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Decision day: Polls now open across Connecticut

November 6, 2018

Polls are now open across Connecticut.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Registered voters who are in line at 8 p.m. will be able to vote and should stay in line. Voters can find their polling places at myvote.ct.gov/lookup.

While the weather is not ideal, statewide turnput is expected to be higher than average.

The National Weather Service says fog and drizzle will start the day and will give way to increasing rain showersthrough the day. There could be a few thunderstorms as well. Heavy rain at times as well as gusty winds will be a possibility with some thunderstorms.

The best chance of rain is between 1 and 6 p.m., according to the NWS’s hourly forecast.

Connecticut voter registration is at its highest in more than 30 years heading into Election Day, data from the Secretary of the State’s office shows. A total of 2,165,229 voters are registered to vote.

Connecticut’s close governor’s race could also motivate voters to head to the polls. A poll by Hearst Connecticut Media and Sacred Heart University released Thursday found Bob Stefanowski leading Ned Lamont for the first time. But his small edge — just 2.4 percentage points — is within the margin of error, and all the other public polls have shown Lamont with a slight lead.

The Office of the Secretary of the State and the State Election Enforcement Commission jointly run an Election Day hotline. If voters encounter any problems at the polling place they should contact the hotline at (866) 733-2463 (866-SEEC-INFO) or elections@ct.gov.

For a list of all the candidates and all other important Election Day, visit the Secretary of State’s election page here

A national survey by Pew Research Center in September found that voter enthusiasm is at its highest level during any midterm in more than two decades. A separate poll by Gallup in September reached the same conclusion, finding 55 percent of voters are “more enthusiastic” than usual.

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