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Nearly 90,000 New Voters Register in Connecticut in Advance of Presidential Election

North Haven has added 505 new voters so far this year and the registrars say they expect more and more every day.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill Tuesday marked National Voter Registration Day by reporting that since Jan. 1, 2012 nearly 90,000 new voters have registered in Connecticut making themselves eligible to vote in the November 6th general election, according to a press release.

In North Haven, 505 voters were added to the rolls between Jan. 1 and Sept. 24. In North Haven, according to the registrars of voters, of the approximately 24,000 residents, 15,252 are registered to vote as of Sept. 25.

Just Tuesday, 12-15 new voters were added via mail-in and walk-in registrations, said Democratic Registrar Patty Jackson-Marshall. She said a presidential year always sees a major uptick in registrations.

"People watch the conventions and the debates and they come in and either change their party, or they register, or they register their kids," she said. "We always see it in a presidential year, plus we have an exciting race at the state level."

North Haven voter totals:

Party Total Democrats 3,732 Republicans 3,719 Unaffiliated 7,766 Other 35

Merrill also marked the day by outlining an unprecedented effort to turn the 2012 Presidential election into a teachable moment for Connecticut primary and secondary school students. 

The Connecticut Election Project – launched this fall by Secretary Merrill – has developed a multi-faceted curriculum for elementary through high school teachers to involve students in the many lessons to be learned through the election process. 

From the science of public opinion polling to voter trends, media and money in politics and the administration of elections – dozens of teachers from across the state have been using the elections to teach their students these lessons playing out in real-time.  Information on the project is online at www.sots.ct.gov

“Now we are coming into the time of year when many people are beginning to focus on the critical questions facing our country and our state as we head to the polls on November 6th,” said Secretary Merrill, Connecticut’s chief elections official. “We can see that nearly 2,000,000 people are registered to vote in our state with nearly 90,000 new voters since the beginning of this year.  This is going to be a big turnout election and it is critical that we reach out to the newer generation of voters through efforts like the CT Election project.  This way students can learn about elections not as history – but as events happening right in front of their very eyes.  I am very proud to mark National Voter Registration Day by strengthening our efforts to improve civic education.  And Eligible voters in Connecticut should know: you still have until October 30th to register for the Presidential election.  Make sure your voice is heard – register to vote today!”

Since January 1, 2012, more than 89,823 new voters have registered in Connecticut.  As was the case in 2008, young people (18-29 years-old) represent the largest group of new voters in the state with 39,277 registering so far this year.  Currently, there are 1,992,285 active registered voters in Connecticut.  Among newly registered voters some 30,736 registered as Democrats and 17,115 registered as Republicans, while 39,602 registered as unaffiliated.  The Office of the Secretary of the State maintains an aggressive voter registration program working closely with community groups, high schools, universities and others to expand civic involvement among Connecticut residents.

Secretary Merrill encourages voters to go online to www.sots.ct.gov to find out if they are registered to vote and where their polling place is located.  Absentee ballots will also become available to registered Connecticut voters by October 5, 2012.  Polls will be open for the Presidential election from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on November 6, 2012.

To register to vote in North Haven

You must meet the following requirements:

  • be a U.S. Citizen,

  • a resident of North Haven,

  • and be at least 17 years old (must turn 18 before primary/Election day)

Any resident who meets the above requirements may register to vote any weekday in person at either the ROV Office or the Town Clerk Office in Town Hall.  In addition, voter registration cards can be downloaded from the town website (see below). Once completed, these forms may be mailed or delivered in person to the Registrars’ Office or dropped off at Town Hall reception desk.

From the registrars' website:

Important Voter Registration Dates for the November 6, 2012 Presidential Election

Saturday, October 20, 2012:  Special Saturday Voter Registration Session: 10 a.m. – 2 p. m, Town Hall, ROV Office 2nd Floor. Please bring ID

Tuesday, October 23, 2012:  Registration by MAIL – DEADLINE.

Mailed voter registration applications must be postmarked or received by this date for the applicant to be entitled to vote in the November 6th Presidential Election.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012:  Last day to register IN-Person* Special Voter Registration Session: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Town Hall, ROV Office, 2nd Floor. Applicants must appear IN–PERSON; please bring ID

Monday, November 5, 2012:  Limited Registration Session

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Town Hall, ROV Office, 2nd Floor. Please bring ID.

*This is a voter registration session limited to those applicants whose qualifications as to age (18), U.S. citizenship, or town residence was attained since October 30, 2012 (deadline for in-person voter registration). 

Pat Shane September 25, 2012 at 06:48 PM
There is nothing wrong with requiring an ID to vote. HOWEVER There IS something wrong with implementing this new law 9 months before a presidential election. If voter fraud was so rampant in the last election, why didn't the GOP rush to pass this law immediately after the 2008 election? Wait until the 2016 election to impose this, that way it will give people 4 years to get their act together, and THEN you can give them the 'you have no excuse' treatment. Watch the video and sign the petition to end Voter Suppression. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9TjVsQa57c
MAC September 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Anyone un or under employed should definitely get registered, so they can vote for Romney/Ryan, "America's Comeback Team." Please also replace 22 yr. incumbent DeLauro with WAYNE WINSLEY, a navy vet and principled man of integrity! www.winsleyforcongress.org Obama, unrestrained by another election, would double down on his disastrous and FAILED "leadership" of our once great nation, turning it into a DYSTOPIA which we will not recognize as anything resembling the FREE nation we grew up in! Unfortunately, Obama has no respect for the Constitution, the "Separation of Powers" etc., and instead is totally committed to his misguided zero-sum ideology of DIMINISHING U.S. prosperity because he believes America must become poorer in order for people in third world nations to do better. The economic devastation of his first term might be minor compared to the havoc and "Dystopia" an unrestrained Obama will wreak through his un-Constitutional Executive Orders and the bureaucratic "Regulations" with which he ^^steals our Liberties^^, such as in the "HealthCare Mandate" imposed by K. Sebelius. And all that could be dwarfed by the takeover from within, by Muslim Brotherhood and other Muslim Terrorists who Obama has welcomed into the WH, while he will not allow our military and Nat'l Security agencies to even name these THREATS as what they are!!! Tonight 8 p.m. Pt 2 "The Project" documentary on TheBlaze.com/tv. Free 2 wk. trial avail. (or Dish Network 212)

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