Denise Merrill

Office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is predicting a higher than normal voter turnout in the state this November because of increased public interest in the presidential election. She says her office is making plans to ensure that problems that happened in past elections, such as not having enough ballots at some polling places, won’t happen this year.

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Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s office says members of the public have been asking about the “uncommitted” line on Tuesday's presidential primary ballot.

Merrill says the ballot line allows eligible voters to ask Connecticut delegates to decide for them at the Democratic and Republican Party conventions.

“It’s interesting because that ‘Uncommitted’ line has always been there, but it has never attracted any interest from anyone except this year. 

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Connecticut’s Secretary of the State Denise Merrill released a report today that measures the civic life of Connecticut residents in the democratic process and community life. Merrill worked on the report with Wesleyan University and the non-profit research group Data Haven.  

Its findings show people with less income or education are significantly less likely to engage in politics. Merrill said that’s typical for Connecticut.

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Bridgeport, Connecticut mayor Bill Finch said he’ll go to court to challenge a decision from the Secretary of the State saying he cannot appear on the ballot this November as a third-party mayoral candidate.

Connecticut primary pulled just 20 percent of voters

Aug 18, 2014

In Connecticut's statewide Republican primary last week, just 20 percent of eligible voters in Connecticut showed up at the polls. The overall low turnout raises some questions about what could be done differently.