Letter: League of Women Voters urges all to vote in primary

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To the Editor:

The League of Women Voters of Norwalk reminds all voters that primary elections will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12. Connecticut will have statewide Republican primaries for governor, lieutenant governor, and comptroller.

Norwalk-wide there will be a Republican primary for Registrar of Voters: incumbent Karen Doyle Lyons is challenged by party-endorsed newcomer John Federici.

There will also be primaries for legislative seats, three of which involve Norwalk. Norwalk voters will decide which candidate’s name is on the ballot in November for the following State Representative seats:

137th Assembly District (incumbent Chris Perone) Democratic primary:

  • David Watts*
  • Chris Perone

 140th Assembly District (incumbent Bruce Morris) Democratic primary:

  • Bruce Morris*
  • Warren Peña

142nd Assembly District (incumbent Larry Cafero, not seeking re-election) Republican primary:

  • Emily Wilson*
  • Fred Wilms

 *denotes party endorsement

If you are not registered to vote, or need to re-register (for example, because you have moved), you may register online at the Secretary of the State website.

You may also register in person at the Registrar of Voters office in City Hall, or by mail. Mail-in registration forms are available at the Registrar of Voters office, or may be downloaded from the Secretary of the State website.

To be eligible to vote in the Aug. 12 primary, the deadline for mail-in and online registration is August 7. The deadline for walk-in registration (in person at the Registrar of Voters or Town Clerk’s office) is Aug. 11 no later than noon.

Voters who are not affiliated with a party (“independent” voters) who wish to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary may re-register and declare party affiliation until the above deadlines (Aug. 7 mail-in; Aug. 11 before noon in person). However, if you are already registered with party affiliation, you cannot switch parties to vote in the other party’s primary; the deadline for doing so was in May.

If you are unsure of your registration status, you may look it up on the Secretary of the State’s website.

If you need an absentee ballot, you may pick up an application from the Town Clerk’s office, or call (203) 854-7747 to have an application mailed to you. The actual absentee ballots will be available as of July 22nd to be mailed or picked up in person. New this year: persons with permanent physical disabilities may qualify for a permanent absentee ballot by submitting a letter from their physician or other health care professional.

For more information, contact the League of Women Voters of Norwalk at (203) 394-1710 or [email protected]   P.O. Box 644, Norwalk, CT 06852

Steering Committee, League of Women Voters of Norwalk

Christine Bisceglie

Missy Conrad

Jennifer Kalmanides

Donna Karnes

Diane Keefe

Rosaria Konstantine

Flora Major

Elsa Peterson Obuchowski

Mary Oster


2 responses to “Letter: League of Women Voters urges all to vote in primary”

  1. piberman

    Why does the League indicate incumbent or Party endorsement ? That constitutes preferential treatment going beyond identifying candidates, district and Party. And why a League of Women” voters in this day of gender equality ? An anachronism ? A League of Norwalk voters might attract more attention.

  2. EveT

    The League of Women Voters, founded in 1920, welcomes both men and women as active members. The League does not endorse any candidate or any party. The League indicates who is an incumbent and who is party endorsed because these are facts that voters need to know going into the election. Many voters do not know their district by number, they know it by the name of the incumbent State Representative. If you believe this letter constitutes preferential treatment, call or write the League and I imagine they will run your complaint by the state of CT League.

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