The Secretary of the State's Office is running those numbers, and while I find it hard to believe, the early returns seem to back this up. More than two million registered voters in the state - the highest in history, with more than 300 thousand signing up since January! And this is in a state where the Presidential campaign was an afterthought. Diane Orson reported on how Barack Obama's coattails and the big turnout might help sweep Jim Himes into office in the 4th district. Ken Rudin, the NPR Washington Editor who makes predictions for the network said he thinks Himes will win.
Meanwhile, long lines at polling places around Connecticut...and much, much longer lines in Florida and Ohio. My polling place in Winsted was busy, but the wait was short. The crew of volunteer workers was a well-oiled machine - and it didn't seem anyone had questions about the new optical scan voting machines.
In anticipation of long lines this afternoon, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has issued a legal opinion confirming that those "in line" at 8pm when the polls close will still be able to vote...although I'm not quite sure what the standard is for being "in line."
NPR has this map (below) that they're using to track polling problems around the U.S. - you can report problems to the Election Protection Coalition here, and let us know at WNPR. Leave a comment on this page, email us at [email protected] or call our newsroom 860-275-7266. Let us know:
Are the lines long? Are things running smoothly? What problems do you see at your polling place? We'll be sharing some of our reports during our two-hour Where We Live special tonight at 7.