Connecticut voter turnout could exceed predictions

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says it appears likely that voter turnout will be higher than the 55 percent she first predicted.

Merrill said a survey by her office of cities and towns at 5 p.m. on Tuesday showed 55 percent of registered voters had already gone the polls. Merrill said if that pace holds up, turnout could be “up and around 65 percent.”

About 1.96 million registered voters were eligible to cast ballots for governor, U.S. representatives, state lawmakers and state constitutional officers including attorney general.

Unaffiliated voters make up the largest voting bloc — about 818,000. There are nearly 713,000 registered Democrats and about 407,500 registered Republicans.

Merrill attributed the bump in turnout to recent legislation allowing people to register and vote on Election Day.

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