Political leaders stress importance of municipal elections

(WTNH) — Municipal elections usually don’t bring the voters out like the state and federal ones do.

However, Secretary of State Denise Merrill says voter registration in Connecticut is actually at record-high levels.

“We have registered over 100,000 people just at the DMV new system alone in the last year so that has translated into a registration of almost 2.2 million,” she said.

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Polls typically see the rush early in the morning, again at lunch time, and once again heading into the rush hour crunch.

In New Haven, Mayor Toni Harp is seeking a third term and all thirty seats on the Board of Alders are up for election as well.

Her message to voters was that every vote matters. “The part of government that affects people the most is local government and it’s important that you go out, that you vote, that you have a connection to people who will be making decisions that most readily affect your life,” Mayor Harp said.

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Governor Dannel Malloy also hit the polls. He says he does not expect people to vote based on national trends.

“I think local elections are just that. They’re local,” he said. “I think choice of mayor or first selectman towns make a decision whether they like a person. He or she is the leader for that time for that place. I’ve always found them to be reflective of local issues opposed to national trends quite frankly.”

Polls are open until 8 p.m.

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