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Turnout Heavy In Connecticut And Long Island

Voter turnout is reportedly heavy in Connecticut and Long Island. While lines have eased out at many polling stations, there were long lines this morning when the polls opened.

In Connecticut, there are reports of machines not being able to scan ballots without jamming. In Fairfield, the registrar of voters says it’s because he is using pre-folded absentee ballots, and they are jamming the machine.

The registrar of voters in Wallingford says ballots that can’t be read are being placed in a secure ballot bag. This is NOT a dufflebag.

In New York, several polling places did not open on time this morning because of either lack of equipment or ballots.

In several cases on Long Island and in Connecticut, voters showed up at what they thought was their polling place only to find the doors locked.

WSHU has partnered with ProPublica to report and explore voting issues. Reporting in this story was based on tips we received through ProPubica from WSHU listeners. Go to wshu.org to and let us know of any problems you encounter at the polls.

Terry Sheridan is an award-winning audio journalist. As part of his duties as Senior Director of News and Education, he developed a unique and award-winning internship program with the Stony Brook University School of Communications and Journalism, where he is also a lecturer and adjunct professor. He also mentors graduate fellows from the Sacred Heart University Graduate School of Communication, Media, and the Arts.