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Two Connecticut polls to stay open later: Judge

Tom Foley and Dannel Malloy face off in the Connecticut Gubernatorial race.
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Tom Foley and Dannel Malloy face off in the Connecticut Gubernatorial race.

A Connecticut judge ruled Tuesday that two Hartford precincts would stay open for voting an extra half-hour after complaints that polling places were not opened on time.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy filed a lawsuit asking to keep polling locations in Hartford open an extra hour—until 9 p.m.

The governor, a Democrat, said that 12 polling places were not opened on time in the city, so "a substantial number of people who were not allowed to vote left the polling places involved before the polling places eventually opened, and a substantial number of people who wished to vote were discouraged from voting by lengthy lines at those polling places."

Malloy is facing off against Republican challenger Tom Foley.

"What happened this morning is inexcusable. While today is about providing everyone the opportunity to cast his or her vote, in the coming days we will be reviewing exactly what happened. Those who are responsible will be held accountable," Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra said in a statement, adding he supports Malloy's suit to keep the polls open.