Officials: Voter registration in CT is up

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Voter registration is up in Connecticut as the November elections draws closer.

Officials at the Stamford's Government Center say they've registered more than 2,000 voters in the city alone. State officials say it's part of a larger trend.

According to the secretary of the state's office, more than 275,000 new voters have registered in Connecticut since the 2016 elections, which is unprecedented for a non-election cycle. Compared to the last midterm election cycle, more than 130 percent more Democrats and over 160 percent more Republicans have registered, but officials say the biggest chunk of new voters are somewhere in the middle.

Stamford registrar Lucy Corelli says she hopes the jump in registrations translates to turnout in November.

Stuart Wells, Norwalk's voter registrar, says he think the biggest influence has been the advent of voting online, along with some changes at the DMV.

If you registered with a party and want to vote in the Aug. 14 primary, but you don't think you'll be able to make it to the polls, absentee ballots are available starting this week. You can head to your local town clerk's office to apply.

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