Election Day Underway in Connecticut

Election Day is here and polls in Connecticut are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters will decide between Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein for president. In six straight presidential elections, Connecticut has voted for the Democrat, going back to President Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign. The Hillary Clinton campaign hopes to make it seven straight as she and Republican nominee Donald Trump vie for the state's seven electoral votes.

Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal is running for reelection for his US Senate seat against Republican challenger, Bethel state Rep. Dan Carter.

There are also local races on the ballot in some districts.

There are 2.1 million registered voters in Connecticut, which surpasses the number of the 2008 election. Officials are expecting a large turnout and there will be long lines at some locations.

As of 1:20 p.m., the Secretary of the State's Office is reporting statewide average voter turnout at 29 percent. The number are very preliminary and 115 of the 169 cities and towns in Connecticut have reported, including some of the state's largest cities.

"Based on what we have heard from a number of towns and cities this morning, it looks like turnout may be quite high. If anyone is still waiting, get out and vote!,” Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said in a statement. 

Unregistered voters can register on Election Day at specific locations in their town or city. These locations are not the same as polling locations and will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is urging people who want to register on Tuesday to show up at their local voter registration site as early as possible, warning there might be lines.

You must be registered and in line to vote at your polling location by 8 p.m. or you will not be able to vote. To check your polling location, visit myvote.ct.gov.

Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Secretary of the State’s Voter Information Election Day hotline at 1-866-733-2463.

The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters are monitoring issues at the polls. Report any concerns to them by calling 860-521-3030.

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