Both parties will select a nominee for governor. On the Democratic side, Ned Lamont of Greenwich, who founded a company that provided cable television to college campuses, is battling Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, who is mounting a political comeback after his release from prison in 2010 on federal corruption charges. He served seven years of a nine-year sentence following his conviction in 2003.
The Republican gubernatorial contest is a five-way brawl featuring Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, technology entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik, former GE executive Bob Stefanowski and former hedge fund manager David Stemerman.
The winners of each party’s primary contest will move on to the general election in November.
There are also important primaries for other statewide offices, including lieutenant governor, attorney general and state treasurer. Additionally, Republicans have primaries for comptroller and U.S. Senate. Both parties will hold primaries in the 5th Congressional District, which includes a large chunk of the western swath of the state, from the Farmington Valley to Danbury. And there are also primaries in legislative districts around Connecticut.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Who can participate?
Connecticut has closed primaries, which means only those registered with a party can vote on Tuesday.
The deadline for new or previously unaffiliated voters to register with a party is noon on Monday, if they register in person at their local town hall.
New or previously unaffiliated voters who want to register online at myvote.ct.gov/register must do so by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday. Voters who choose to register at the Department of Motor Vehicles have until the close of business on Thursday. And if you want to register by mail, your application must be postmarked by Thursday.
To check if you are registered or to find your polling place go to myvote.ct.gov/lookup.
What if I’m a registered Democrat and want to switch to vote in the Republican primary or vice versa?
You’re too late. That deadline already passed.
What kind of identification should I bring to the polls?
You do not need a photo ID to vote in Connecticut, according to guidance provided to the state’s voter registrars by the secretary of the state’s office.
Valid forms of ID include a Social Security card or any preprinted form of identification that shows a name and address or includes a name and signature or a name and photograph.
The identification card does not need to be issued by the government to be deemed valid: a student ID, an employee ID or any other form of identification that includes any one set of the requirements listed above is acceptable.
Voters also can sign a sworn statement attesting to their identity.
Are there any exceptions to these rules?
Yes, a different set of requirements applies in certain cases in the 5th District and the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, because they are federal races. Under the terms of the Help America Vote Act, certain first-time voters may be required to provide valid photo identification that shows their name or address or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows their name and address.
I’m only 17, but I’ll turn 18 by Nov. 6, Election Day. Can I vote in the primary?
Yes. Voters who are at least 17 but will turn 18 on or before Election Day can vote on Tuesday if they are registered.
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