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10/29/2020

Secretary Merrill Announces Record-Breaking Voter Registration in Connecticut

More than 2.3 million voters are registered to vote in advance of the 2020 election

More than 700,000 new registrations have been recorded since 2016, compared to 450,000 from 2012-2016, and 250,000 from 2008 to 2012

HARTFORD – Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today announced record-breaking voter registration numbers for Connecticut in advance of Election Day on November 3.

“It is so exciting to see a record-breaking number of Connecticut voters, especially younger voters, set to make their voices heard on Tuesday,” said Secretary Merrill. “We are poised to see the largest number of voters participating in a Connecticut election ever, despite the 2020 election being held under the most challenging circumstances in a century. I hope to see every registered voter participating on Tuesday, and don’t forget that it is not too late to register and vote at the Election Day Registration location in your town on Election Day!”

There are now 2,308,177 active, registered voters in Connecticut:

Party Active Registered Voters

Democratic Party 850,046

Republican Party 480,026

Unaffiliated Voters 939,679

Other parties 38,426

Total 2,308,177

New registrations in this presidential cycle have far outstripped new registrations in previous presidential cycles. From 2016 to 2020, 729,811 new voters registered, compared to 458,166 from 2012 to 2016 and 251,461 from 2008 to 2012.

Young voters in particular have registered to vote in greater numbers. From 2016 to 2020, 185,391 new voters aged 18-24 registered, compared to 125,497 voters aged 18-24 from 2012 to 2016 and 78,156 voters aged 18-24 from 2008 to 2012.

Voters can check their registration status, find their polling place, or see if their absentee ballot has been delivered at myvote.ct.gov/lookup.

Eligible voters who have not yet registered to vote can still to so on Election Day in the Election Day Registration location in their town. The Election Day Registration locations can be found at myvote.ct.gov/EDR. More information on Election Day Registration can be found at myvote.ct.gov/EDRInfo.

In order to register on Election Day, a potential voter must provide their birth certificate, driver's license, passport, or Social Security card, or in the case of college and university students a current photo identification issued by their higher education institution. If the potential voter’s identification does not also include proof of their residential address, he or she must also submit another form of identification showing their residential address in the municipality. The additional identification may include, but is not limited to, a motor vehicle learner's permit, a utility bill due no later than 30 days after the election, for a college or university student a current college or university registration or fee statement, a lease, a library card with residential address, a paycheck, a property tax bill, naturalization documents, or other satisfactory proof of residence.

Eligibility requirements can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Voting-Eligibility.

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