Connecticut’s primary is just one week away but many people still have questions about whether they can still register to vote or switch their party affiliation.
Tuesday April 26 is the big day, and officials said every 60 seconds on Monday, someone in Connecticut registered to vote.
The Secretary of State’s office reported that since January 1, more than 76,000 new voters have registered in Connecticut, and those number are continuing to climb.
"Oh yes. We are seeing widespread interest in both the Democrat and the Republican primary far exceeding anything we've ever seen,” said Secretary of State Denise Merrill.
More than 16,000 people have changed from unaffiliated to democrat since the beginning of the year, and nearly 10,000 went from unaffiliated to republican.
With that increased interest, the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut said it wants to make sure everyone understands who can vote and how to still register in advance of the upcoming primary.
If you’re a registered Democrat or Republican and want to transfer from one party to the other, it is unfortunately too late now. That requires a three-month wait, so you would have had to do that by Jan. 26 to vote in the upcoming primary.
If you’re unaffiliated or a new voter, you can register online and pick a party until April 21. New or unaffiliated voters who want to register in person have until noon on April 25. It is important to note that you cannot register to vote on primary day.
"We're very excited about next week’s primary. We thought this was going to be a snooze about a year ago and turns out it's going to be one of the most important primaries we've had,” said Melissa Russell, president of the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut.
Merrill said she is urging everyone to make their voices heard next week in what could be record voter turnout.
"We've been very concerned because the numbers of people voting has been dropping for many years and suddenly we see when it matters people come out,” Merrill said.
For more information to help you register, click here.
Connecticut’s primary will be held on April 26. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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