Today, May 14, is the last day to change your party affiliation to vote in the state primary elections on August 14th.
You do not need to register with a political party to vote in the November general elections. However, you must be a member of a political party in order to vote in that party’s August primary. Primary elections determine what candidate will represent the political party in the general election.
So, say you are a Democrat or Libertarian gun owner, and you want to be able to vote in the Republican primary and help select a strong progun candidate to run in the November general election. Today is the last day to switch your party affiliation to Republican for the primary. You can always change back after the elections, and just because you register for one party doesn’t mean you have to vote for that party in the general elections. It just gives you the opportunity to vote in that party’s primary election.
Not sure if you are registered with a party? Use Connecticut’s voter registration lookup tool to check whether you are already registered with a party.
To register with a political party, complete a new Voter Registration and indicate your party choice in section 9.
To change your party registration, complete a new Voter Registration and indicate your new choice in section 9.
REMEMBER: There is a 3 month waiting period to change from one party to another. If you switch after today, you won’t be able to vote in the primary. This does not apply when switching from unaffiliated to party membership.
What is an unaffiliated voter?
Unaffiliated is the term used to refer to voters who are not registered with a political party. This term is used instead of referring to these voters as independent to avoid confusion with the Independent Party, which is an established political party. If you write Independent in section 9 of your Voter Registration, you will be registered as a member of the Independent Party. Unaffiliated voters have until 5 days before the primary to declare a party by mail. They can also declare a party in person up until 12 noon on the last business day before the primary.