More than 30,000 new Connecticut voters registered online

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) — More than 30,000 Connecticut voters registered or made updates to their affiliation online using the state’s new voter registration system that was launched in February.

In a statement issued by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s office, Merrill declared Connecticut’s new online voter registration system a major success. In all, 31,157 voters used used the online voter registration system, including 24,201 new voters, and 6,956 voters who went online to change their registration status (party affiliation, address, etc.).

In February, Connecticut became the 15th state in the nation to provide online voter registration; the first in New England.

“I am so proud of the outstanding success of Connecticut’s new online voter registration system,” Merrill said. “As we said when we launched this new feature for Connecticut voters earlier this year, online voter registration has made it so easy for any eligible citizen in our state with a Connecticut driver’s license to become a new voter or change their status.  This has shown to be an incredibly popular feature, allowing people of all ages and geographic locations to register to vote – even using smartphones and tablets.  This has not only made things more convenient for Connecticut voters, but has also greatly streamlined the process for local election officials and is making our voter lists more accurate.  We expect demand for online voter registration to significantly increase in the future!”

The following represent statistics generated by Connecticut’s online voter registration system since it launched on February 18, 2014:

Voters using online voter registration system
New Voters: 24,201
Changing Status: 6,956
TOTAL 31,157

New voters registering online by party
Republican: 5,026
Democratic: 6,458
Unaffiliated: 11,997
Other: 702

Communities with most new voters registering online
Stamford: 903
West Hartford: 799
New Haven: 737
Greenwich: 602
Norwalk: 589
Middletown: 482
Manchester: 458
Milford: 447
Hartford: 446
Fairfield: 434
Danbury: 403

New voters registering online by age
18-29: 9,915
30-44: 7,927
45-59: 4,251
60+:  2,026

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