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Connecticut tops 2 million registered voters

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Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says voter registration in Connecticut is outpacing past years. (WFSB) Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says voter registration in Connecticut is outpacing past years. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says voter registration in Connecticut is outpacing past years.

The Democrat announced Friday that more than 2 million people have registered to vote in advance of the Nov. 8 presidential election. In 2008, Connecticut had not registered more than 2 million people until early October.

Merrill says her office is working to register people online, at the Department of Motor Vehicles, at community centers, schools and elsewhere. She says help is available for people who still want to register to vote. The deadline to register Nov. 1.

Among the state's active voters, the majority - 783,471 - are registered as unaffiliated with any political party. They're followed by Democrats, who number 765,471, and Republicans, who have 437,796 registered voters in Connecticut.

The push to register people to vote has hit social media. Facebook is now posting a page where you can register in just a few minutes and while it’s aimed at everyone. It may be an attempt to get more young people to vote.

"I don't use Facebook as much as I used to, but I think it’s a good things and for other social media websites,” University of Connecticut student Kevin Lin said.

Lin said he just turned 18-years-old and registered to vote. Lin said being able to register with the help of social media definitely makes it easier.

"On-line voter registration is the largest way to get people registered to vote,” Merrill said. “We have well over 100 thousand people in the last 18 months."

Merrill said there's been a big push to register people, especially younger voters.

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