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Judge: 2 Hartford polling places to stay open late

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has ordered two Hartford polling places to stay open a half hour late until 8:30 p.m. because of Election Day problems, which Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s campaign says deprived people of their right to vote.

Malloy’s campaign says several polling stations in Hartford failed to open on time at 6 a.m. Tuesday because voter registration lists weren’t ready as required, prompting many people to leave without voting and causing delays of up to 90 minutes for those who stayed.

A lawyer for Malloy’s Republican opponent, Tom Foley, argued there was no evidence anyone was prevented from voting and the polls should close at 8 p.m. as required.

Polling showed Malloy and Foley in a tight race and both campaigns focused much attention on urban voters.