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Secretary of State: Too Many Absentee Ballots Returned


By Anthony Zepperi, Staff Writer

As the Nov. 3 election gets closer, 455,861 absentee ballots have been returned, accounting for roughly 20 percent of Connecticut’s registered voters.

A total of 659,894 absentee ballots have been processed in the state for the November election, meaning they have been sent out to voters, but have not yet been returned to municipal registrars. There are about 2.28 million registered voters in Connecticut.

“There’s no frame of reference for this, because it’s the first general election in Connecticut history that anyone, who wanted an absentee ballot could get one,” Gabe Rosenberg, spokesperson for Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said. “In 2016, there were about 125,000 absentee ballots counted, and we’re still 10 days away from the election, and we’re at 455,000 returned with 10 days to go and at least another 200 ,000 outstanding  and there’s time still for more to get requested. Clearly, this is unprecedented.”

By the numbers, most of returned ballots are from registered Democrats (233,214). Registered Republicans have accounted for 67,707 ballots, and another 148,563 of the returned ballots are from unaffiliated voters.

“I just think it’s the enthusiasm of people to participate in the electoral process,” said Rosenberg. “And a little bit of fear of COVID that’s caused people to want to vote from absentee. Anecdotally, some voters have found that voting by absentee and dropping it in the drop box to be very convenient, and that they like voting that way.”

Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order early in the pandemic to mail absentee ballot applications to all 1.2 million registered Democrats and Republicans. Because there is nothing historically to compare this wave of absentee ballots, Rosenberg said there is no expectation for how many total absentee ballots will be cast by the end of the election.

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Hartford Residents Offered Same Day Registration


By Gordon Henry, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Because of the global pandemic, voters now have more options than ever to cast their ballot, state officials said on Wednesday.

Additionally, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Wednesday reminded eligible but unregistered voters that they can register and vote on electionb day in their towns.

“Connecticut has Election Day Registration, so it is not too late for eligible voters to register and make their voice heard on election day,” Merrill said. “Every election official in Connecticut, in my office and in each of our 169 towns, are working hard to ensure that every eligible voter can register and that every registered voter votes!”

The election day registration locations can be found at myvote.ct.gov/EDR.

Also, same day registration is available for new Connecticut voters or voters, who have moved to a new town; voters who have moved within their town do not need to reregister.

More information on Election Day Registration can be found at myvote.ct.gov/EDRInfo.

Unlike previous years, eligible voters only have to be in line by 8:00 p.m. in order to register and vote, they do not have to have registered by 8:00pm.

In order to register on Nov. 3, a potential voter must provide their birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, or social security card, or in the case of college and university students a current photo identification issued by their higher education institution.

If the potential voter’s identification does not also include proof of their residential address, he or she must also submit another form of identification showing their residential address in the municipality. The additional identification may include, but is not limited to, a motor vehicle learner’s permit, a utility bill due no later than 30 days after the election, for a college or university student a current college or university registration or fee statement, a lease, a library card with residential address, a paycheck, a property tax bill, naturalization documents, or other satisfactory proof of residence.

Eligibility requirements can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Voting-Eligibility.

Additionally, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Wednesday reminded eligible but unregistered voters that they can register and vote on electionb day in their towns.

“Connecticut has Election Day Registration, so it is not too late for eligible voters to register and make their voice heard on election day,” Merrill said. “Every election official in Connecticut, in my office and in each of our 169 towns, are working hard to ensure that every eligible voter can register and that every registered voter votes!”

The election day registration locations can be found at myvote.ct.gov/EDR.

Also, same day registration is available for new Connecticut voters or voters, who have moved to a new town; voters who have moved within their town do not need to reregister.

More information on Election Day Registration can be found at myvote.ct.gov/EDRInfo.

Unlike previous years, eligible voters only have to be in line by 8:00 p.m. in order to register and vote, they do not have to have registered by 8:00pm.

In order to register on Nov. 3, a potential voter must provide their birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, or social security card, or in the case of college and university students a current photo identification issued by their higher education institution.

If the potential voter’s identification does not also include proof of their residential address, he or she must also submit another form of identification showing their residential address in the municipality. The additional identification may include, but is not limited to, a motor vehicle learner’s permit, a utility bill due no later than 30 days after the election, for a college or university student a current college or university registration or fee statement, a lease, a library card with residential address, a paycheck, a property tax bill, naturalization documents, or other satisfactory proof of residence.

Eligibility requirements can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Voting-Eligibility.

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