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Connecticut Voter Turnout Nears 56 Percent In November Election

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) - Connecticut officials report that nearly 56 percent of registered voters turned out for the November election.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says turnout was a "respectable" 55.6 percent and that nearly 14,000 new voters cast ballots using election-day registration, which was available for the first time in a statewide election.

Finalized figures show the town with the highest turnout was Cornwall at 74.8 percent and the lowest was Hartford at 32.2 percent.

Merrill said Wednesday that turnout in Hartford may have been affected by problems that forced several polling places to open late on Nov. 4.

Multiple polling stations in Hartford did not receive printed voter lists in time for the 6 a.m. start of voting, said Av Harris, spokesman for the secretary of the state's office.

The Hartford City Council has voted to create a committee to investigate the problems.

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