Voters Head to Polls in Low Numbers | NBC Connecticut

Voters Head to Polls in Low Numbers



    Amanda Raus NBC Connecticut
    Voters turned out in low numbers at Rawson School in Hartford, Tuesday, Aug. 10. Most polling places around the state saw low voter turnout.

    Turnout was low on Tuesday as voters pick who will represent their party in November’s election.

    By 5 p.m., voter turnout was at about 20 percent, according to Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz. By the time all votes are counted, turnout will likely be 25 to 30 percent.

    Candidates on the ballot include hopefuls for governor, U.S. Senate and various state and local races.

    Polling places opened at 6 a.m. on Tuesday for the party primaries and will remain open until 8 p.m.
    Bysiewicz says more than 1.1 million voters are eligible to cast ballots. That figure includes nearly 10,000 unaffiliated voters who enrolled with either the Democratic or Republican parties this year.

    A voter must be registered with one of the two major parties to participate in the party primaries. Primary winners will appear on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

    Bysiewicz predicted a 30-percent turnout by the time the polls closed Tuesday.

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