Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has announced that there will be no Democratic Presidential Preference Primary, and that there will only be four candidates for the Republican Primary on April 24. No Democratic or Republican Presidential candidates sought primary petitions from the Secretary of the State’s office.
Registered Republicans will be able to choose on: Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul. Ms. Merrill will determine the order of the candidates on the Republican ballot by public lottery on Tuesday, March 20.
The Secretary of the State tabulates the primary returns, calculates the allocation of delegate positions to candidates, and certifies the results to the national and state parties and to the candidates. The procedure for the actual selection of the delegates is governed by the rules of each party.
Important dates in run-up to the primary:
On Tuesday, March 20, Ms. Merrill will determine the order of all candidates on the ballot by randomly drawing their names in a public ceremony.
Thursday, April 19, is the mail-in deadline for new voters and unaffiliated voters to enroll in a party to vote in its primary. For new voters, mail-in applications must be postmarked, or received by Registrar of Voters or voter registration agency, by this date. For unaffiliated voters, the mail-in application must be received (not simply postmarked) by the Registrar of Voters by this deadline.
Monday, April 23, at noon is the in-person deadline for new and unaffiliated voters to register in a party for voting in the primary.
Polls will be open for Connecticut voters registered with a major party from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. for the Presidential Preference primary. Connecticut will be part of a regional primary, as voters in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware will also be heading to the polls that day. The complete calendar for the primary can be found online at sots.ct.gov.