Rain doesn’t keep Connecticut voters from polls

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Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says roughly 40 percent of registered voters have turned out so far across Connecticut to cast their ballots.

The Democrat says Tuesday’s rainy weather hasn’t hampered turnout, which is typically about 55 percent to 65 percent in midterm elections. By mid-afternoon, about 8,000 people have used Connecticut’s same-day voter registration law, which allows them to register and vote on the same day.

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Polls close at 8 p.m.

Merrill says the election has been “smooth,” with the exception of damp ballots and lines in some polling places. She says most municipalities have ordered extra ballots.

Merrill says about 50,000 younger voters between the ages of 18 and 24 have registered to vote since the 2016 presidential election. That’s up from the usual 16,000 younger voters.

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