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Connecticut Reaches All Time High In Registered Voters

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Craig LeMoult
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WSHU

Connecticut election officials said the number of registered voters reached an all time high on Tuesday. Residents have until midnight to register online in order to vote at their local polling place on Election Day November 3.

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill said more than 2.2 million active voters were registered by this afternoon. She said that beats the previous record from 2008.

“And a large number of the new registrants are between 18 and 24. We’re having a surge of new voters like we haven’t seen in the past, so that’s also extremely exciting,” Merrill said.

Merrill said she’s also aware of registration issues in Meriden, Connecticut. The local registrars of voters did not show up to their office to help people register in-person. All local offices are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for the early registration deadline.

Same-day voter registration is available at central locations in each town.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.