HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says 74 percent of registered voters in Connecticut turned out to cast their ballots in the recent presidential election.

While the figure is slightly lower than the state’s 78 percent turnout for the 2008 presidential election, she said Wednesday that Connecticut still ranks seventh in the U.S. this year for voter turnout.

The town of Bridgewater had the highest turnout in the state, with 94.75 percent of voters going to the polls.

Merrill said she was pleased with the turnout considering the challenges after Superstorm Sandy hit the state, leaving many polling places without electricity in the days leading up to the election.

Merrill also officially certified the election winners. A full statement of the vote, including the tallies, will be published in January.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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