Although Connecticut is an open carry state, police say the open display of a gun cannot occur within 1,000 feet of a polling location.

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said that voter intimidation has not been seen in Connecticut, and will not be tolerated this Election Day.