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Registered Democrats and Republicans voting in Presidential primaries

It's Presidential Primary Day in Connecticut.  Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says of the 90,000 new voters who registered since last election day, over 45,000 are under the age of 30.  New registrations are running high toward the Democratic side.  Overall, registration in Connecticut is about 2 to 1 Democrat to Republican.


Only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican Primary today and registered Democrats vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary.  Some 800,000 unaffiliated voters in Connecticut are not taking part in the primaries today because of the closed voting system.  In Connecticut, there is a group called the Independent party.  If people don't want to chose either Republican or Democrat, they have to mark "unaffiliated" when registering. 


There is no same-day registration for primaries.  Merrill wants to save people a trip to the polls if they're unsure about their voter registration status.  She urged people to go to to find registration status and polling location.


If you don't have a driver's license, you can use any thing that has your name and address to identify yourself to a poll worker.


Connecticut is fairly late on the primary calendar, but relevant for the first time in years.  The candidates need a certain total of delegate in order to secure their party's nomination, and the front runners still haven't reached those targets.  55 Democratic and 28 Republican delegates are up for grabs in the Connecticut Presidential Primary today.  Merrill says there was a national agreement that if states put their primaries later in the year, they would be rewarded with more delegates.

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