Voter registration surges among young people in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Voter registration among young people in Connecticut has surged ahead of the primary, the Secretary of State’s office says.

According to the office, more than 45,000 people under the age of 30 registered to vote between the start of the year and April 21.

“Of new voters who registered in 2016, people under 30 years old are the largest group,” Secretary of State Denise Merrill said in a press release. “These are young people who we hope will make a lifelong habit of participating in our democracy. This is exciting and there is nothing like competitive races to get people engaged.”

Here’s how new voter registration breaks down by age group:

  • Under 18 years old: 6,064
  • 18 to 29 years old: 39,179
  • 30 to 44 years old: 21,521
  • 45 to 59 years old: 12,788
  • age 60 and older: 9,234

The Secretary of State’s office says of the new voters under 30 years old, 23,964 registered as a Democrat, 8,387 registered as a Republican, and 12,238 are not affiliated with a party.

Of all voters in Connecticut under 30 years old, 121,254 are registered as a Democrat, 49,078 are registered as a Republican, and 135,673 are not affiliated with a party.

In order to vote in the Connecticut Primary, a voter must be registered as a Democrat or Republican.

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