What’s on the ballot and how to vote in Connecticut’s Primary

Connecticut may be known as a campaign fundraising powerhouse that rarely deviates from electing Democrats statewide, but even its primary Tuesday is attracting the attention of former President Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Trump made a late endorsement in the Republican Senate primary race. Its winner will challenge Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat the former president has turned his attention to.

The three-way Republican contest isn’t the only competitive race on the ballot.

Here’s a refresher on the voting rules and what’s at stake.

The registration deadlines for personal voting and requests for absentee voting have passed. Connecticut does not have same-day registration for the primary, although it does for the general election.

You must be registered with a political party to vote in the primary election. The cutoff for switching parties is three months before a primary election.

Absentee voting without an excuse is no longer available in Connecticut, which mailed ballots to all voters at the start of the pandemic. A referendum would be required to be reinstated.

Click here to find your assigned polling place. Absentee ballots must be returned – by mail or by hand to drop boxes or local clerks – no later than Tuesday at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, which is also when polling places close for in-person voting.

Republicans will win the field of candidates for the Senate, the House in southwestern Connecticut and secretary of state, an open seat to determine who will oversee the election.

Democrats have competitive primaries for state treasurer and secretary of state.

Voters will also decide various intra-party races for the Connecticut Legislature. Click here for your sample vote.

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