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
Elsa Peterson Obuchowski