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New Conn. Voter Registration Hopes To Curb Long DMV Lines

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) -- Connecticut officials are rolling out a new way for residents to register to vote in efforts to curb long lines at the DMV office.

"People are coming in repetitively with incomplete paperwork or not having understood what was needed when they came to our office the first time," DMV spokesman Bill Seymour told WCBS 880's Fran Schneidau.

Starting next week, those coming in to fill out paperwork at the DMV will also be asked if the want to register to vote, streamlining the process for those coming into the office for multiple reasons, The Norwich Bulletin reported. The voter forms will then be submitted to the state.

Seymour says wait times are now in the 60 minute range -- but that's down from an astounding two hours and 41 minute wait just a year ago.

According to Seymour, an increased effort is being made to clarify for customers exactly what is needed the first time they come in and that, he believes, will help reduce wait times.

"We're not expecting that this voter registration is going to add any significant additional time because we're already doing the process now," Seymour said.


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