What you need to know about voting in August's Presidential Primary

What you need to know about voting in August's Presidential Primary

Connecticut Presidential Primary Voter Elegibility August 11 Image

UPDATE: Due to public health concerns regarding COVID-19, Governor Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut's Primary has been postponed from it's original date on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 to Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Will You Be Eligible to Vote in August's Presidential Primary?

Updated April 18, 2020

Connecticut’s Presidential Primary is now on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. In order to vote in a Connecticut primary election, our laws require voters to be enrolled in the party holding the primary. If you are registered with a party and want to switch to a different one, there is a 3-month waiting period to gain voting privileges in the new party. For example, if you wanted to change from a party to vote in this year’s Presidential primary on August 11th, the deadline to change is May 11th and you still have time to do so. 

What About “Unaffiliated” Voters Or “Independent” Voters? 

Not sure whether you’re unaffiliated or whether you’re a member of the Independent Party of Connecticut? You can verify your party affiliation on the state’s Look Up tool: https://portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx

Unaffiliated voters—who have not been enrolled in any party for at least 3 months—may enroll in a political party online or by mail up until August 6, 2020, or in person by 12:00 PM on August 10, 2020, at your registrar’s office. If you are a member of the Independent Party of Connecticut and wish to vote in the Presidential Primary of either major party, you must change your affiliation by May 11, 2020.

Eligible citizens can change their party affiliation at voterregistration.ct.gov . 

Attention Connecticut 17 Year Olds!

If you are a U.S. citizen and a Connecticut resident who will turn 18 by Election Day, November 3, 2020, you are eligible to participate in the Presidential Primary on August 11, 2020.  You can register online with a DMV-issued ID at voterregistration.ct.gov  or download the voter registration form in English or Spanish and mail it.  Visit https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS for more information about voting in Connecticut.

PRIMARY DAY: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 6 am to 8 pm

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 6 am to 8 pm

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