Go online and register to vote

Elijah Alvarez, 17, of Vernon, and Lisette Rodriguez, 20, of East Hartford, become the first to register to vote on line in Connecticut. (WTNH / Mark Davis)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — You no longer have to go to your city or town hall to register to vote for the next election. The state election system has leaped into the internet age with ‘online’ voter registration starting Tuesday.

The state says the safe guards are in place and they are hoping this will appeal to potential young voters across the state.

A little over 2 million Connecticut residents are registered to vote. In last fall’s municipal elections 3,000 new voters, voted for the first time because of the new election day registration.

It is estimated that there are over 200 thousand Connecticut residents that are qualified to vote but are not registered.

Tuesday, 17-year-old Elijah Alvarez, who will be eighteen by the next election, became one of the first people in state history to register to vote online.

20-year-old Lisette Rodriguez became one of the first to change her town of registration online.

“We do everything online, it’s become practically a lifestyle,” said Elijah Alvarez, Vernon.

“Sometimes it feels like that…that everything is done online,” said Lisette Rodriguez, East Hartford

“I think this will be taken, we’re more likely to do it online,” said Alvarez.

The Governor and the Secretary of the State announced that Tuesday, Connecticut became the 15th state in the nation to offer online voting registration.

“This system will allow any eligible voter with a valid Connecticut driver’s license or identification card to register to vote from the convenience of their home computer or laptop or even their tablet or smartphone,” said Denise Merrill,(D) Secretary of the State.

“Since it’s right at my access, I’m more likely to do it and I did,” said Alvarez.

We’ve had a lot of chatter on our website already today about this, thanks for your continued input.

If you have a valid Connecticut driver’s license or a DMV Identification card and you are not registered to vote, you can register right now below.

LINK: Conn. Online Voter Registration

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