Secretary of the State Denise Merrill marked National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 25 by reporting that since Jan. 1, nearly 90,000 new voters have registered in Connecticut, making themselves eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

Ms. Merrill also outlined an unprecedented effort to turn the 2012 Presidential election into a teachable moment for Connecticut primary and secondary school students. The Connecticut Election Project — launched this fall by Ms. Merrill — has developed a multi-faceted curriculum for elementary through high school teachers to involve students in the many lessons to be learned through the election process.

From the science of public opinion polling to voter trends, media and money in politics, and the administration of elections, dozens of teachers from across the state have been using the elections to teach their students these lessons playing out in real-time.

Information on the project is online at

“Now we are coming into the time of year when many people are beginning to focus on the critical questions facing our country and our state as we head to the polls on Nov. 6,” said Ms. Merrill, who is Connecticut’s chief elections official. “We can see that nearly two million people are registered to vote in our state with nearly 90,000 new voters since the beginning of this year. This is going to be a big turnout election and it is critical that we reach out to the newer generation of voters through efforts like the CT Election project. This way students can learn about elections not as history, but as events happening right in front of their very eyes. I am very proud to mark National Voter Registration Day by strengthening our efforts to improve civic education.”

Eligible voters in Connecticut still have until Oct. 30 to register for the Presidential election.

The numbers

Since Jan. 1, more than 89,823 new voters have registered in Connecticut, bringing the total active registered voters in the state to about 1,992,285.

As was the case in 2008, young people (18-29 years-old) represent the largest group of new voters in the state with 39,277 registering so far this year.

Among newly registered voters, some 30,736 registered as Democrats and 17,115 registered as Republicans, while 39,602 registered as unaffiliated.

The total number of registered voters in the state includes 732,201 Democrats; 417,615 Republicans and 827,037 unaffiliated voters.

The Office of the Secretary of the State maintains an aggressive voter registration program working closely with community groups, high schools, universities and others to expand civic involvement among Connecticut residents.

Voters may  visit online to find out if they are registered to vote and where their polling place is located.

Absentee ballots will become available to registered Connecticut voters by Oct. 5.

Polls will be open for the Presidential election from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

As of Sept. 24, active voters in Connecticut include:

A Better Future, 6

A Connecticut Party, 4

A Sentinel Party, 26

Canterbury First, 2

Chatham Party, 9

Concerned Citizens, 184

Connecticut For Lieberman, 78

Democratic, 732,201

Enfield Taxpayers Party, 2

Friends Of Saybrook, 14

Green, 1,696

Guilty, 1

Independence, 800

Independence For Montville, 7

Independent, 10,909

Independent Choice, 1

Independent Party of Darien, 1

Libertarian, 1,332

Milford Independent Party, 3

Norwich for Change, 1

Pro-Bethel, 2

Realistic Balance, 3

Reform, 83

Republican, 417,615

Swing, 2

The Hampton Party, 1

Unaffiliated, 827,037

We The People, 46

Winsted Independent, 36

Working Families, 183

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