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Election Officials Confident About The Weather On Election Day

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High winds and low temperatures across Connecticut have knocked out power for about two thousand customers ahead of Tuesday’s vote day.

Connecticut election officials say they are prepared to make sure everyone can vote.

Scott Bates is Deputy Secretary of the State. He said officials have overcome challenges from Superstorm Sandy to the tropical storm this summer. Bates said widespread outages the week before the August primary proved how prepared officials are.

“Local election officials in different towns were helping each other print out lists and do the other things they need to be ready for Election Day," Bates said. "If one town didn’t have power, the other town helped out. That’s called mutual aid and that’s a strength.”

Bates said each town has a plan in place to bring in generators, establish alternate polling places and inform voters of any changes if for some reason power was out on Tuesday.

Sue Larsen is president of the state Registrar of Voters Association. Larsen said she hasn’t heard of any Registrars offices losing power on Friday and she’s not worried about the forecast for Tuesday.

“A little bit of overcast sky and about 40 degrees, so that’s not a bad day,” Larsen said.

Eversource utility company says crews are working to restore power before the weekend.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.