Registering to vote has never been easier


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– We are just over five weeks away from Election Day. Some recent changes mean it is easier than ever to register to vote.

News 8’s Kent Pierce spent last week going up and down Route One talking to people about the election, and found everybody has an opinion. The thing is, having an opinion is not enough. You have to actually vote in order to make it count. Fortunately, registering to vote has never been easier in Connecticut.

When you go to vote this November, you may have a lot of company. The Secretary of the State says two million people are now registered to vote in Connecticut. One reason is social media.

“There was a Friday last week where Facebook put a banner at the top of Facebook just simply saying, are you registered to vote? And we had, in two days, 15,000 new voters. In two days,” said Denise Merrill, (D) Secretary of the State.

And if you scroll through the Secretary’s feed, you can see that the state also used Twitter to encourage people to register by posting photos of Nutmeg state celebrities, like team mascots, endorsing the myvoteCT hashtag. The hope is that younger voters will sign up.

In August, they changed some rules at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“If you go in to register your car or to get a new drivers license, the clerk now asks you, Are you also interested in registering to vote? And apparently, the answer was yes for another 15,000 people,” Merrill said.

If you’re not registered to vote, you still have four weeks. It’s very easy. Especially if you already have a Connecticut Driver License. You can go online to my and register. The secretary says it only takes about a minute. You can also check your information to make sure your address is accurate. That will speed things up on Election Day. They expect it to be a very bust year, maybe rivaling 2008 for voter turnout.

You need to do it by November 1st. So that’s 4 weeks from Tuesday. That’s the deadline for registering online, by mail, or in person at City Hall.

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