Election 2020

Connecticut Poll Monitoring, Explained

Nov 2, 2020
Polling Place Sign
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Both Republicans and Democrats have promised to monitor the polls for fraudulent ballots. While Connecticut does not have official poll watchers, the law strictly regulates challenges to voter eligibility.

Katrina McKelvin of New London, Conn. on Aug. 6, 2020 deposits her absentee ballot for the Aug. 11 primary in a special box that has been set up outside the New London City Hall.
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Voter turnout in Connecticut is at 25 percent ahead of Election Day. That’s according to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill based on the number of registered voters and absentee ballots returned so far.

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A record 2 million New Yorkers have already voted before Tuesday’s election. Early voting finished Sunday with over 300,000 Long Islanders casting a ballot.

Absentee Ballots
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Connecticut’s Secretary of the State has thrown a lifeline to voters who sent in absentee ballots without a signature. Republicans say the lifeline is not fair to all voters.

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This has been an extraordinary election “season.” Because there are more absentee and mailed ballots that must be counted and certified, we expect that there may not be a clear winner of the presidential race on election night.

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