Connecticut faces a critical election this November, but the challenges lie ahead well before that with the August primary.

August is generally a ghost town, at least in Fairfield County. It’s the time of year when most plan vacations or visit their summer homes. Summer camp enrollments decline and businesses struggle as residents flee to the Cape or Nantucket, or some other shore or summer destination.

Historically, the mid-August primary has been low in terms of participation — even in a gubernatorial election year.

This year is even more important however, because Gov. Dan Malloy is not running for a third term.

The lack of an incumbent candidate makes this year’s gubernatorial race much more of a jump ball. But before the players take the court — the voters have the option to decide on their teams.

Democrats face a challenge to hold onto state leadership.

Republicans have a chance to gain it.

Regardless of your party, the Aug. 14 primary is critical. As we have learned in the last several years, no election outcome can be taken for granted. Every vote counts.

If you plan to be away for the Aug. 14 primary, you can file your absentee ballot application by Aug. 13. Absentee ballots can be mailed to the Town Clerk's Office, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820.

Aug. 9 is the deadline for registering and/or enrolling for voting in a primary for state, district and municipal office unless register in person with town clerk or registrar of voters or unless file an application for enrollment in person with registrar of voters.
Enrollment application of unaffiliated voter must be received by Aug. 9 by the registrar of voters of the town of residence unless unaffiliated voter files application for enrollment in person with the registrar of voters by 12 noon of Aug. 13. 

Visit to find out where you should be voting and to print out an absentee ballot application. Primary voting takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We get the government we deserve. Democracy is a privilege. Don’t squander it so you can have a day at the beach. Fall is right around the corner and by then it is too late.