Thousands of unaffiliated voters joining political parties in Connecticut

(WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Less than 24 hours after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a stop in Hartford supporters of democratic candidate Hillary Clinton held an event at an art gallery on Whalley Avenue in New Haven. It was a whose who of state democratic politics with speakers that included state Senator Ted Kennedy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp.

“With Hillary Clinton as our next president we will see people having roofs over their heads, jobs, because everybody wants a job,” said Wyman.

From Donald Trump to John Kaisch to Hillary Clinton, there have been a lot of presidential hopefuls in Connecticut in recent weeks as the constitution state moves ever closer to its primary date of April 26th. Connecticut’s Secretary of State Denise Merrill tells News 8 people aren’t just registering but unaffiliated voters are changing their voter information.

“I think we’re relevant,” said Secretary of State Denise Merrill. “April 26th is fairly late for a primary and most of the time these things are settled by then but not this year and so people feel it’s wide open they’re registering in record numbers.”

Merrill’s office reports nearly 22,000 unaffiliated voters have changed their registration and switched to a major party in 2016. Close 14,000 of those people have switched from unaffiliated to democrat and around 8,200 switched from being unaffiliated to republican.

Why so much change among unaffiliated voters? Its likely to due to the fact unaffiliated voters can’t cast a ballot in a Connecticut primary, only members of a political party can participate.

If you haven’t yet registered to vote remember there is no election day registration for the primary.

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