Nearly 3,000 Connecticut residents took advantage of same day voter registration this past Election Day. The November municipal election was the first time since the legislature approved Election Day Registration that people could cast ballots the same day. Secretary of the State spokesman Av Harris says people in nearly every town and city took part in the program.
He tipped his cap to local registrars for implementing the law in a way that could accommodate everyone who wanted to register and vote on the spot.
There were no complaints of problems lodged with the Secretary of the State's office and Harris says there weren't many complaints about the process taking took long. For those reasons, state officials consider the law a success.
Harris says that's also because 2,900 new voters were able to vote, who otherwise would not have been able to. In Danbury 36 new voters registered, 26 in Southbury and 19 in Bethel. 15 each in Brookfield and Monroe and 11 each in Ridgefield, New Milford and Bridgewater registered and voted on November 5th. 9 each in Redding and Sherman, 8 in New Fairfield, 6 each in Newtown and Wilton also participated in the program.
Harris says they weren't sure how many ballots would be needed because voter turn out tends to be lower when its not a statewide or congressional election. He adds that turn out also varies greatly from one municipality to another.