A record-number of active voters have registered in Connecticut for Tuesday’s election — 2,115,000.
That’s an increase of more than 10,000 voters over the previous record – 2,104,000 in 2008 for the election between Barack Obama and John McCain.
That’s also about 25,000 more active voters than were registered before the 2012 election between President Obama and Mitt Romney.
Citizens have until today to register online, by mail, or in person. Voters can still register in person on Election Day but might face long lines. Voters who register on election day will have to go to a specified location which may be different from the polling place where they cast their ballots.
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More unaffiliated voters have picked a side for this election. There were about 40,000 fewer unaffiliated active voters this year compared to four years ago. Many towns have had a decline in unaffiliated voters since 2012.
Numbers for registered Democratic and Republican voters swelled by 3 and 5 percent respectively.
Windham and Voluntown were among the towns with the sharpest decrease in Democratic voter registrations – about 19 and 15 percent, respectively.
Registrations for Democratic voters increased the most since 2012 in Mansfield (26 percent) and New London (17 percent).
Republican registrants increased the most in smaller towns like Thompson, Brooklyn, East Haddam and North Branford. Windham and Bridgeport were among the municipalities with the biggest declines in Republican registrations, at 20 and 12 percent respectively.
A huge number of voters changed their parties from unaffiliated to either Republican or Democratic this spring to participate in the primary elections. More than 11,600 unaffiliated voters switched to Republican and 16,000 unaffiliated voters switched to Democratic.
Starting with the spring primaries, when Republicans notched a record turnout, most towns have increased their Republican registration numbers, except Canaan, where they declined by 3 percent.
Democratic registrations also grew in all towns in Connecticut save Canaan and Meriden.