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Get Ready To Stand In Line: Connecticut Sets Record For Registered Voters

Brace for lines: Voters may need to allow for extra time to cast their ballots with a record number of registered voters in Connecticut.
Brace for lines: Voters may need to allow for extra time to cast their ballots with a record number of registered voters in Connecticut. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — When you head to the polls Nov. 8, be prepared to join a big crowd. With just two days left to sign up, Connecticut crossed the 2.1 million threshold for the number of people registered to vote in the state, setting a new record.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 26, Connecticut had 2,100,021 registered voters. This tops the previous record of just over 2,097,000, reported Nov. 3, 2008, according to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

Voter interest has been strong nationwide with the presidential contest between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. In Connecticut, voters will also cast ballots in these races:

  • 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;
  • A variety of local positions, referendums and bond items.

But Merrill credited the increase with the news ways that voters can register in Connecticut.

“There are many factors that helped push the number of registered voters to a record high," she said. "Online voter registration and the streamlined motor-voter system have been game-changers. However, anyone still unregistered should know that there is still time. The deadline is November 1. Register today and be sure to vote on November 8!”

The deadline for citizens to register online, by mail or in-person is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Also, Election Day registration is allowed in Connecticut on Nov. 8, though Merrill warns that lines are expected to be long.

More than 36,000 people who have registered to vote through the state’s streamlined motor-voter system, which has been in operation since August. Another 170,000 people have registered online in 2016.

Not sure if you are registered to vote or where to cast your ballot? For more information about registering to vote, locating your polling place or completing Election Day registration, visit myvote.ct.gov .

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