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Bridgeport Voters Confident in Election Process, Safety

Brigeport Voters
Roberto Rojas
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WSHU Public Radio
Voters visited polls before dawn to cast ballots in the 2020 race.

Voters in Connecticut faced long lines, but few reported problems -- and some said the need to vote outweighed COVID-19 concerns.

Early voters in Bridgeport’s Black Rock neighborhood said the line reached for nearly a block at points Tuesday morning. Gordon Goldsmith said he trusted officials to provide a safe polling place.

“I think today it was important to show that, even though we’ve heard a lot of things to the contrary, that voting in person still is very safe, both in terms of the pandemic and in terms of any election day violence,” Goldsmith said.

Fatoumma Loukaka voted at Bassick High School in Bridgeport, the state’s largest city. She says she came a long way to vote.

“I’m actually living in New York City now, so I missed the deadline. I think it was October 9, to register in New York. But I was previously a Bridgeport resident," Loukaka said, "I definitely thought it was really important to come out, you know, on the day of.”

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said almost half of all registered voters in the state had cast their vote by noon, including about a quarter who voted by absentee ballot.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.