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.
The November 8th election is an important one for gun owners, especially here in Connecticut. It is imperative that all CCDL members and supporters vote for pro2A candidates in this election.
If you are not yet registered to vote, there is still time to register, but you MUST hurry. The deadline for voter registration is tomorrow, November 1st. Online registration is simple, just go to the following link and follow the directions:
If you are not sure if you are registered or not, you may check here:
You may also register in person with the registrar of voters in your town or city. Offices are usually located in your town hall, and will be open from 9am until 8pm on November 1st to accommodate any last minute registrations.
There are also still plenty of opportunities to help pro2A candidates get elected.
Candidates still need people to help wave signs, work the polls, and various other last minute tasks that can mean the difference between winning and losing. Check out CCDL's list of endorsed candidates, find one or two in your town or close by, and volunteer to help. It's fun, it's easy, and it's great being around like-minded people. Be sure to tell them CCDL sent you!
CCDL Endorsed Candidates:
Today is the last day to register to vote online or by mail in time to cast a ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. People may register online or by mail if postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 21. To register online, visit www.voterregistration.ct.gov
If you are not sure if you are registered already, or don’t know where to vote, you can check that here.
All registrars of voters’ offices in Connecticut will hold a statewide in-person voter registration session on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
You may also register on election day, but not at the polls.
Contact your local registrar of voters or your town hall for more info on these sessions.
More information can also be found on the Secretary Of The State’s website at www.sots.ct.gov
CCDL can’t stress enough just how important this election is to gun owners. You, and everyone you know MUST get out on November 4th and vote for the CCDL-endorsed candidates. Polls will be open that day from 6am until 8pm. If you don’t know where you are supposed to vote, you can look it up here.