Voter turnout for the 2018 midterm election was 66.32 percent, according to the Secretary of the State's website. The results are based on 704 out of 744 precincts reporting.
"We all expected there to be somewhat of a larger turnout. This was really stunning," Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Wednesday morning. "It surpassed recent memory in terms of a midterm election. Usually, they are between 55 and 65 percent. It looks like when we get the final number in it will be well past that,
Merrill said voter turnout traditionally is lower for midterm elections than when there is a vote for president.
"Generally in Connecticut, we'll get between a 55 and a 65 percent turnout in a midterm election, so 20 percent by mid-morning -- maybe people are beating the rain, you can't tell -- but it's high," Merrill said Tuesday.
Voter turnout for presidential elections is around 75 or 80 percent in Connecticut, according to Merrill.
“Many of them young, new voters, so we have a big surge in 18- to 24-year-olds,” she said, adding that many of the registrations are coming through the Department of Motor Vehicles now.
Merrill said there was a big surge in voter registration with more than 300,000 since 2016, including 90,000 18- to 24-year-olds even before same-day registration.