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  [CT] Voter Registration Continues Record Pace
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Last EditedArmyDem  Apr 01, 2008 08:16am
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News DateFriday, March 28, 2008 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Descriptionby Genghis Conn

Voters are continuing to register at a record pace even after the 2/5 primary, the Secretary of the State reported today in a release. Here’s how it breaks down:

“There is an incredible renewed sense of enthusiasm and interest in the political process,” said Bysiewicz. “The surge in voter registration we experienced before the February 5th primary has continued through March. This is great news as we head toward our goal of two million active registered voters for the 2008 presidential election.”

Currently, there are 1,941,035 registered voters in Connecticut. Among newly registered voters nearly 9,000 Democrats and 2,600 Republicans registered to vote. Additionally, more than 8,000 unaffiliated voters registered. Of the nearly 20,000 newly registered voters, more than 4,500 are between the ages of 18 and 29. Since February 5th, among newly registered younger voters, Democratic registration has outpaced Republican registration: 2,311 to 469.

The three major categories of voters look like this at the moment:

Unaffiliated: 809,569
Democrats: 710,424
Republicans: 415,092

Let’s compare this to 2004:

Unaffiliated: 876,538
Democrats: 670,356
Republicans: 438,554

And again, to 2000:

Unaffiliated: 773,605
Democrats: 643,822
Republicans: 452,654

These statistics show a clear trend away from both Republicans and unaffiliateds in the last four years towards the Democrats. The Lieberman-Lamont primary and the Obama-Clinton primary, I’m guessing, are two of the driving factors there.
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