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Almost 22,000 unaffiliated voters have switched to major parties since January

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Around 22,000 unaffiliated voters have switched to a major party (WFSB file photo) Around 22,000 unaffiliated voters have switched to a major party (WFSB file photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is alerting Connecticut voters that they can enroll in a party before the upcoming primaries.

Merrill said absentee ballots are now available for voters wanting to participate in the April 26 primary.

"If you intend to vote, but cannot be present at your polling place on April 26,” Merrill said in a statement on Friday. “Then please apply for an absentee ballot. Don't get left out of this important primary!"

Merrill said Connecticut residents are “registering to vote at a record-setting pace and switching their status from unaffiliated voters in order to participate in the presidential primary.”

According to Merrill, almost 22,000 unaffiliated voters have switched to a major party since January. According to the latest counts, 13,722 people switched from unaffiliated voters to the Democratic Party and 8,232 people switched from unaffiliated to the Republican Party.

“New or unaffiliated voters who intend to vote in the primary but have not updated their registration status need to know that time is running out. April 21 is the deadline to use the online system to change affiliation and everyone must remember that there is no Election Day registration for a primary,” Merrill said. 

Any new and unaffiliated voters wanting to enroll in person have until 12 p.m. on April 25.

For more deadlines for the presidential preference primary, click here

On how to apply for an absentee ballot, click here

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