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Politics What voters need to know about Tuesday’s primary

August 12, 2018

The day voters head to the polls to choose which candidates will appear on the November ballot in key races is finally here.

The primary is on Tuesday, and there’s some key information voters need to be prepared to cast those votes.

First, Connecticut has closed primaries. That means state residents need to be registered with either of the major parties to vote. The deadline for new or unaffiliated voters to register in person with the local registrar of voters or town clerk of the town of residence is noon on Monday.

It’s too late to register by mail or online, and the deadline to change parties to vote in the new party has already passed. There will not be election day registration available for the primary.

After figuring out your registration status, check the Secretary of the State website to find your polling location. The web address is portaldir.ct.gov/sots/LookUp.aspx. Polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. Anyone in line by 8 p.m. will be permitted to vote.

Before heading to the polls, make sure you have some form of identification. Valid forms of ID include a Social Security card or any pre-printed form of identification that shows a name and address or includes a name and signature or a name and photograph. That means student and employee identification cards count, but a photo is not required in Connecticut. Voters also can sign a sworn statement attesting to their identity.

If you’re a voter who lives in the 5th District, or is voting in the Republican primary there is a different set of identification requirements for voting in a federal primary. 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.

Voters who are 17 years old but turn 18 before the November election and are registered with a political party are allowed to vote in the primary.

kkrasselt@hearstmediact.com; 203-842-2563; @kaitlynkrasselt

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