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Deadline Looms: Register To Vote In Connecticut Before It's Too Late

Tuesday is the deadline in Connecticut to register to vote in next week's presidential election.
Tuesday is the deadline in Connecticut to register to vote in next week's presidential election. Photo Credit: File photo

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Time is fast running out if you are looking to vote in the hotly debated presidential contest. The last day to register to vote online, by-mail or in-person in Connecticut is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

“More people are registering to vote in Connecticut than ever before," Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said. "My message to anyone still unregistered is: join them! Make your voice heard on Nov. 8. If you think you are already registered, please go to myvote.ct.gov to make sure it is up to date.”

Not sure if you're registered? Want to double check? Click here to visit the website of the Connecticut's secretary of the state. It will also display your polling place with full address.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, with polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voter interest has been strong nationwide due to the presidential contest between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

When you had out to cast your ballot, you'll be in good company: Connecticut has set a new record for the number of registered voters with 2,100,021.

This tops the previous record of just over 2,097,000, reported in 2008.

In Connecticut, Election Day registration is an option — but election officials say it should be a last resort, especially this year with polls expected to be so crowded.

This is also the the first time same day registration was offered in Connecticut for a presidential contest.

But Election Day registration takes longer because it requires the applicant to submit proof of both residence and identity. And if the applicant was registered in another town, the admitting officials must contact the previous municipality to be sure a vote has not been cast there.

"Because we anticipate long lines for those who are not yet registered on Election Day, we recommend that you register in advance," Merrill's office said. "Voter registration is available in person at registrars' and town clerks' offices, at public libraries, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and other state agencies, online (24/7), and by mail."

Also, anyone choosing to do Election Day registration must complete the process before 8 p.m. You cannot just be "standing in line" as of 8 p.m., which is sufficient to cast a ballot.

The locations for same day registration,which open at 6 a.m., is different from polling places. Call your local registrars' offices for locations or check your town and state websites for additional information.

Voters will also cast ballots in these races on Nov. 8:

  • U.S. Senate: Democrat incumbent Richard Blumenthal and Republican challenger Dan Carter
  • U.S. House: Republican challenger Angel Cadena vs. Democrat incumbent Rosa DeLauro in the 3rd District; Democrat incumbent Jim Himes vs. Republican challenger John Shaban in the 4th District; or Republican challenger Clay Cope vs Democrat incumbent Elizabeth Esty;
  • All State House and State Senate seats; and
  • A variety of local positions, referendums and bond items in some towns.
For more information about registering to vote, visit myvote.ct.gov .

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