Nearly 600,000 Connecticut residents have already voted and a record number of people have registered to vote, so what’s motivating them to cast their ballot?

“Just I know as an American it’s our duty to vote and that’s mainly why I’m voting,” Tamara Mapp said.

Hartford residents Tamara Mapp and Deshawn Palmer are voting for the first time this year.

“I’m pretty excited. It’s different, I’ve never voted and I feel like this is going to be something that probably will change the way that I see the world,” Palmer said.

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