NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s the last day of registration, and there’s still time to register to vote if you haven’t yet signed up. The numbers of those already registered is the largest that officials have ever seen.
The number keeps getting higher by the day. On Monday alone, 15,000 new Connecticut voters registered, adding to the 2.1 million statewide.
“Just in the last month we’ve had over 70,000 new voters registered,” said Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. “That’s a very big number. Haven’t seen anything like that since 2008.”
Turnout is expected to be above 75 percent, meaning lines could get long at the polls. Ballot boxes and other support has been increased in certain areas where high numbers are expected.
“We’ve been working with them all week on having sufficient numbers of equipment, lines, poll workers,” Merrill said.
To keep things moving officials urge voters to show up early, study a sample ballot beforehand, and most importantly, double-check to make sure you are registered to vote.
“If you have name, address and birth date, you log in and make sure your registration is there so you’ll be on the rolls,” Merrill said. “Biggest complication comes when someone gets there and says ‘well I should be on the list’ and somehow they’re not on the list.”
You have until 11 p.m. to register online. Click here to check your registration, or register to vote (if you have a Connecticut ID).