Registrar of Voters
Presidential Preference Primary
The Presidential Preference Primary will be held on April 28, 2020 for the State of Connecticut. Polling hours are 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Key Dates for the Presidential Primary
January 28, 2020May 13 – last day to change party affiliation (e.g., Democratic, Republican, Independent, Working Families or Green). If a party change is made after this date, you will NOT be eligible to vote in your new or old party primary. April 23, 2020August 8– Mail registration deadline to join a party (must have been Unaffiliated on January 28, 2020 and continuously thereafter up until request to join a party). April 27, 2020August 10– NOON – In-person deadline to join a party (must have been Unaffiliated on January 28, 2020 and continuously thereafter up until request to join a party).
Voting in a Primary
To vote in a party’s primary you must be a member of the party (e.g., Democratic, Republican, Independent, Working Families or Green)
If you are a party member and wish to vote in another party’s primary, you must change your party affiliation to the party in whose primary you wish to vote no later than three months before the date of that party’s primary.
If you are Unaffiliated (i.e., you are not a member of any party) on the last day for those who are a member of a party to change their party affiliation, you may join a party, and vote in that party’s primary:
- By mail, received by noon the day before the primary postmarked by the fifth day before the primary.
- In person, by noon the day before the primary.
- Note special rules for service personnel and those living outside the country.
Checking Your Party Status
You may check your party status with the Connecticut Secretary of State
The Registrars are not in the office on a full-time basis. Please leave a voice message or email us and we will respond as soon as we are available. When the Registrar Office is not available, the Town Clerk’s Office may be able to answer inquires regarding voter registration, absentee ballots, and election information. Please contact the Town Clerk's office at 203-245-5672.
The Registrars are elected every 2 years during the Gubernatorial or Presidential election. The position is defined by Connecticut General Statute 9-185 which allows for the election of two registrars for each municipality. The top vote recipients from each major party at the regular state election become registrars. The Office is responsible for federal, state, and local elections. This office also holds primaries and referendums as well as maintains all voter files, registers new voters, and conducts annual canvasses of voters.
Any persons interested in working at an election, please contact the Registrar's office at 203-245-5671, or by email.