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WSHU's guide of where, when and how to vote in Connecticut during the 2020 election.

Yale Professor: Connecticut Voters Would Rather Vote In Person On Election Day Than Vote Absentee

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A Yale University professor says most Connecticut residents plan to vote in-person on Election Day — despite COVID-19 risks. 

Gregory Huber has been studying how people feel about voting during the pandemic. He says despite a dramatic increase in rates of absentee voting — more Connecticut residents in both parties say they would still rather vote in person.

“Because voting by mail either didn’t work, they didn’t get their ballot in time, they’re worried it wouldn’t be returned in time, or they’re simply concerned it won’t be counted, or that something will go wrong in the process,” Huber said.

Huber said most Connecticut residents still have COVID-19-related worries. They’re worried about having to stand close to others in line and having to touch shared surfaces.

But he says many cities and towns in Connecticut have taken measures to address these concerns -- like spreading out polling booths or making more room for lines.