Don’t believe everything you read – no, we are not having a mayoral primary Tuesday.
We are having a primary. It’s in District A only, as three Democrats seek two endorsements for Common Council candidacies. The Democrats who were endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee, Chris Yerinides and incumbent Council member Eloisa Melendez, are being challenged by Kadeem Roberts. If you are unaffiliated and you want to get in on that, you have until noon Monday to switch your voter registration.
So Friday, I got this wonderfully well-intentioned press release:
HARTFORD – Secretary of the State Denise Merrill reminded voters today that those eligible to vote and who wish to register to vote in time for the primaries have until 12:00 p.m. on Monday September 11th to register in person at their local Registrar of Voters office. Unaffiliated voters also have until 12:00 p.m. on Monday to enroll in a major party if they want to vote in that primary in their city or town.
Secretary Merrill said, “If your town is having a primary this Tuesday, make sure your voice is heard! If you think you are already registered to vote, or just aren’t sure, please go to myvote.ct.gov/lookup to make sure your registration is up to date.”
Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for municipal primaries in 31 communities on Tuesday September 12th. Voters can check their registration status and find their polling place at http://myvote.ct.gov/lookup.
Then there was this perfectly wonderful chart, showing where there are primaries – and in Norwalk, we are listed as having a mayoral primary.
That’s allegedly according to information submitted to the Secretary of State’s office by Sept. 7.
The press release didn’t come from an official source – if you subscribe to the Google Group CT News Wire you got it. I called the person listed as having sent the press release to ask is he is involved with the Secretary of State’s office but he didn’t call back.
I didn’t know that we were having a mayoral primary, so I sent a tongue-in-cheek email to Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells, who, dammit, played it straight with, “No. All we are having is a Democratic primary for District A Common Council.”
So, I wanted to have a little fun with it but, really, all I succeeded in doing is reminding anyone who read this far that there is an opportunity to vote Tuesday!