Monday, November 5, 2012
New Haven has more than 70,000 voters!
NEW HAVEN — City voter registration has topped 70,000 for the first time in 15 years, Democratic Town Chairwoman Jacqueline James said Monday.
The total as of the Nov. 1 registration deadline was 71,371, said James, who also serves as New Haven’s Ward 3 alderwoman and as president pro-tempore of the Board of Aldermen.
The last time registration surpassed 70,000 in overwhelmingly-Democratic New Haven was in 1997, when the number of registered voters was 71,116. For the 2008 U.S. presidential election, New Haven had 65,809 voters.
The growth in registration was largely the result of a concerted effort among party leaders and volunteers, James said. The number of registered voters as of September was 62,931 -- with more than 7,000 additional voters sign up in less than two months, she said.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill reported that more than 200,000 new voters had registered statewide since the beginning of this year.
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.
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