Final figures show new voter registration this year was less than for the last mid-term election in 2006 and far below the record tally of the 2008 presidential year.

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said the total number of new voters registered as of the Oct. 26 deadline for voting in Tuesday’s election was 83,000. The new voter tally in 2006 was 90,000, and in 2008 300,000.

Only 33 percent of new voters registered as Democrats this year, compared with 39 percent in 2006 and 43 percent in 2008. Twenty percent registered as Republicans, up from 16 percent in 2006 and 13 percent in 2008.

Unaffiliated voters accounted for 45 percent of the new registrations, about the same as in previous years.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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