Capitol Report: Will consolidating elections increase voter turnout?

Capitol Report

(WTNH) — Election Day is a week from Tuesday. Historically, municipal elections in odd years always have lower voter turnout than statewide and Presidential years. Last week, the idea of consolidating our elections came up.

Secretary of State Denise Merrill suggested that perhaps we have too many elections.

Connecticut gets a much greater voter turnout for national and state races, but changed the system would have its pros and cons.

The idea of moving municipal elections to even-numbered years also grabbed the attention of the Editorial Board at The Day Newspaper. They weighed the pros and cons:

“Right now, perhaps 1/3 of voters participate in municipal elections because 1/3 bother to follow these races. Will their vote be diluted by voters attracted to the polls only by the state or national campaigns?”

– The Day Newspaper

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