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Election Day Registration Called A Success

by Hugh McQuaid | Nov 6, 2013 11:25pm
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Posted to: Election 2013, Election Policy

CTNJ file photo Although the officials numbers are still being tallied by the Secretary of the State’s Office, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called Connecticut’s first year allowing Election Day voter registration an encouraging step in the right direction.

Lawmakers voted to allow same day registration during last year’s legislative session, but Tuesday’s municipal elections were the first time local registrars were actually signing up new voters on Election Day.

In a Wednesday statement, Malloy called the results encouraging.

“The positive response from both town officials and voters to yesterday’s first-time use of same-day registration is exactly why this change is so important — it helps ensure that all citizens have a voice in their government,” he said. “. . . Improving voter turnout and participation means ensuring people have fair access to the ballots, and I’m glad that Connecticut is moving in this encouraging direction.”

A spokesman for Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Election Day registration numbers were still being tallied Wednesday and declined to give out any numbers. However, a spreadsheet of preliminary turnout numbers compiled before polls closed Tuesday night suggests that more than 1,600 people registered to vote.

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posted by: Art Vandelay | November 7, 2013  9:01am

My guess is that the majority of the 1,600 same day registrants were inner city Democrats.  No need for the Democrats to comb the graveyards in this years election.  If the governor’s race is close next year I’m sure the Democrats will make sure there is a shortage of ballots in Bridgeport so they can keep the polls open an extra hour.  It will give them time to print more ballots and fill them with names from the local graveyards. Democrats know how to vote early and often.

posted by: gutbomb86 | November 7, 2013  2:29pm

gutbomb86

Art your comments never seem to anything to these stories aside from inaccurate and unsupported accusations about people who you don’t like. Just FYI, maligning the Democrats for things your own party does all the time is pretty thin.

I wonder if ctnewsjunkie would encourage more civil discourse by charging people for the privilege to comment here. It’s remarkable to me that people comment below news stories and op-eds without even reading them first.

posted by: Art Vandelay | November 7, 2013  2:34pm

To Gutbomb86,
I’m just telling it like it is with the Democrats in Connecticut.  The ends justify the means. If Suzy B. did the proper thing and closed the polls in Bridgeport two years ago, Foley would have been governor and we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in today.

posted by: gutbomb86 | November 7, 2013  2:47pm

gutbomb86

No, Art, you’re telling it the way you want it to be. You and some of the others who comment here seem to be trying to publish as many comments as you can that fit within the false narrative that you believe has befallen your lot in life. You have zero evidence of voter fraud but you spout about it anyway. Blah blah. Keep at it. There’s plenty of room on the Internet for you to fill up with angry nonsense. And without anonymous comments spouting falsehoods, mischaracterizations and paranoia, where would guys like Rush Limbaugh and the other right-wing radio idiots get their material?

posted by: DirtyJobsGUy | November 7, 2013  4:16pm

The old big city machines used to buy votes with free beer (which is why good government types had the bars closed on election day).  Once drunk they could be loaded in wagons and voted in several precincts one after the other.  Once progressives thought this was terrible, but now they want to make sure that everyone who couldnt even make the effort to register can be trucked to the pols.

posted by: justsayin | November 7, 2013  4:53pm

Same day registration is nothing but election manipulation. Based on exit polling ANY party (mostly democrat)can target certain areas to influence voter turn-out. That is not good.

posted by: robn | November 8, 2013  12:37pm

If you look at the New Haven results (link below) you’ll see that in a high turnout for a heated race, only about 200 of CT’s 1600 same-day-registering were in NH.
In a race with about 20,000 total votes, 200 votes is 1% and not statistically significant given the 10% margin of win.
Absentee ballots (if you fall into the AB-abuse camp) might be considered differently but even then, in this race they comprised 5% of the total vote and isn’t close to the 10% margin of win.

Strangely, in a race that was Harp 55%, Elicker 45%, both the ABs and the SDR skew Harp 62%, Elicker 38%. I find that coincidence very peculiar but have no idea what it might mean.

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