Secretary of State Denise Merrill speaks during a news conference November 2nd in Bloomfield, Connecticut. WTIC
Connecticut Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Secretary of State Denise Merrill held a press conference today to remind voters who are voting by post or at a polling station of the state’s voting deadlines.
Merrill announced a very high turnout, with two days remaining in which Connecticut voters can still get a postal vote.
“With most of these ballot boxes in every city, usually in front of City Hall, we have returned over 600,000 postal ballots to date. You can put them in the ballot boxes until eight o’clock on election day. They are counted, but not until later in the day, ”Merrill said.
Merrill also announced a record high in voter registration for Connecticut, saying that over 2.3 million residents have registered to vote in that election.
“Typically around 75% of registered voters vote in a presidential election. I think this can be higher here in Connecticut. Many of them are first time voters, many are young people, we have the highest number of 18-24 year olds who have ever registered in any given period between 2016 and now, “said Merrill.
Election officials say they have recruited over 10,000 volunteers to enforce Covid-19 security guidelines at polling stations. Social distancing and masking are mandatory.
Connecticut voters can return their completed ballot in person or to a Dropbox on November 3rd at 8:00 p.m. local time.