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More than 134,000 Connecticut residents registered to vote in October

By Secretary of the State's Office





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Young People Swell Rolls; Voter Turnout Could Reach as High as 90%

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, is announcing that record numbers of Connecticut citizens have registered to vote. Bysiewicz is also urging Connecticut residents to be prepared when they head to the polls.

“On Election Day we could see massive numbers of Connecticut residents head to the polls,” said Bysiewcz. “I am urging all voters to be prepared. Voters should make sure they have proper identification and know the location of their polling place. Of course, anytime we approach record voter turnout voters should leave plenty of time to vote.”

Secretary Bysiewicz is encouraging voters to visit www.vote-ez-ct.com to learn more about acceptable forms of identification or to help locate their polling place. If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail on or after January 1, 2003, and you have to vote in person you must present to the checkers either a current and valid photo identification that shows your name and address; or present a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

A surge in new voter registrations has pushed the total number of registered voters in Connecticut to over 2,097,000 –the highest such figures in state history. Specifically, since January 1st of this year, nearly 300,827 Connecticut residents have become newly registered voters. Of those, 122,006 new voters have registered as Democrats, 38,693 have registered as Republicans and 138,088 are unaffiliated voters.

In October, more than 134,000 new voters have registered for the November general election. The total number of registered voters in Connecticut is 2,097,635. The largest group of registered voters in Connecticut is unaffiliated, accounting for 883,274 voters. There are 779,784 registered Democrats and 427,020 registered Republicans.

2008 may well be remembered as the year of the young voter. Since January 1st, some 130,197 young people have become newly registered voters. Of those new younger voters, 53,375 have registered as Democrats, 13,666 have registered with the Republican Party and 62,198 who have signed up as unaffiliated.

“When it comes to voter registration in Connecticut this year has been like no other one in my tenure as Secretary of the State,” said Bysiewicz. “The incredible interest in this year’s election is reflected in the voter registration numbers. It is truly inspiring to see so many 18 year olds and 80 year olds registering to vote for the first time. Connecticut’s voters are ready, now it’s time to vote, vote, vote!”

TOTAL ACTIVE VOTER

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- -----------

A Better Future 3

A Connecticut Party 50

A Sentinel Party 35

Concerned Citizens 263

Connecticut For Lieberman 60

Democratic 779,784

Enfield Taxpayers Party 2

Friends Of Saybrook 20

Green 19,706

Independence 1,697

Independence For Montville 10

Independent 2,340

Libertarian 987

Norwich for Change 1

Orange Taxpayers 8

Pro-Bethel 5

Reform 106

Republican 427,020

Swing 1

Unaffiliated 883,274

Waterford Independent 1

Winsted Independent 44

Working Families 17

Working Families Party 1

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2,097,635


TOTAL NEW VOTERS REGISTERED SINCE 01/01/08


PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- -----------

A Connecticut Party 1

Concerned Citizens 5

Connecticut For Lieberman 39

Democratic 122,006

Friends Of Saybrook 1

Green 315

Independence 743

Independent 660

Libertarian 239

Reform 27

Republican 38,693

Unaffiliated 138,088

Winsted Independent 2

Working Families 7

Working Families Party 1

===========

300,827


NEW VOTERS AGE 18 TO 29 REGISTERED SINCE 01/01/08

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- -----------

A Connecticut Party 1

Concerned Citizens 1

Connecticut For Lieberman 18

Democratic 53,375

Green 178

Independence 318

Independent 291

Libertarian 137

Reform 10

Republican 13,666

Unaffiliated 62,198

Winsted Independent 1

Working Families 2

Working Families Party 1

===========

130,197


ACTIVE VOTERS BY CONGRESSIONAL PARTY

1st Congressional

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- ---------

A Connecticut Party 6

Concerned Citizens 21

Connecticut For Lieberman 35

Democratic 184,122

Green 305

Independence 42

Independent 228

Libertarian 157

Reform 7

Republican 71,062

Unaffiliated 159,715

Winsted Independent 44

Working Families 12

-----------

415,756


2nd Congressional

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- ---------

A Connecticut Party 11

A Sentinel Party 35

Concerned Citizens 12

Connecticut For Lieberman 3

Democratic 141,388

Enfield Taxpayers Party 2

Friends Of Saybrook 1

Green 521

Independence 298

Independence For Montville 10

Libertarian 280

Norwich for Change 1

Reform 11

Republican 92,003

Unaffiliated 205,507

Waterford Independent 1

Working Families 3

-----------

440,087

3rd Congressional

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- ---------

A Better Future 3

A Connecticut Party 6

Concerned Citizens 23

Connecticut For Lieberman 7

Democratic 171,806

Friends Of Saybrook 11

Green 447

Independence 369

Independent 287

Libertarian 128

Reform 42

Republican 64,891

Unaffiliated 179,997

Working Families 1

-----------

418,018


4th Congressional

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- ---------

A Connecticut Party 23

Concerned Citizens 12

Connecticut For Lieberman 7

Democratic 146,140

Friends Of Saybrook 4

Green 283

Independence 835

Independent 926

Libertarian 244

Orange Taxpayers 8

Reform 36

Republican 103,369

Unaffiliated 157,074

----------

408,961


5th Congressional

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- ---------

A Connecticut Party 4

Concerned Citizens 195

Connecticut For Lieberman 8

Democratic 136,350

Friends Of Saybrook 3

Green 350

Independence 153

Independent 901

Libertarian 178

Pro-Bethel 5

Reform 10

Republican 95,694

Swing 1

Unaffiliated 181,014

Working Families 1

Working Families Party 1

-----------

414,868



NEW VOTERS BY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AS OF 01/01/08

1st Congressional

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- ---------

Connecticut For Lieberman 27

Democratic 28,867

Green 68

Independence 1

Independent 65

Libertarian 41

Reform 2

Republican 6,748

Unaffiliated 26,359

Winsted Independent 2

Working Families 4

-----------

62,184



2nd Congressional

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- ---------Connecticut For Lieberman 1

Democratic 19,730

Green 83

Independence 134

Libertarian 66

Reform 7

Republican 8,574

Unaffiliated 30,678

Working Families 2

-----------

59,275

3rd Congressional

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- ---------

Concerned Citizens 1

Connecticut For Lieberman 4

Democratic 27,899

Green 60

Independence 201

Independent 101

Libertarian 31

Reform 2

Republican 6,212

Unaffiliated 27,915

----------

62,426

4th Congressional

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- ---------

A Connecticut Party 1

Concerned Citizens 3

Connecticut For Lieberman 3

Democratic 25,715

Friends Of Saybrook 1

Green 44

Independence 386

Independent 201

Libertarian 65

Reform 16

Republican 9,131

Unaffiliated 27,597

-----------

63,163


5th Congressional

PARTY COUNT

-------------------------------------------------- ---------

Concerned Citizens 1

Connecticut For Lieberman 4

Democratic 19,836

Green 60

Independence 21

Independent 295

Libertarian 36

Republican 8,033

Unaffiliated 25,600

Working Families 1

Working Families Party 1

-----------

53,888


Monthly Voter Registration Totals

JAN 22,404 MAY 14,435 SEP 43,243

FEB 19,603 JUN 12,916 OCT 134,502

MAR 8,784 JUL 17,280

APR 9,903 AUG 18,840




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