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Time To Open Primaries To Unaffiliated Voters

Time To Open Primaries To Unaffiliated Voters

Tuesday, thousands of voters went to the polls for the primary elections, selecting the Democratic and Republican candidates for the November ballot. Many more, including me, could not participate in this important act of representative democracy.

Are we bad citizens, lazing about during an important moment in history? No, or at least not all of us. But for all of us, the ability to vote Tuesday wasn’t there. Unfortunately, the primary polls are only open to registered Democrats and Republicans.

Behold: the unaffiliated voter.

When it comes to Connecticut voter registration, unaffiliated voters are the largest voting block. The...

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