Connecticut Primary Election Guide 2020
Connecticut’s primary is scheduled for Aug. 11 and this will be the first time every eligible voter has the opportunity to vote via absentee ballot or in-person.
There is still a presidential primary despite the presumptive nominees being President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. For Democratic voters the choices that still remain on the ballot are Biden, Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard.
For Republicans the choices are Trump and Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente.
In addition, there are a handful of other primaries including the 1st congressional district, the second congressional district and some state Senate and state House of Representatives seats for both Republicans and Democrats.
The Secretary of the State office mailed out absentee ballot applications to all eligible party members. The applications are prepopulated with voter information and a unique barcode. The Secretary of the State office is using a portion of the federal CARES Act funding to pay return postage for the applications.
The applications are processed by local town clerks and entered into a statewide database system. Again the postage will be paid to send the ballots to eligible voters and return postage will also be covered.
However, there was a mix-up in processing absentee ballotapplications and more than 20,000 voters who requested one still haven’t received a ballot, according to the Hartford Courant.
Any Connecticut resident who is a registered Republican or Democratic Party member had the option to vote in the primary. Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order that allows the pandemic to be a valid reason for voting absentee. The state legislature also passed the same rules for the general election in November.
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