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'They Want To Get Him Out': Connecticut Voters Show Up In Droves

Voters line up at a polling place at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven on Nov. 3, 2020.
Cassandra Bassler
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Voters line up at a polling place at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven on Nov. 3, 2020.

In Connecticut, a record number of voters were motivated to show up at the polls even though the state is not a battleground. 

At the Haley School in West Haven, one voter who would only give her first name Laurie, says there has never been a more important election in her lifetime.

“We have to decide, do we want to move forward and be prosperous and back our law enforcement or do we want to bow down and go for higher taxes and more money taken from our paychecks?” she said.

David Lasinki says he’s upset with the current occupant of the White House.

“There’s a lot of people who don’t like who’s currently in office and they want to get him out,” he said.

First-time voter Olivia Boliga says she’s been concerned by recent racial and other conflicts.

“I think it’s important because our country is the most divided it’s ever been. I feel it’s important to give the rights to the people that deserve the rights like we do,” Boliga said.

State election officials say turnout had already reached 50 percent by noon, exceeding the 2016 presidential election.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.