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As summer winds down, Hartford election gears up

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Luke Bronin and Mayor Pedro Segarra (WFSB) Luke Bronin and Mayor Pedro Segarra (WFSB)

As the summer winds down, election season is kicking up.

Many campaigns are in full swing and municipal primaries are only about two weeks away.

The candidates for mayor of Hartford are trying to get voters to register so they can head to the polls.

Campaign signs decorate neighborhoods in Hartford as well.

"That’s the way of our lives---because that's how we are going to get what we need --- we have to vote the very best person in that seat,” said Earlie Powell, a Hartford voter.

The statewide primary is on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Primaries are usually on a Tuesday but because of Labor Day and a Jewish holiday, the day was pushed back.

To vote in a primary, you must be a registered democrat or republican. Unaffiliated voters cannot vote.

Those who choose to register by mail or online have until Sept. 11. Those who want to do it in person have until Sept. 15 by noon.

Unaffiliated voters can still pick a party and register, but it is too late to change parties.

"You can register online now. It takes about 30 seconds. If you have a Connecticut driver's license or Connecticut ID- we can cross check your reference right it's very simple,” said Secretary of State Denise Merrill.

In Hartford, where the race between Mayor Pedro Segarra and democratic challenger Luke Bronin is grabbing a lot of attention, a few votes could make a difference in a close race.

"A lot of problems we have and they are not being addressed so well. Maybe in some neighborhoods but not in the Blue Hills area...and lots of crime and it’s really scary,” Powell said.

There were a lot of problems in last year’s election where there were not enough ballots printed and ballots were not brought to the polls on time.

This year, the secretary of state will have a monitor overseeing the election.

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