Governor Lamont Orders Connecticut’s Presidential Primary Election Further Rescheduled to August 11
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that – in coordination with Secretary of the State Denise Merrill – he is ordering Connecticut’s 2020 presidential primary election to be rescheduled to Tuesday, August 11, 2020, due to the ongoing public health crisis caused by COVID-19. This is the second time the governor has rescheduled the presidential preference primary due to the pandemic. It was originally scheduled to be held April 28 and then ordered last month to be rescheduled to June 2.
The state is already scheduled to hold primaries for other federal, state, and local offices on August 11. Moving the presidential primary to this date will enable the presidential primary to appear on the same ballot as those other races.
“To protect the health and safety of voters, poll workers, and the most vulnerable populations, it just makes most sense to extend the date out to August,” Governor Lamont said. “I appreciate the continued contact with Secretary Merrill, as well as all of our town clerks and registrars who’ve worked with us each step of the way through this crisis to respond and make necessary adjustments.”
“I support the governor’s decision to move the primary to August 11 to coincide with our state and federal primary,” Secretary Merrill said. “This date change will allow us to make it easier to protect the health and safety of voters and local election officials, prepare for the anticipated increase in demand for absentee ballots, save towns money, and let voters make their voices heard in the presidential primary process, all by holding one primary instead of two.”
Governor Lamont will sign an executive order later today authorizing the date to be moved. It will be publicly noticed and published on the governor’s website at that time.
Town of Westbrook Notice
If you want to see if you are registered to vote, you can search online. Type your name and birth date in the box to search for your registration.
If you are registered to vote, you will get a response listing the Mulvey Municipal Center as your polling place.
If you are not registered, register online, or you can come into the Town Hall (866 Boston Post Road) to register in person.
Voter Registration Requirements
A person, in order to be admitted as an Elector in a Connecticut town, must meet the following requirements:
- Any citizen 17 years of age as of the next General Election may register, with such registration being effective on the citizen's 18th birthday. Those eligible 17 year olds who register with a party will be able to vote in a primary for that party
- Must be a bona fide resident of the town in which he seeks to be admitted
- A bona fide resident is one whose fixed home is in the town in which he applies and to which home or town he intends to return when he is temporarily away
- Must be a United States Citizen
- Must have attained the age of 18 years by Election Day
- Must not have been convicted of a disfranchising felony unless voting rights have been restored.
Registering to Vote
Those who qualify for enrollment may get a registration application from the Registrars of Voters Office, Westbrook Library, or from the Secretary of the State website.
Completed applications should be filled out online or returned to:
Registrars of Voters
866 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498
The Registrar's official office hours are Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
The office is open for business at various other times. Stop by or call ahead 860-399-3042 for an appointment.