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Connecticut morning voter turnout near 17 percent

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WATERBURY, CT - NOVEMBER 2:  (L-R) Kim Santopietro, 36, of Wolcott, and Jim Vocolina, 42, of Ledger, and Kevin Turko, 24, of Marlborough, all volunteers for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy stand with signs outside John F. Kennedy High School November 2, 2010 in Waterbury, Connecticut. Malloy is the longtime mayor of Stamford who is running against Thomas Foley to succeed Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Among the races voters in Connecticut are deciding is the race between Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal and Republican Linda McMahon to succeed the retiring U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT).  (Photo by Christopher Capozziello/Getty Images)

WATERBURY, CT – NOVEMBER 2: (L-R) Kim Santopietro, 36, of Wolcott, and Jim Vocolina, 42, of Ledger, and Kevin Turko, 24, of Marlborough, all volunteers for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy stand with signs outside John F. Kennedy High School November 2, 2010 in Waterbury, Connecticut. Malloy is the longtime mayor of Stamford who is running against Thomas Foley to succeed Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Among the races voters in Connecticut are deciding is the race between Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal and Republican Linda McMahon to succeed the retiring U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT). (Photo by Christopher Capozziello/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut secretary of the state’s office says early ballot counts on Election Day show a voter turnout of nearly 17 percent.

The figures from Tuesday morning show turnout percentages in the teens in most towns. Some towns showed a turnout above 30 percent in the morning, while Wolcott reported that 81.5 percent of its nearly 2,600 registered voters had voted.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is expecting 55 percent of Connecticut’s 1.96 million registered voters to cast ballots for governor, U.S. representatives, state lawmakers and state constitutional officers including attorney general.

Unaffiliated voters make up the largest voting bloc — about 818,000. There are nearly 713,000 registered Democrats and about 407,500 registered Republicans.